I was a Manager for quite a while, and my interviews started with a phone call that asked a few questions pertaining to detailed availability, retail experience (not that you need it, it is just nice to have), and what your long term goal is in your career. After that it was an in person interview. I asked for interviewees to wear trendy clothing that you would wear on a dressy casual day. (Jeans with ripps were totally good!) I ran a very laid back interview in which I just got a feel for your intelligence level, work ethic, and went over your references that I previously called and asked what you might have thought they said about you to see if you knew how others perceive you because how customers perceive you is key in becoming successful in retail. If you came across as a complainer, someone that would be late, or someone that didn't seem dependable, the interview was over. If I felt you would be a good addition to the team, I would have you pick out two outfits (one mens and one womens) to get a feel for your style awareness. If it was good, I knew I could possibly consider you for a buyer position in the future. If I offered you the job we would start you on a three week trial so we could get a feel on whether we were a good fit for each other. If any drama arose, I would immediately let you go. Or if you didn't actually find that it was a good fit for you, you could leave without 2 weeks notice.
Hope this was helpful!
P.S. If your application wasn't filled out completely, you had more than 5 jobs in the last 2 years, or you gave less than the three required references, your application went immediately to the NO pile. I was looking for dedicated long term employees that I could eventually promote and train to be consistantly great.
Rather quick process depending on if they are currently hiring. If not they will look at your application when they ARE looking for new hires. Otherwise you interview, and shortly after maybe two weeks you should get a call from the store manager discussing if they want you on the team!
You get first pick of items before they're placed on the sales floor.