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.
Call you with questions, schedule interview, then do a total of 4-5 training days
The interview was calm with simple questions. If the manager liked you she asked you to come in for a trail day, if not I don’t know what happens.
Answered - Salesman/Customer Service (Former Employee) - Fort Wayne, IN
Usually simple. Call to check on applications and then you get an interview to sit down with a manager
Answered - Store Manager (Former Employee) - Avon, IN
3 interview process
Answered - Key Holder (Former Employee) - Cedar Rapids, IA
They call you on the phone, ask a couple of questions, then you got to goto the store for the second interview.
Answered - Sales Associate (Former Employee) - Virginia Beach, VA
Just answering questions
Answered - Keyholder/shift manager (Former Employee) - Madison Heights, MI
The interview is standard for a basic sales associate position. Short and to the point.
Answered - Key Holder (Former Employee) - Tonawanda, NY
Your interview is done with the manager of the stuff.
Dress professional and stylish, and be ready to answer questions about your taste in clothing and possibly some pop culture.
Answered - Sales Associate (Former Employee) - Columbia, SC
Very laid back
Answered - Shift Leader (Former Employee) - Southaven, MS