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Williams-Sonoma Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Dec 1, 2014
Updated Dec 1, 2014
13 Interview Reviews

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    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I walked in at my local store and asked for an application. I filled one out, got called back a couple days later, and came back to sit down with the manager to chat. She told me the basic logistics of being a seasonal sales associate, and promptly answered all my questions. At the end of the interview, she let me know that I had an offer and that I had the next few days to decide to take it or not.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Finance Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by an employee. Interviewed with hiring manager and 2 vice presidents

    Interview Questions
    • they asked me details on my relationship with a specific vendor   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Copy Manager Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma.

    Interview Details

    It was long, hard. There were writing tests and multiple interviews with multiple people. Process dragged out for months, not weeks. HR and others were variously assertive and then would disappear. Don't take this personally! Now that I've been here for some time, I understand that it's part of the company culture. It's the first place I've been where emails often go unanswered.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions are standard, but expect to be asked about the brand itself and about your awareness of the competition. They may try to get at who you are as a person by asking about what brands YOU respond to - and why.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They would not budge on salary. I took a pay cut to work here. They were unapologetic and said those are the kinds of decisions one makes "for the privilege of working" for the brand.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Part Time Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mill Valley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mill Valley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Emailed the contact for West Elm Stores in September 2013 when it was first posted on the windows before store opening. Received an email from Turi to email resume and schedule an interview with hiring manager. Following week received a phone call to come in for an interview at Pottery Barn in Corte Madera CA. Was interviewed along with 5 other people which turned into a group interview for the opening of the Mill Valley-West Elm location. Got a call from Assistant Manager asking to be a part of the team and I accepted. Week of October 22 was the initial hiring process, forms were filled out and binders were given, as well as 3 other morning meetings were met in 3 different locations. (Tiburon, Emeryville, Mill Valley).

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Data Quality Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Three Telephonic rounds followed by face to face for full day

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Project Manager Interview

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

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    3 phone interviews + 1 onsite 4 hours

    Interview Questions
    • how would manage a project with contract development assigned to vendors selected by less costly offer? Not always the best quality   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    for the questions I was asked

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Nice, clean, simple, stylish environment. Pleasant reception and people. Offered me coffee, restroom use, etc. upon arrival. Easy parking and commute. Well organized interview schedule. Provided all names, titles. All interviewers were prompt, professional, knowledgeable and well spoken. Each began and ended on time. Pleasant experience. Firm handshake. Only one mid-level manager wasn't real warm (didn't smile much)

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were normal and expected. Questions were open-ended, encouraging details and specific skills and accomplishments. Asked for most challenging situation and how I resolved it. What did I enjoy about my work most and what I least enjoyed.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The quieter one that didn't interact warmly with me didn't ask very many questions. But, provided criticism that didn't seem based upon anything observed either in person or on my resume. She may have wanted someone else for the job.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Visual/Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Corte Madera, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Corte Madera, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    You will fill out an application and meet with the hiring manager. Most new hires happen in the month of October for seasonal work. After the season is over they usually select a few of the "great" seasonal workers and add them to the regular staff.

    Interview Questions
    • Availability. This is tricky because they will not guarantee you any hours, so if you want this to be your only job, better have a second job just in case you get "no" hours   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    My hiring was conducted in a group setting. All of us were hired for the season. Then I was selected to be a permanent employee after the season was over.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Buyer Interview

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

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy process, 6 total interviews with team. Did not present dysfunctional nature of corporate cultural, communication structure or lack of opportunities for growth.

    Interview Questions
    • There were actually no difficult or surprising questions.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Be sure you are ready and willing to work for a dysfunctional team.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Database Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Williams-Sonoma in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Had phone interview with director for 30 minutes for position expectations and requirements.

    After, I was invited to come on-site to interview with the Sr. Analyst and Analyst and meet the director. Total time spent on-site was three hours.

    Interview Questions
    • They don't ask questions, they give orders: "Spend a minute explaining each of your three best qualities and don't forget to mention why".   Answer Question
    • Now can you tell me three of the worst things about yourself.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated rate through agency for a year long contract. If you go in through an agency and not as a WSI temp, be aware that the hiring manager may have to negotiate your rate with his or her VP after it is decided they want you. It is vital that you are firm with the agency in terms of the rate you demand because once you are in the budget, you won't be compensated over what is in the budget.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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