J. C. Penney Sales Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Manager Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Contacted by a College Recruiter. Asked different questions to determine leadership skills and work ethic. After phone interview with recruiter, a face to face interview with a store manager is scheduled. If he/she likes you then the recruiter sets up a phone or in-person interview (depending on location) with a District Manager. Pretty standard interviewing through the whole process.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Support Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    Very structured interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Very easy questions. Mostly regarding candidate's personality   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  3.  

    Sales Manager Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    Easy questions. Talk about your resume, tell me about a time you showed leadership, were involved in a group, tell me about project you worked on with difficult group members what did you do, why would you be fit for this position

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too difficult- make sure you can talk about past projects and past experience   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    1 phone screen, interview with Store Manager and offer

    Interview Questions
    • SAR questions what is your weakness and how do you improve daily give an example   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Set rates based on experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Sales Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    I had 4 interviews before I was hired. Only one of them was a face to face interview. it took almost a month.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Sales Manager Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at J. C. Penney in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    interview with store manager
    then second interview with district manager

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    corporate made all salary decisions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Corpus Christi, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Corpus Christi, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    The whole process from start to finish was easy. The only concerned I had with the hiring process is how they questioned me about my degrees. Fortunately, I explained it to them as best possible and it worked.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was able negotiate a higher salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Manager Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview took a few weeks total. I was first given a phone interview where they asked basic personality questions such as "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" and "What kind of retail experiences you have". Questions such as what is sales margin, and retail formulas were asked. Then they flew me out to their corpoate offices in Dallas and we went through a panel, and then more interviews and questions.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I had a better offer with their competitors

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Sales Manager Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Frisco, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frisco, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. First there was a phone interview with the HR rep. Then a one on one interview with the store manager of the JCPenney you would be interning at. And then there was another phone interview with the district manager.

    The first interview was the most nerve wracking and intense but after that it actually got much easier

    Interview Questions
    • Tell about a time you had to solve a problem when the solution wasnt intially clear   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Sales Manager Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tucson, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tucson, AZ
    Application Details

    The process took 3 days - interviewed at J. C. Penney in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    You will first either apply online or submit your resume to a manager at a career fair. You will first be contacted by a recruiter from the home office, and he will conduct the preliminary interview. Then, you will be set up with a one-on-one interview within a store with a store manager. After this second interview, you will find out within a few weeks if you got the job or not. You give them your top three location preferences, and they are never honored. You will likely get placed somewhere you do not want to be.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to go against company policy in order to please a customer.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Set salary. If you are thinking about accepting an offer, really weigh the options with the other, likely better companies you are interviewing with. JCPenney is definitely on the low-end of the payscale for recent college graduates. If you are going for an in-store job, be aware that there is very little opportunity for promotion after you become a department manager. My store manager had been with the company almost 25 years, and had only received the one promotion from department manager to store manager. The district manager had been with the company over 40 years, which is the next step up. And the pay differences are nothing special.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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