I applied online and interviewed at Ross Stores.
Interview Details – Quick phone interview with HR. She set me up with an office visit for two days later. Filled out a short retail math test (10 minutes) in the lobby before getting to speak with HR. Spoke to HR one-on-one for 30 minutes and then two managers separately. They seemed to really want someone with prior experience as a planner or financial analyst.
Interview Question –
What do you know about the company and about the job?
What did you do in your prior job?
Why planning? Why a planner and not a buyer?
How good are you at excel (supposedly they do a lot of analytic work- but advanced excel is not necessary)?
If you were to open up a business, where would you open it and why? Answer Question
Interviewed at Ross Stores
Interview Details – the process was extremely regimented and thorough, as the interview lasted over an hour with each individual that i met with.
Interview Question – where do you see yourself in 5 years Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Ross Stores in May 2013.
Interview Details – Must go through multiple interviews in person usually are same day. Most are 30 minutes.
Interview Question – The questions are pretty standard. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Ross Stores in April 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through the campus career website. It took about a month for me to get an interview. Recruiter emailed first asking if I was still interested in the internship, then had a phone interview. After the phone interview with basic questions, why I'm interested in Ross and if I had any questions for her. Required to do a basic "math" test on information that would relate to the business (VERY EASY). She brought me into the office in NYC to meet/interview with who I would later find out would be my boss. Had an interview with the recruiter, then 2 30 minute interviews with the people I would be directly working with. Fairly easy interviews, asking why I was interested if it wasn't my major, describe past work experience, where would you like to be in 5 years. A day after the interview, I was called by the recruiter to see how my interviews went and if I liked the other interviewers. Then there was the background check. After the background check and calling all my references, I was offered the position. Total of 12 days from phone interview to the offer.
Interview Question – Why would I want to intern with Ross? What was biggest accomplishment? Describe a task that you had to work with a group and not everyone wanted to do the same thing. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Ross Stores in October 2012.
Interview Details – I first received a call from one of the HR recruiters, did a 5-10 minute interview over the phone about my experience. Then was scheduled for an interview that week met with another HR recruiter and just discussed my interest in the position, why I wanted to work for retail and how my past experience correlates to this position. Before all that they make you take a math test on percentages right before the first interview. What they don’t tell you over the phone is they keep you there for half the day because they want you to meet with a multitude of managers and what annoyed me is how long they would make me wait in between each interview. Whatever the case they ask you about your past experiences, why you want to work for retail, why Ross stores and a number of behavioral questions such as: name a time you had to work in a group and things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, weakness/strength. The thing I don’t like about behavioral questions is no body actually answers them honestly and they themselves expect pageantry answer s. Also make sure you brush up on you excel knowledge that’s a plus. Another thing I didn’t like is they conduct so many interviews a day; it seems as if you apply they will call you… You will know what I am talking about when you go in for the interview.
Interview Question –
If you could open up a retail store, what kind of store would you open up and what are the factors you would consider?
How do you think retail stores define success? View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Ross Stores in February 2012.
Interview Details –
Got the interview through a listing on my college's job services and received a phone screen about 3 weeks after applying. Phone screen was pretty easy just shot off my analytic acumen, it also helped that I sent in a mock excel spreadsheet of some of the work actual location planning analysts conduct. We discussed that for a bit and scheduled an interview.
Prior to the interview I had to take some silly test that deal with percentages and inventory turnover...very simple stuff, for any candidate. Walked into the interview and it was pretty straight forward. Generic questions first--what type of person would you categorize yourself as, what are strengths/weaknesses, give me an example of how you demonstrated [insert quality]--all questions were followed by a "show me an example of how you did this at this job...Moved a to a different room oddly since it was very hot and then discussed where I saw myself in 2 years, and then long-term goals..etc.
The KICKER for this position was "WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE--WHAT SPECIFICALLY APPEALS TO YOU ABOUT ROSS STORES SPECIFICALLY?"
This is the END ALL BE ALL question and you better have a convincing answer for this question. It should take about 5-10 min of thinking prior to the interview to really figure out why you like Ross Stores and being a location analyst. Specific answers are necessary.
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