Banana Republic Interview Questions

Updated Jun 29, 2015
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hurst, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Banana Republic (Hurst, TX) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online to several stores and got an interview less than a week later. It was a one on one interview. I didn't have any retail experience and the hiring manager said he wanted to build a strong team for the holiday season. I made it clear that it was solely a summer job for me, so I kinda knew I wouldn't be hired.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic in June 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewer had me reserve an item online, to be picked up at the interview. Once I went into my interview, that piece was used in a styling roleplay in the store. After the interviewer reviewed my styling choices, we went into the back for the formal part of the interview.
    The questions were all different from others that I have found online, my Interivewer told me the store was recently just sent a new set for this year. (So be mindful of that when researching and practicing if you have an interview with them). The questions largely covered topics like fashion, and social media. Unfortunately, because the interviewer was new to the questions, and I was admittedly not prepared for them, it was pretty rocky.
    Overall the interview took about half an hour.

    Interview Questions

    • how often/ why are you motivated to give someone a compliment?   Answer Question
    • Social Media Questions:
      How often do you go on social media?
      What social media sites do you use? (Follow up: who do you follow for fashion news on these sites?)
      Where do you get your fashion news?
       
      1 Answer
    • Who is your role model and why?   1 Answer
    • Which celebrity's fashion do you admire most?   1 Answer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I did a group interview with 9 or 10 other people. Some questions where easy and some where difficult. Just make sure you answer every question relating it back to whatever position you're applying for. It's a plus if you already have customer service experience but some things they would want hear about is you working in a team, working in a fast/busy environment and knowing how to interact with customers.

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    GapTech Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and received a response about one month later. After the initial response, the process was about two weeks long consisting of an initial phone interview and onsite interview lasting one hour. Communication was good and I was able to get any questions answered in a short amount of time. Response after the final round interview was only one day.

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    • Resume-based. As a college student, a lot of questions were based on my major or classes and we brainstormed how they might be directly applicable to the job.   Answer Question
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic (Hingham, MA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Pretty negative experience. In regards to time, it was pretty quick. I applied for a temporary position using an online application. I heard back within a 1-2 weeks. My interviewer was very judgmental and made many remarks about my personal appearance. She said that I was cute but that I otherwise was too professional. Just generally acted very condescendingly.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you work in an atmosphere in which you don't fit in?   Answer Question
    • When was a time you experienced bad customer service?   Answer Question
    • What is an example of a time you gave excellent customer service?   Answer Question
    • what skills will you bring to this job?   Answer Question
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    Logistics Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic (San Francisco, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    After initial phone interview, met with several groups from the logistics team. Some interviewers were very friendly while others seemed disinterested. Questions were mostly about my experience and they asked for a lot of examples of past challenges I had dealt with in the workplace, how I had improved previous workplaces, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you please provide an example of how you improved efficiency in your present job?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic in September 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and got a phone call two weeks later asking to schedule a group interview. Many time slots at the location I was applying at but the interview would take place at a mall not the town center where I applied.

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    Merchandise Presentation Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Banana Republic (Wichita, KS).

    Interview

    Had two one-on-one interviews with different managers. The interviews seemed to go well, but I had to initiate contact every time I wanted to know something. They called me initially saying that they were interested in an interview, and three weeks passed before I called them saying that I would like to set something up. They told me after my interviews that it would be two weeks before they would make a decision. I called two and a half weeks later to ask about progress and they said the manager was out of town and I would be called back in two days. A full month after my interviews, I got an automated email saying that I wasn't chosen for the position. After two interviews, I expect at least a quick phone call. I was very disappointed with their timeliness, communication, and how impersonal everything was. I would not apply for another position with the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see your career in 5 years?   1 Answer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Banana Republic (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Pretty much average, dont usually like group interviews. This one was a group of 9-10 people, largest group Ive seen. Answer questions like why banana, why want to work, try to sell us what you are wearing. Any questions you have for us. The usual.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Banana Republic (Fresno, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online in Febuary, got a call in April.
    The person who called asked me to come in for interview 2 days (which is monday) from the day she called me.

    We did a group interview even though she didn't let me know on the day she called me.
    I just came in the store, seeing 2 other people coming in and looking for Margaret (which is the person who called me and the same person who will interview me) for interview.

    We went in the back room. The room wasnt very big. There were 4 of us in it including Margaret, the interviewer.

    First she introduced herself then she started off by asking the following (we each took our turns to answer first, so I wasnt always the person who answers the question first):

    Q: Tell me about yourself?

    Then the following I listed are not in order. I just tried to remember which ones she asked

    Q: Why do you want to work in banana republic? why not others?

    Q: Tell me a time when you initiated a conversation with a stranger?

    Q: Tell me a time when you went out of your way to resolve an issue?

    Q: Tell me about a time when you resolve something through listening?

    Q: Tell me about a time when you were given a project that doesnt have a clear instructions?

    Q: Tell me a time when you have to make a decision?

    Q: What is the environment / situation that brings out the best in you?

    After the interview questions, she verified our availability.
    When we were dismissed, we met the store manager again, which was the person who we all first talked to, that we were there for an interview.

    He asked a couple other questions, like "What have you learned during the interview?"
    And he talked about how you cant be timid in Banana Republic.
    Then he asked if we know about the Banana Republic Credit Card, which seemed to be I was the only one who knew about it among us 3. Well I researched about it that's why.

    Store manager was very friendly, and not very uptight, he's a bit of a joker, he seemed easy to get along with. Same with the interviewer

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when you have to make a decision?   1 Answer

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