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Interviews at JCPenney

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at JCPenney.

Interview experience

Based on 4,060 interviews
Favorable

Interview difficulty

Based on 4,252 interviews
Easy

Interview process length

Based on 3,785 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at JCPenney

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 7.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 3.

Interview process length
About a day or two
51%
About a week
29%
About two weeks
14%
About a month
4%
More than one month
2%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
69%
Background check
44%
Group interview
30%
Phone call/screening
27%
Problem solving exercises
22%
Least reported steps
Other
5%
Take-home/sample work
1%
They have no interview
1%

What candidates say about the interview process at JCPenney

  • Telephone with exec in Texas
    Shared on May 14, 2022 - Retail Sales Associate - Redlands, CA
  • Relaxed. This was in Kerrville Texas. Everything is more relaxed there.
    Shared on April 2, 2022 - Sales Associate - At JC PENNEYS
  • It's a group interview. It gives one the ability to have a voice.
    Shared on March 25, 2022 - Sales Associate - Kerrville, TX
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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

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Interview tips at JCPenney

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)72%
  • Formal (business suit)12%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)11%
  • They didn’t have a dress code4%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)1%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at JCPenney

  • If you get any bad vibes RUN
    Shared on June 16, 2022 - Operation Associate - Calumet City, IL
  • 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

The first interview at JCPenney

How candidates got an interview
  • Walk-In22%
  • Through Indeed18%
  • Other online job site17%
  • Employee referral15%
  • Other9%

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

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