Forever 21 Visual Merchandiser Interview Questions

Updated Apr 17, 2015
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Visual Merchandiser Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Forever 21 in February 2015.

Interview

The interview process took about a month from first interview to hiring. I applied online during Janurary, which was not the smartest since they are on a hiring freeze during Jan and Feb. The hiring manager finally reached out and called to set up and in-person interview. The interview was with the store manager, who had just started with the company a few months prior. Standard interview questions.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Forever 21 in October 2014.

    Interview

    It take about 2 weeks. Finally, a visual manager got in contact with me to set up a interview with her and her field visual manager. The interview took about 2 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the latest fashion trends?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Wasn't willing to give me what I want.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Forever 21 (Sacramento, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The whole entire process took 4 weeks; however i applied at the first location for any management job, then another location for visual merchandiser.. twice, and then again for a different management position. For the interview you'll start with building three outfits.. mine were a going out, work, and a must have. You'll then either pass or fail that first task, then next you'll answer actual "sit-down" interview questions. After that, they asked me to design a table based on merchandise they provided. That was for the visual merchandiser position, the assistant manager interview was much much harder.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the most constructive piece of criticism a former boss or current boss ever gave or has given you? Explain why, and if you agreed or disagreed with it.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They offered me 12$ an hour, however i also had 2 years of visual experience.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Forever 21 (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    Sit-down interview. Looked at my references, asked me about my experience. Very straight forward.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Got the pay I wanted after initially not accepting.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Forever 21 (Grand Rapids, MI) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I noticed the job posting on the Forever 21 website, so I applied and got a call back about a week later for an interview. I was interviewed by an assistant manager as well as the visual manager. I felt very comfortable in the interview, like I was having a conversation with friends. They are very interested in hiring trend-savvy individuals, so they asked me, "What fashion blogs do you follow?"; "Who are your celebrity style icons?"; and "What is a current fashion trend that you're loving?" They then took me on a tour of the store, and had me pick out a few outfits. In one section of the store, the manager asked me to critique the wall display and asked me what I would add to it (that was probably the most unexpected question for me!). I left thinking the interview went really well. A week later, they called me and offered me the job.

    Interview Questions

    • "Critique this wall display. What would you have done differently, or what could be added to make it a more effective display?"   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I originally asked for $12. When they told me that they normally start visual merchandisers out at $10, I asked for $10.50. The store manager had to check with her district manager, and she approved me for $10.50.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Forever 21 (Poughkeepsie, NY) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was tipped off to the position opening by a friend & stopped in to ask for an application. The store manager, after some light questioning, told me to come in the next day when the Visual Manager was in. I did just that, and brought my resume with me. The Visual Manager and I chatted casually about my availability and past experience then she set up an in-depth interview for the next week. During that interview, I was asked all the basic questions: Why do you want to work for F21? What do you have to offer the company? Who are your favorite designers? What are your strengths/weaknesses? etc. Then, she had me choose three outfits: a contemporary look for the working 30 year old woman, a fashion forward look, and a look that best described my personal style. I was told they were still in the process of interviewing and would get back to me. I received the job offer the next day.

    Interview Questions

    • What are 2 strengths/2 weaknesses?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Can't complain with full-time + benefits.

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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Forever 21 in September 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted the day after applying for the position and had an interview with the store manager. The interview was followed by an interview with the Visual Merchandising Manager at the store where I pulled three looks and she walked me through the store. A week later I was told there wasn't actually a full-time position available (even though that was what the job posting was for), but if I wanted to work at another store there would be a position. I then interviewed with a manager at the other store. Then they said they would set me up with the Field Visual Manager for an interview with her as well. After interviewing with her I then had another interview with the Visual Manager at the second store. After that interview he said he had to set me up with the Field Visual Manager for an interview, but I mentioned I had already spoke to her. The FVM gave the go ahead but the store manager at the second store wanted to interview me as well. If you're keeping track this is a total of six interviews for this crappy company that can't even bother to communicate across stores. It took about a month in total to be hired on when it should have taken maybe a week and a half.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing was too difficult, most of these people interviewing me were lucky enough to have some college experience let along finish high school   Answer Question
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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lincoln, NE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Forever 21 (Lincoln, NE) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I applied on-line and got a phone call for an in person interview with the store manager. The interview was very relaxed and easy going like a conversation with a friend. I was then scheduled a second phone interview with the district visual manager. The store manager prepped me for the types of questions the district visual manager might ask and assured me I would do great. The phone interview was a little more intense but went very well. My main advice is to relax and be yourself. Yes, definitely highlight your successes and talents, but don't let that hold you back from showing your personality! Management wants to get a taste of who they will be working with and how compatible you will be with co-workers.

    Interview Questions

    • What trend I would like to see come back and why. I was so wrapped up in the business I was pleasantly surprised with a question about my own interests and opinions.   Answer Question
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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milwaukee, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Forever 21 (Milwaukee, WI) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Applied in early January 2013 and did not receive a call until mid march 2013. I was called and asked to come in for a face to face interview with the visual manager and field visual merchandiser. The Interview lasted for about 30 minutes and then I was asked by the field visual if I would be comfortable merchandising a 4 way fixture, I agreed and passed the test.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult aspect of the interview was probably merchandising a fixture according to their standards, which an applicant would not be familiar with.   1 Answer
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    Visual Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Forever 21.

    Interview

    The process consisted of three interviews.
    First interview, were typically work related questions, putting outfits together by color story, a second outfit targeting a particular customer. Questions such as how do you stay ontop of fashion? What blogs do you follow?
    Second interview consisted of the field visual manager asking questions regarding your past experiences and the current positions. Why should we hire you? What can you bring to F21?
    The third Interview was with the Store Manager of F21 asking questions such as where have you done fashion internships? How well do you think your fashion internships has helped you?

    Interview Questions

    • On the color story you cannot have two neutral colors. Pretty much, mix matching prints and knowing color theory can help.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They try to bring your wage down, regardless I was able to negotiate taking into consideration that I have a Visual Merchandising AA and BA in fine art.

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