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No Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH – Reviewed May 9, 2013
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I was approached on a social/career networking site by an Abercombie HR recruiter. After the initial exchange through email, we scheduled a time to chat on the phone, a converstion which consisted mostly of him telling me about how exciting he thought Abercrombie was, how great the New Albany campus was, and how Columbus was quite a decent city, too. (I was not a local candidate.)
Subsequently, we set up a Skype interview, which lasted well over an hour - quite atypical for an HR conversation. Many of the questions were behaviorally based, but the strangest and most irrelevant questions were the ones that I felt were geared more towards teenagers or college students. Obviously, he was trying to gauge whether I was one of the "cool kids," and whether what I did when I was 18 would fit the target demographic of Abercrombie today.
A few days later, he emailed me to tell me that he wanted me to Skype with another HR colleague. This conversation was about 40 minutes, and again consisted of some behavioral questions, but also had the typical interview questions like, "What is your biggest strength/weakness?" and "What is your biggest accomplishment?"
After these two encounters, their recruiting team made the travel arrangements to fly me to Columbus, stay overnight, and then go to the office the next morning for a half-day of interviews. I was informed by HR that the dress code was casual, and that their brands were encouraged, so I packed several Abercrombie and Hollister outfits with me. The first thing that I noticed was that it is a walk to get to the front of the office, and you can smell the office from a mile away. (They spray the same fragrance as in the store.) The front desk is manned by flip-flop clad people who look like they would work at the retail store.
The schedule for the morning consisted of the Wonderlic personnel test, then 4 back-to-back interviews of 30 minutes each. I met with another HR person, the hiring manager, a counterpart/peer, and then a business partner. I sat in one of the interview rooms the entire time, where the store music was piped through to the room. None of the interviewers really asked me any questions. They mostly just wanted to chat about how great the brand was, and how they loved their campus.
Afterwards, I had a campus tour with two of the campus tour guides. (I'm not sure if that is their official title, but it was 2 guys in their early 20's who probably wanted to be Abercrombie models.) They showed me the mock-up stores, the gym, the cafeteria, and some of the work spaces. The campus is reminscent of college. it is literally in the woods in the middle of nowhere, New Albany. Everyone is dressed in Abercrombie, and people seem to travel in groups. I didn't see anyone walking around by themselves.
After the campus tour, the initial HR contact came and took me to lunch at the cafeteria. The cafeteria offers a wide variety of food, and supposedly, everything is organic. The music was on full blast in the cafeteria.
Following lunch, they made arrangements for a real estate broker to take me around Columbus and drop me off at the airport.
I didn't hear back from anyone for about 2 weeks, so I figured that they weren't interested, and I was right. I got a call from HR explaining that they decided not to hire anyone externally for the role.
Interview Question – What were your SAT scores? What extracurricular activities did you do in college? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH – Reviewed Mar 15, 2013
Interview Details – Initial interview was by phone. First on-sight interview was with HR, and at that time was given an IQ test. Once the results are back, interview with team is arranged. First meeting with direct supervisors, then if they approve, on to another interview with the rest of the team.
Interview Question – Can't remember Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was offered a salary that was about the same as the salary + bonus I was making. I was able to get them up just above that number.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH – Reviewed Jan 27, 2013
Interview Details – Process started with an on campus interview, later I was invited to the home office for a two day interview. The experience was really exhausting, but not too intimidating. Make sure to answer a lot of questions and act interested in the brand and it's products.
Interview Question – What is a situation where you were challenged as a leader? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH – Reviewed Oct 9, 2012
Interview Details – Multiple interviews after a phone screen. Face to face interview with HR. Then face to face interview with hiring manager and hiring managers peers and boss. Orientation for the first 2 days of employment
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH May 2010 – Reviewed May 20, 2012
Interview Details – I was asked to describe diversity, describe myself in 3 words, and describe Abercrombie's style in 3 words
Interview Question – What is diversity? Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH Feb 2012 – Reviewed May 9, 2012
Interview Details – 10-15 rather easy questions that you can find on this site. After the interview with the DM of the campus stores I was told it would take a couple weeks to decide on which candidates he would consider. I was also told that there would be a letter sent to your house whether you got the job or not. I worked in a campus store for approximately 4 years and had a great experience. My managers were all nice along with my general managers. The atmosphere is just what you would expect at Abercrombie & Fitch's home office. Easy on the eyes and not so much on the ears with the same hour playlist playing over and over and over until it changes which happens 4 times a year but you learn to tone out the music after a few months.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to meet multiple deadlines. How did you handle it? What was the result? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – a better opportunity came up
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH Mar 2012 – Reviewed Apr 12, 2012
Interview Details – Did the project that was asked of me, had a first interview. A month later stayed in a hotel, toured columbus & the office, took me to lunch and dinner, had 3 second interviews - 1 HR, 2 designers
Interview Question – Tell about an experience that you had to respond to negative feedback to your work. Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH Dec 2011 – Reviewed Feb 22, 2012
Interview Details – I contacted HR regarding an open position. Disclosed that I had interviewed with corporate 5 years earlier. After a pleasant phone conversation they decided to go ahead and bring me in for a face-to-face interview. After setting up flights and hotel stay, I was given an overview of the interview process and notified of the # of people I would meet in addition to the Wonderlic Test. On the day of my interview, met with roughly 8 people ranging from my HR contact, fellow planners, directors, VP of Planning and EVP. Everyone was very interested in my experience and personality. I felt very at ease. On my way out, HR rep gave me good feedback and within a few days they made an incredible offer.
Reason for Declining – After discussing some reservations regarding negative comments from previous employees, HR contact invited my fiancee and I back for another meeting in Columbus. They were at all times professional and very helpful. I got cold feet and they offered me many options to discuss those concerns and how they at A&F treat their employees. Ultimately I declined the offer due to relocating my future wife, but within a few days we both regretted the decision. Columbus and A&F seems like a great place to work.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH Dec 2011 – Reviewed Dec 30, 2011
Interview Details – I applied online through my university's career services website. I was contacted by an HR recruiter to set up a time to do a Skype interview. I dressed in A&F casual for the skype interview (Recommended if not Required). The skype interview consisted of standard interview questions, background, why do you want to work for A&F, etc. The next round was a face to face interview at my university's career services building. This interview consisted of two rounds and a Wonderlick IQ Test. The IQ test was conducted by an HR recruiter with a the whole group of interviewees. It consisted of 50 SAT style questions and you have 12 minutes to complete. Then there wasa face to face with an HR recruiter and a face to face with an Inventory Manager (Allocator). These interview questions included: Describe a time when you were unable to meet a deadline, what is your definition of success, why did you want to apply for a position with A&F, what word would your friends most use to describe you, discussion of your resume etc. The next round was an invite to attend a 2 day Home Office interview. Day 1 you arrived at the hotel, was greeted by HR and presented an A&F gift bag with a generous amount of A&F merchandise. Dress was A&F casual, everyone was wearing Flip Flops and it was December. You first go on a tour of Columbus. The main goal of the two day process was to not only make sure you were a fit for A&F but to make sure A&F and Columbus were a fit for you. Home Office day 1 activities include a state of the business presentation by a Senior VP, a Q&A session with that senior VP, a Q&A session with a team of varying levels of Allocators, and various tours of the campus. The next part was a meet and greet/dinner with Interviewers from the next days events. It was very social with drinks before and after dinner. Much of the interview process focused on your personality and how social you are. Day 1 ended with the return to the hotel to prepare for the next day. Day 2 consisted of a tour of the campus stores. During the tour and throughout the entire home office visit, your encouraged to ask as many questions as possible. If you run out of questions you should continue to ask the same questions to other employees to get different perspectives. The next phase a an allocation related team excercise with your group (there were approximately 20 candidates for this round and your are split into groups of 5 or six). Though this exercise was Allocation related, the goal of this activity was more to see how you interact with your group and what role you play in a team environment. The final stage was 3 rounds of interviews and a case study. The case study was 45 minutes long and consisted of real life allocation scenarios. The interviews consisted of 2 interviews with HR and one interview with a Senior Allocator. You are told you will hear back no later than 3 weeks after the home office visit. It was certainly one of the most intense interview processes I went through but also the most beneficial and engaging. You really have a great feel for the position and the culture at the end.
Negotiation Details – There wasn't any negotiation involved. The offer and benefits package is VERY competitive for recent grads.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New Albany, OH Dec 2011 – Reviewed Dec 10, 2011
Interview Details –
I found this great career position on my school's website for recent graduates. I applied and was immediately contacted by an HR member who set up a phone interview. The phone interview was pretty standard, and after we spoke I was asked out to the main campus for a face to face interview with the same HR coordinator that week.
Again, very standard first interview. I think they are evaluating your face to face presence as well as your physicality... to see if you fit in with the culture. I also took an IQ test. I was told I would know if I move on the next step that evening. She was right on time in telling me that they would love to have me out to interview with 3 team members (a director for the position, and two co-workers). Everyone was excellent, polite, personable and just absolutely amazing to speak with. Overall a fantastic, professional experience.
Interview Question – How do you handle stress? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Offer was great! No negotiation. For a very recent grad I am more than happy with the wage/benefits/etc.
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