Sherwin-Williams Interview Questions

Updated Sep 14, 2014
Updated Sep 14, 2014
282 Interview Reviews

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    Manager Training MTP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fort Myers, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Myers, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    A good friend of mine that works for Sherwin had referred me to this position as I had just graduated with my Bachelors. (A requirement for this position) After applying online, it took over a month and a half for them to respond to me. It was near impossible to follow up on the application as it is all handled through their office in Atlanta. I reached out to their district office in order to find out how to do so and was eventually given a phone number for a hiring director. I called and got no response so I left a message. I was eventually notified that I was scheduled for a phone interview. I had felt the majority of it went quite well and was sure that I would be offered the opportunity for the in-person interview with the District Manager. After another week of waiting, I was notified via e-mail with a stock message saying that they had decided to pick another candidate that was more qualified.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time where you weighed the pros and cons of a situation and then decided NOT to take action.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams.

    Interview Details

    If you are looking for an assistant manager position within SW, this is a great place to start if you are just out of college. Typically there are about three interviews, the first starts with a recruiter, the second with the district manager, and the third is usually a store visit or another with the district manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself going within this company?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They give you a set offer plus bonus.
    Accepted Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    College Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Three-part interview process which began with a telephone interview, then moved on to a store visit, and finally an interview with the district manager. The initial recruiter who gave you the phone interview stayed with you during the whole process and helped with any questions and always followed up to help schedule the next step. Everyone was very friendly, very obviously loved the company, and it was a great experience. The questions were pretty typical and included things like, "where do you see yourself in _ years?" or "describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer," "why do you want to work for Sherwin-Williams?" etc. The recruiter was the only one who had actually really looked at your resume and would ask questions over that, the store visit was more for you to ask questions and see if you wanted to work there, and the district manager asked a lot of the same questions as the telephone interview, but it was just more serious and in a professional setting.

    Interview Questions
    • Give a specific example of when you had to deal with a customer in a difficult situation.   Answer Question
    • Give an example of times where you have been a leader and talk about your leadership style   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, salary was set already.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Management Training Program (MTP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Three-part interview process which began with a telephone interview, then moved on to a store visit, and finally an interview with the district manager. The initial recruiter who gave you the phone interview stayed with you during the whole process and helped with any questions and always followed up to help schedule the next step. Everyone was very friendly, very obviously loved the company, and it was a great experience. The questions were pretty typical and included things like, "where do you see yourself in _ years?" or "describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer," "why do you want to work for Sherwin-Williams?" etc. The recruiter was the only one who had actually really looked at your resume and would ask questions over that, the store visit was more for you to ask questions and see if you wanted to work there, and the district manager asked a lot of the same questions as the telephone interview, but it was just more serious and in a professional setting.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were normal questions. There was some situational questions on the last interview.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No, negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Management Training Program (MTP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview is pretty straight forward 20 minutes of situational questions about past leadership, customer service, etc. Be quick on responses and just tell the truth, if you don't fully answer the question and ramble, the interviewer will question your response

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time you brought an idea to a group of people the pros and cons of the idea and how people reacted to it and how you convinced the group go with your idea   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Branch Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Easy as long as you prepare well

    Interview Questions
    • What can you contribute more to the company that you are not doing right now.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Part Time Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    The managers are highly professional and respectful. I walked in looking for employment and walked out two hours later employed. I felt welcomed the moment I walked in. I did not get ugly looks when I told them I was here for a job. I was asked if i wanted to interview that same day or come back another day. If this is offered to you I recommend interviewing right then and there. I believe this shows confidence and that goes a long way.

    Interview Questions
    • The question I felt was difficult to answer was why do you want to work for Sherwin Williams since i have never had any contact with this company before.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern, MTP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saratoga Springs, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saratoga Springs, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams.

    Interview Details

    Received an e-mail through my college's career development center of an HR rep from SW coming to hire for internships at school. Sent in a resume and cover letter and went in for a face-to-face interview. Was notified by HR within a week that I got it. Next step was to visit my training store in Saratoga Springs and ask the managers questions. After that, I had to meet with the district manager for placement.

    Interview Questions
    • Just asked very basic questions to see how interested and dedicated you'd be to get involved with their internship. Asked about grades, schooling, etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    i didn't negotiate anything, I just wanted an internship for some business experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Store Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Meet some employees at a Career Fair, Applied Online, Phone Interview, One on One interview.

    Process between Career Fair and One on One interview is about One month. Might be less for some people.

    Offered me the job on the spot.

    Interview was very easy. Basic interview questions, no curve balls.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sherwin-Williams.

    Interview Details

    I randomly walked into the store , asked if they were hiring and applied . I spoke directly to the store manager every time .Relaxed envoirment but still very professional . Had my interview with the store manager, the next day interview i also interview with district manager. Most stores have a small staff so be prepared to work mornings and weekend. Customer service is important for this position so try to highlight your skill in this area.

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioral question : Tell me about a time where you had a angry customer.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    He me ask how much I want t
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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