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Interviews at JCPenney

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at JCPenney.
Interview experience
Based on 2,729 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 2,726 interviews
Easy
Interview process length
Based on 2,606 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at JCPenney

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
About a day or two
49%
About a week
30%
About two weeks
14%
About a month
4%
More than one month
2%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
67%
Background check
46%
Group interview
33%
Phone call/screening
27%
Problem solving exercises
24%
Least reported steps
Other
5%
Take-home/sample work
1%
They have no interview
0%

What candidates say about the interview process at JCPenney

  • The group interviews are fun and interesting
    Shared on June 13, 2020 - HR Generalist - At the store in mattson
  • Mine was pretty laid back but I think that was just the hiring manager’s nature.
    Shared on May 13, 2020 - Asset Protection Manager - Indianapolis, IN
  • Got hired on the spot.
    Shared on April 11, 2020 - Cashier - Laredo, TX

Interview questions at JCPenney

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • The hiring manager asked my work history, and educational back ground. I was asked what compensation I required and my availability.
    Shared on July 28, 2017 - Human Resource Supervisor - Mesquite, TX
  • Tell me a little about yourself? how did you hear about us? what would you do in a challenging situation?
    Shared on July 26, 2017 - Hair Stylist - New Orleans, LA
  • They asked if we had sales experience, why did we want to work in retail and what we are passionate about
    Shared on June 7, 2017 - Operations Manager - Novi, MI
Interview tips at JCPenney
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)74%
  • Formal (business suit)13%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)10%
  • They didn’t have a dress code3%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at JCPenney
  • Be polite and honest about who you are.
    Shared on January 16, 2018 - Optical Technician - Stockton, CA
  • Be yourself and be confident.
    Shared on June 21, 2017 - Associate Support Department Supervisor - Hammond, LA
  • Have customer service experience
    Shared on June 12, 2017 - DEPARTMENT SALES MANAGER - New York, NY
The first interview at JCPenney
How candidates got an interview
  • Walk-In22%
  • Other online job site20%
  • Through Indeed15%
  • Employee referral15%
  • Recruiter contacted me8%
How candidates received their first interview at JCPenney
  • Submit application online, and call and check on the status of application. Let them know you're interested. They'll email you to schedule interview. I have a group interview for Cashier.
    Shared on August 15, 2019
  • I had a group interview, it wasn't nerve racking and there wasn't anything to be nervous about. The managers were all VERY nice and they were even joking around with us. What they made us do, was firs…
    Shared on April 20, 2019
  • I called many times regarding my application and they called me back for an interview.
    Shared on April 9, 2019 - Sales Associate - Lake Jackson, TX