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About Advance Auto Parts

Number of Employees: 27,000+

Headquarters: 5008 Airport Road NW Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 561-6950

Advance Auto Parts ranks as the second largest automotive replacement parts retailer in the US. Founded in 1932, Advance Auto Parts has more than 3500 stores throughout 40 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Originally founded by the owners of Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts had its beginnings in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. Other branded names owned by Advance Auto Parts include Advance Discount Auto Parts and Western Auto.

What to Expect When Interviewing

The majority of applicants that interview for a position at Advance Auto Parts report a positive interview experience. Potential employees can expect a fairly straightforward interview process consisting of a face-to-face interview with a store manager, in which standard interview questions are posed and a personality test may be administered. An example might include a question such as, "Are you familiar with auto parts?" Those applying for managerial positions may find a more rigorous interview process that may include a panel interview or a skills test. Potential employees can apply online or in person. Applicants who are offered positions may need to complete a drug test and submit to a background check.

Recent Awards

  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009