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Container Store Visual Sales - Part Time Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Part Time Visual Sales Interview

Part Time Visual Sales

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Interview Details – Apply online, group interview, company's foundation principles explained, video telling about company, group interaction, role play to portray your people skills and selling technique, store tour. Interviewee is requested to email their impression of the interview and the company, as well as any other thoughts or questions to store manager. They then call you back for additional one-on-one interview. Passing a background check and drug test, set up and paid for by the company, are the final steps prior to employment.

Interview Question – Very fun and easy going group interview. Emphasis put on being yourself and interacting.   Answer Question

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Visual Sales - Part Time Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time
Reston, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Container Store in November 2013.

Interview Details – They are great on this process: If they need people they will contact you shortly, pretty much all communication is via email. They usually do group interviews and orientation about the company at the same time. The entire process can take around 2 weeks. Everything is very upfront and easy to follow, you know exactly what to expect next on the process, they tell you exactly when you will be contacted for the next step and they are open to move dates around your availability to make. Very professional.

Interview Question – They give an exercise to discuss on the interview but you have to be prepare before you get there. It's different and exciting.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You have to interview with all the managers before they ask you how much you are expecting, they don't make an initial offer; the GM makes the final offer to you after you take all the tests and meet the other managers.

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Part-Time Sales/Visual

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – I applied online and was called in for a group interview.
The interview was essentially just the managers explaining the company and it's culture to everyone. We were asked to bring a copy of our favorite product from their website to the interview and share it with the group, about why we liked it. We were asked to tell a little something about ourselves and our previous jobs and then asked general questions about The Container Store and what we learned.

They then selected people from their group interviews and narrowed them down. Called me in for a second, one on one interview, which was pretty generic. It was actually a very easy interview, no role-playing involved, no on-the-spot questions.

Then they offered me the position!

Interview Question – "What are your dreams/aspirations?" I have never been asked that in a job interview   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They just told me the position they wanted me for and how much it was per hour, and if it sounded good to me. Later, I found out most co-workers negotiated their salary and got paid a lot more than me. They just will not tell you that unless you negotiate, so PLEASE NEGOTIATE.

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Visual Sales - Part Time Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – My interview process was interesting. First you apply online and you will receive an email in about a week if you have been chosen for a group interview. The next step if you get past the group interview you will be given a one on one interview via phone. After that you will be given a job offer via email or phone. I was originally declined the job but got a call not even a week later offering me the position.

Interview Question – Nothing really unexpected. Its all very laid back and drawn out. Unexpected was the homework you have to being to the group interview   Answer Question

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Part-Time Sales/Visual Interview

Part-Time Sales/Visual
Little Rock, AR

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – Applied for the job and received an email inviting me to a group interview on a Sunday morning. I wasn't sure what to expect, but they assigned me homework to get online and print out what my favorite product of the store was. The group consisted of about 10 other people going for the same positions. Some were there for full-time and some for just part-time. After the group interview, I was invited back for a one on one interview with the store manager. We just discussed what I currently do for my full-time job, and mainly it just felt like a time of getting to know one another. The culture/environment is very laid back and fun, while also getting down to business. That's how the interview process went, but I really believe that they're very interested in the way that you present yourself, your genuineness, and how you will help/treat customers.

Interview Question – They asked what my biggest struggle was in my career journey, which I kind of expected.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation.

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Part-Time Sales/Visual Interview

Part-Time Sales/Visual
Natick, MA

I applied online - interviewed at Container Store in February 2014.

Interview Details – Uploaded resume via website and was invited within a week for a group interview. From talking to the store manager, I gather that they conduct group interviews every so often when they are looking to hire a bunch of new employees. The idea here appears to be that from a training perspective, it's more cost effective AND efficient to train several people all at once. After the group interview, I sent a thank you email and was told that the regional manager had emailed me to invite me back for a one-on-one interview. He hadn't done that, so I reached out to him and he set up a 45-minute interview with the store manager within a few days. I was interviewed at the end of a hiring cycle, so things moved very quickly for me.

Both interviews were very comfortable and pleasant. The group interview took place in the middle of the store on bungee chairs. All the candidates were super upbeat, enthusiastic and extroverted, so it was hard to get a word in edgewise! The questions were fairly predictable (who are you, and what brings you here today), and included viewing and responding to various videos we were shown. And we were asked to prepare an organizing solution and bring that. Not a big deal; just printing out a product page and talking about the challenge you are trying to organize in your home.

Seems like it'll be a great place to work. They provide a lot of training, and I like the idea that I'll likely be starting with a number of other new people. No fun being the only new girl.

Interview Question – At the end of the group interview, we were asked to fill out a schedule with our availability for the next three months, so be prepared with that in advance.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was offered the number I put in their online application ("desired salary"). I will get $12/hour, and wish I had put a higher number. I didn't negotiate. I was told this is the middle of the range, for whatever that's worth.

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Visual Sales - Part Time Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time
White Plains, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Container Store in November 2013.

Interview Details – Three rounds: first was group interview with about 6 other applicants and a manager. Be prepared to know generally about products sold at the Container Store, and be enthusiastic about the opportunity to work there. Second round was one and one with a store manager, typical interview questions including past experience and why you want to work at TCS. Third round was a final interview with the general manager, questions pretty standard and similar to the second round.

Interview Question – How would you approach a customer?   View Answer

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Part-Time Sales/Visual Interview

Part-Time Sales/Visual
McLean, VA

Interviewed at Container Store

Interview Details – I applied through the website for a seasonal part time sales position and heard back within a few days. I was invited to come to a local store to take part in a group interview. We were asked to bring some homework with us - a printout of one or many container store items that we would use to solve a "container" issue in our lives. GET CREATIVE!

Interview Question – There was nothing overly difficult - we were given a selection of items that are sold at the container store and asked to pick one and sell it to the interviewer. Remember, this is a sales position and its for the container store. They have a fun quirky atmosphere and if you want to be part of the team, this is where you need to shine!   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I was offered additional hours at my original place of employment. If not for that I would have snapped up this position in a heart beat

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Visual Sales - Part Time Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Container Store in September 2013.

Interview Details – The hiring process was very relaxed and laid back. The managers and everyone was very easy going and personable. I was asked back for the 1:1 interview two days after the group interview. The 1:1 was great! I was asked very typical questions related to retail/customer service. The process took a little longer then normal because the manager was on vacation the week I was waiting to hear back regarding the offer. I did receive the call, and I accepted.

Interview Question – What would your past employees or managers say about you?   Answer Question

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Part Time Visual Sales Interview

Part Time Visual Sales

Interviewed at Container Store

Interview Details – It was a fairly long process starting with a group interview and then on to several individual interviews. The group interview entailed selling a product to the rest of the group. They want to see how you handle interactions with other people. They also do a background check and a drug test. Overall, they are very thorough.

Interview Question – All of the questions were fairly typical.   Answer Question

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