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30 Sherwin Williams Interview Questions

By: Ryan Brown

Question 1 of 30
Why do you believe our stores have been as successful as they have been, against the big-box retailers?
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How to Answer
This is a question I have thought of in the past, as I live in Cleveland Ohio (home of Sherwin Williams) and see their retail locations pop up across the suburbs and outskirt towns of Northeast Ohio, which is, how does Sherwin Williams compete against the likes of Lowes, Menards, and Home Depot? A few reasons could be; that they must be a preferred destination for contractors and professional painters. Even with the paint costs typically higher than that of a box store. One could conclude that professionals must find their paint to be superior to those of a box store. Also, the convenience of a phone call to a known Sherwin Williams worker, a person that will likely be familiar to your own product needs and will have your paint supplies ready to go when requested, is a huge perk.

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Question 2 of 30
Why did you decide to apply at Sherwin Williams?
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Most companies will want to know you have an interest in their company as to the reason why you applied there. Typically, they want a response that relates to them directly. Either you really enjoy the products the company sells, or know the company culture is something you admire. You can also cite how the company is known for promoting employees within.

Question 3 of 30
When have you worked with a customer that desired a lot of attention? How did you handle your interactions with that customer?
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Working at Sherwin Williams, you will come across a wide variety of customers. Some of those customers may be professional painters, contractors, or even a local homeowner looking to complete their first painting project in twenty years. Each customer may require a large amount of attention to accomplish their painting objectives. Describe your previous retail experience where you had to devote a large portion of your time handling one customer. Be sure to remain positive in your story-telling and describe how even though you spent a significant time with that customer, you knew it was worth it because you made the customer happy and loyal to your store.

Question 4 of 30
Besides paints, what other products do we sell?
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Sherwin Williams sells many products through their company. By visiting their website, you can get a quick idea of the products they sell. Some of the products include Stains, Paint Supplies, Sealers, and various Coatings. They also sell specialty paints, such as paints for Airplanes and Marine vehicles.

Question 5 of 30
Tell me about any remodeling projects you have worked on before.
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If you haven't discussed this in your interview yet, the interviewer is trying to find your experience in home improvement. Which typically leads to a decent knowledge of paint supplies. Depending of course, on how much home remodeling experience you have. Sherwin Williams will of course train all their new employees, so do not fret if you have no remodeling experience.

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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Published: 08/23/2018

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About Sherwin Williams

The Sherwin-Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company in the general building materials industry. The company primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America and Europe. The company is mostly known through its Sherwin-Williams Paints line.
Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866, the company operates through four segments: Paint Stores Group (known as Sherwin-Williams Stores), Consumer Group, Latin America Coatings Group, and Global Finishes Group.