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Abercrombie & Fitch Manager In Training (MIT) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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Manager In Training (MIT)

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in September 2011.

Interview Details – Went in the store, applied for the position, and then received an informal interview with the store manager. In this interview she just talked to me about the position and asked basic questions. The store manager then referred me for an interview with the district manager. The questions asked in the 2nd interview were harder than expected, and even though I had prior experience with the company I was not selected for the position.

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Manager In Training (MIT)
DePointford, NJ

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in December 2009.

Interview Details – The District Manager interviewed me on the couches outside of the store. Our interview lasted for 3 hours, but it didn't seem like it. He asked a lot of questions about past work experience and how I resolved issues in work and in school. It was an awesome interview and a few days later he called to offer me the job! I accepted :-)

Interview Question – Name a time when you had many obligations and had to prioritize. How did you prioritize and why?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. I was offered a great salary!


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Manager In Training (MIT)
Honolulu, HI

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in August 2008.

Interview Details – One to one interview. Usually a one time sit-down unless hiring manager is on the fence about making an offer. Situational questions based on previous experience and/or 'what would you do if...'

Interview Question – What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?   Answer Question


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Manager In Training (MIT)
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in April 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online through the Abercrombie website and was invited to attend a group information session, from this I didn't get any further. I was told I could re-apply after 3 months, which I did.

After attending a first interview (info session) again, I got through to the second stage.
The first round consists of a group session with about 3 or 4 other people, held at the flagship A&F store. It's very informal with the recruiter just asking about yourself, and why you are suitable for the company.

The second stage was an 1:1 interview with a district manager, mine was at the Westfield Stratford Hollister store. This time it was a bit more formal, even though it was just out the back of the store. Questions were based very much upon your experience, putting yourself in situations and explaining how you would handle each one. I was told I'd hear within 2 weeks whether I'd get through to the next stage or not.

After 1 week I got a call from the guy who interviewed me in the first round, informing me of getting through to the third and final interview.

This time it was informal, located in a local Starbucks near the flagship A&F. It was with a senior recruiter for the UK, and it was basically getting a second opinion of me. The questions were more laid back, with a few directed towards A&F and how you feel you would suit the company. I was then told a week later that I'd got the job!

Overall the process was laid-back, and relatively simple if you are passionate about the brand. I'd advise people who got turned away from the first round to try again after 3 months.

Interview Question – Why are you perfect for the role at A&F?   Answer Question


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Manager In Training (MIT)
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in April 2012.

Interview Details – I got the interview through my school's On-Campus Recruiting system. The recruiter was friendly and very casual/informal to start off. Eventually, the interview got a bit more serious and she asked about 10-15 situational questions. That was the toughest part of the interview. Besides those questions, it was pretty basic and straight forward. The next week I got an email saying that I could interview with a hiring manager. The hiring manager's "interview" is very laid-back. It's more of a meet-and-greet (they called it that themselves.) This one took no more than 10 minutes while the first interview was closer to an hour.

Interview Question – Talk about a time that you had to make a decision that was unpopular and how you handled it.   Answer Question


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Manager In Training (MIT) Interview

Manager In Training (MIT)

The process took a day - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in December 2011.

Interview Details – Was spotted on the streets and invited to an interview. First interview was simply a briefing. The person I interviewed with was very engaging, helpful and organized. He made the job seem exciting and I really appreciated his enthusiasm.

Second interview wasn't that great. The interviewer walked in, in his gym clothes and informed me, "oh can we re-schedule to tomorrow?" without any apologies. I thought that was really unprofessional. He then casually asked me if I had any questions. (Their style is real casual)

The next day, I went for the interview again. My interviewer didn't have an interview room for me! We did the interview in the storeroom. He had this thick set of questions for me. But the interview was puzzling. He seemed disinterested in what I had to say and whenever he asked me something from his thick set of notes, he busily scribbled down some stuff with no eye contact whatsoever. It was quite off-putting and really discouraged me as an interviewee. So I kept my answers pretty short because I didn't get any feedback from him. Usually interviewers will at least try to look interested.

I think overall, A&F has a really laidback culture. I felt like I couldn't fit in. I'm not that laidback. I guess I'm used to the organized culture that most local companies here have so I didn't want to proceed any furthur. If you're a laidback person who is really out-going and loud, then this job is suitable for you.

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Manager In Training (MIT)
Portland, OR

The process took a day - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in May 2011.

Interview Details – I interviewed with our district manager. I had already worked for the company before, so I knew that they were hiring pretty much 100% based on looks. The M.I.T. hiring process is the same as the "brand model" hiring process except you need to have a bachelors degree. The questions were pretty simple situational questions about prior experiences or how I handled certain situations.

Interview Question – Name a big challenge you had to overcome in your life?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. You do not get to choose your salary or which store location you would like to do your MIT program in.


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Manager In Training (MIT)
Las Vegas, NV

The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in February 2012.

Interview Details – The interview was very relaxed and in a casual manner. I sat down with the district manager in a food court area of a mall. I was first asked about why I wanted to work for the company and why I am a good candidate, and then I was presented with a series of situation based questions.

Interview Question – Describe a situation where you had to work with someone who was culturally diverse from you and how did you go about working with them.   Answer Question


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Manager In Training (MIT) Interview

Manager In Training (MIT)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in January 2011.

Interview Details – Stage 1 - Information session - You will be told about the position, asked about career aspirations etc. If you fit the brand image, have a personality, have a degree (any) and a genuine reason for wanting to start a career in retail management you will get through.

Stage 2 - Competency based interview - focus on leadership

Stage 3 - Competency based interview with a more senior manager - again focused on leadership

Interview Question – Give an example of a time you have had a disagreement with someone in the workplace and explain how you went about resolving it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They make an offer, no negotiation other than location.


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Manager In Training (MIT)
Columbia, MO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Abercrombie & Fitch in October 2011.

Interview Details – Very casual and laid back - good atmosphere for alternative to typical desk job. It is clear that it is based on looks, attitude, and ability to conform

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had an issue with a co-worker   Answer Question

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