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Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
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    Banana Republic, Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Merchandise Presentation Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wichita, KS
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fresno, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fresno, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Banana Republic in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Main focus was on the ability to sell a credit card.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a call for an interview a couple weeks later. I was very nervous, read on it a lot and thought my clothes and accessories through. Really shouldn't have bothered. I was interviewed by a girl wearing uggs and a huge chunky cardigan - not very fashiony. Questions were very simple.

    Interview Questions
    • None, really. The unexpected part for me was how poorly rooms in the back looked - no proper office in sight, cold rooms with exposed bricks.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Sale Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to the Stonestown store, heard back from them within a few days, and then scheduled an interview. I showed up 30 minutes early, they told me to hold on while they notified the Sales Manager, and was not addressed till 10 minutes after the scheduled interview time. The sales manager came in finally and greeted me and two other interviewees (which I was unaware there would be) and we were walked back to the break room. He was wearing camouflage pants, and the other two interviewees were wearing jeans, which I thought was odd considering the store. He then began reading from a packet he said Banana Republic "makes him read". Struggling over sentences, he read them off and had us all answer. We did so in no particular order, and the other two candidates usually waited as if unsure of how to answer, so I was usually speaking first. Once the questions were finished, which took about an hour, he had us go out and pick two outfits (one for a guy and one for a girl) and create and outfit they could change into without going home to change. This took about 25 minutes, we came in and then showed him. Pitched our scenarios. He said great, then awkwardly commented on how he didn't judge us on how fashionable our choices were because he doesn't know much about fashion.... Most important part of the interview was him making the case that you need to sell the Banana Republic credit card, which I was the only interviewee who knew what it was and the importance behind it. We left and within two days they sent out an email notifying me I did not get the job, besides being over qualified for the position. Not sure if the other two got the job, I would assume not considering they were extremely underdressed and did not answer the questions well, but the way the interviewer acted and presented himself, I wouldn't be too surprised. Completely unprofessional interview and really a waste of time.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult, just trying to get you to sell the credit card.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    One on one interview; asked first why I want to work at Banana Republic; what was my favorite thing about my favorite jobs; what was my least favorite thing about my last job; availability; how do you feel talking to strangers; what do you do in your spare time

    She said she would interview a couple of more people and then call me within a week.

    Interview Questions
    • Well. everybody asks why they want to work for the specific company, but I didn't shop at Banana Republic, so I was a little startled, but I'm pretty sure she liked me.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I received a call inviting me to a group interview 1 day after I applied online and went on to the 2nd interview. The day following the 2nd interview, I received a generic e-mail that I didn't get the job.

    There were about 10 people at the group interview. The group interview took about 1.5 - 2hrs. We were initially told it would take about 1hr 15 mins, "depending on how chatty we get". We met in the conference room on the 4th floor of the store. We sat down according to where there were folded pieces of paper with our first names on it. The interviewer was about 5 minutes late. During this interview, we were asked a question and sometimes the people on either end of the table would be picked to begin answering or maybe someone randomly from the middle of the table.

    We were asked for our availability around the holidays and during the week in general and how many hours we were able to work. Other general interview questions that were asked:

    Why are you interested in working at Banana Republic?
    Describe a time when you approached a stranger.
    When is a time you went above and beyond for a customer?
    Describe how you handled a project with little to no direction.

    After the questions, the interviewer told us a lot of information about the company, the brand, and the specific store. We were also asked our top 2 preferences for the different sub-groups as Sales Associates: visual, stock, sales, and cashier. Some interviewees asked questions to the interviewer towards the end and before leaving the room, the interviewer told us to say in one sentence or in a few words, what is something unique that we can bring into the job (or something like that).

    We were told that we would hear back (via email or phone) by Monday night but I didn't get a call back from them until Tuesday afternoon for a 2nd interview.

    The 2nd interview was a 1-on-1 and took place on the 3rd floor in a small room behind a heavy curtain in the Men's section. The very first question I was asked was: Why do you want to work at Banana Republic? (It's a very loaded question because I had so many reasons and had some trouble organizing my thoughts on the spot. Make sure that you have specific reasons and list them out with short explanations to back up your reasons. It'll make more sense that way to the interviewer and you'll have a better sense of direction for yourself, too.)

    After that initial question, I was told the position was a visual position, which means merchandising. I was totally up for a visual role but I wish they would have specified in the job description (or even during the 1st interview) so that I could have presented my skills more appropriately when I was answering the question of "why do you want to work at Banana Republic". The 2nd interview isn't really a time to re-share your skills because that's already assessed in the 1st interview. During the 2nd interview, show more of your personality and ask questions that help you determine what that store's culture is like.

    The interviewer described the visual position and for the rest of the interview, it was just me asking questions about the culture of this particular store. The interviewer was very patient and elaborate in the answers to the questions that I asked. The interview took about 30-35 minutes. There were also people that I saw from the 1st interview going before and after me.

    Overall, Banana Republic is a great brand under a great company and I just need to remind myself that every store's culture is different even though they're under one brand. This is because different groups of people work in different stores. Although I may not fit in with the culture of this particular store, I might fit in well with another Banana Republic store elsewhere.

    During the 2nd interview, I asked what the leadership style was like at that store and I was told that each supervisor has a different leadership style and in the end, "they're human". Another question I asked was, "What is a challenge of working in this position?" To which I was told something like, "Working in a large team." I like being around many different people so working on a large team is actually favorable to me. I just found it interesting that I was given that particular answer, which is, once again, culture-related. I guess it's all about the culture. And I agree, good cultural fit in any job is very important.

    Usually, 1st interviews determine whether your skills fit the job and the 2nd interviews determine your cultural fit with the job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lynnwood, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lynnwood, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for a seasonal position and got a call regarding the position ten days later. The person I spoke with said she was the store manager and told me she would call me for a phone interview some time in the late morning a couple of days later. She never called me for the interview and did not return my call after I left a message for her with a store associate... when I tried to contact her to see why my interview call was late/never happened I was told she was on break and to leave my name and phone number(which I did).

    I can understand that if I wasn't picked for the position or if the position had been filled that there wouldn't be a need to proceed with my interview process. However, I'm disappointed with the lack of communication on Banana Republic's part and have since withdrawn my application.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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