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At Vistar we prefer to hire those with some industry knowledge. Can you tell me what Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) is?
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1.
At Vistar we prefer to hire those with some industry knowledge. Can you tell me what Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) is?
The interviewer is looking for evidence that you have some basic knowledge of the logistics industry. How you answer this question will indicate to the interviewer the level of experience that you have in their industry.

Even if you have not worked in the logistics industry before, you should have conducted some industry-related research before your interview. Remember, the interviewer is not necessarily looking for a full understanding of systems and processes (depending on the level of role you are interviewing for) - they may merely be looking for an indication of genuine interest in what they do at Vistar.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Advanced Shipping Notice is an important document that the customer receives containing all of their pertinent shipping information. This notice could include specifics related to their shipment, carrier information, delivery expectations, and estimated arrival time, for example."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I am new to the logistics industry, I believe that ASN is related to shipping notices. With that said, I am here to learn. Could you take a moment to explain ASN briefly to me?"
2.
At Vistar we prefer to hire those with some industry knowledge. Can you explain what Less Than Truckload (LTL) is?
The interviewer is looking for evidence that you have some basic knowledge of the logistics industry. How you answer this question will indicate to the interviewer the level of experience that you have in their industry.

Even if you have not worked in the logistics industry before, you should have conducted some industry-related research before your interview. Remember, the interviewer is not necessarily looking for a full understanding of systems and processes (depending on the level of role you are interviewing for) - they may merely be looking for an indication of sincere interest in what they do at Vistar.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"From my understanding, LTL carriers will transport goods from multiple companies at a time. LTL or, Less Than Truckload, means that the shipper and deliverer may reach an agreement on reduced pricing if they aren't filling an entire truck. Instead of the price being based on the whole truck, it will be calculated according to the weight of the shipment, and the distance."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I am new to the logistics industry, I believe that LTL is related to the shipping of partial loads. With that said, I am here to learn. Could you take a moment to explain LTL briefly to me?"
3.
There are a few major competitors who promise cheaper delivery than we do at Vistar. How will you overcome this challenge with our potential customers?
The interviewer would like to know that you can overcome simple objections from clients. Being the cheapest solution in the market is not necessarily the best answer. Show the interviewer that you can identify the value in their service. How would you show a customer that Vistar is the best choice for their shipping/logistics needs? To answer this question correctly, you must have conducted some research on Vistar and their competitors. Your answer should reflect the ways that Vistar stands out in the industry.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I do not lean on price alone when I discuss shipping options with my customers. I would overcome this objection by showing the customer all of the value-added services at Vistar such as your money back guarantee, the elevated professional environment, as well as the available 24/7 support line. I truly believe that most customers will take service and convenience over cost savings."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I believe that the best business strategy is not to lead by price but by value. The best way to do this is to find out what they value and need, and then show them how I can help them to meet those needs."
4.
Integrity is everything to us at Vistar. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
Show the interviewer that you are honest and trustworthy. Theft can be a significant factor in financial loss for a transportation and logistics company. Discuss with the interviewer how you would do your part to alleviate this issue. If you have experienced a situation like this before, you can certainly use your real-life example. Discuss how you handled the situation and what the resolution was.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I caught a co-worker stealing I would report the situation to my manager right away. If my manager were not available, I would tell the co-worker that I saw what they did and ask them to return the item. I fully believe that it is my responsibility as an employee to enforce theft prevention procedures whenever it is safe to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If I caught a co-worker stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a previous manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."
5.
There are a lot of career options within the logistics industry. Why do you specifically want to work for Vistar?
The interviewer would like to know that this isn't just any ordinary opportunity for you. Show your desire to work for Vistar specifically! Your answer should reveal that you have researchedVistar as well as their competitors.

To prepare, check out the company website and online reviews. Choose the aspect of their organization that stands out most to you. Perhaps Vistar has the best online reviews in the industry. Maybe their company culture aligns well with the work environment you are seeking, or you like that they put a focus on giving back to their community. Whatever your reasons for being interested in Vistar make sure it is evident to the interviewer that you want THIS job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been eager to find a place in your company for some time now. I regularly check your company careers site for opportunities. There are a few reasons why Vistar stands out to me. The primary reasons are your great reputation and the fact that you have a healthy company culture. Your employees seem happy to be here."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This position with Vistar aligns nicely with my career goal of continued growth within logistics. This role is in my comfort zone, but a new enough approach that will intrigue me, and this company size is adequate to support growth."
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