Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Acosta
- Retail Coverage Merchandiser (14)
- Merchandiser (11)
- Retail Merchandiser (9)
- Leadership Development Program Associate (7)
- Unit Manager (6)
- Business Manager Assistant - BMA (5)
- Retail Coverage Specialist (4)
- Retail Sales Representative (3)
- Business Manager Assistant (3)
- Customer Service Coordinator (3)
- Category Analyst (3)
- Business Manager (2)
- Territory Manager (2)
- RCM (2)
- Reset Merchandising Specialist (2)
- IMPACT Retail Associate (2)
- Mandate Merchandiser (1)
- Applied for Assistant Branch Manager, Interviewed for Merchandiser? (1)
- Mandate Retail Service Merchandiser (1)
- Retail Continuity Merchandiser (1)
- Merchandiser Associate (1)
- Retail Service Merchandiser (1)
- Project Managing Intern (1)
- Business Insights Manager (1)
- TRAC Merchandiser (1)
- Mail Room Supervisor (1)
- Regional Manager (1)
- PMO Manager (1)
- Executive Administrative Assistant (1)
- Data Analyst (1)
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Acosta.
There basically isn't one to get hired. Someone calls you up and asks some basic questions and then makes you a monetary offer. Experience plays nothing in how much you are offered.
- What is your work experience? Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Acosta (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2015.
I wanted to transfer from one division to another for an open position,wouldnt even talk to me.I am currently working for Acosta. My area was restructured and my job eliminated. I was able to get one store 80 miles round trip.I have a great reputation for training,merchandising,success.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 days – interviewed at Acosta (Philadelphia, PA).
Very brief interview. Normal questions asked. Nothing was asked to throw you off guard. We discussed the position as an entry level position with low salary. The offer was made and I was given 3 days to make a decision or the offer would rescind. There is no room for negotiation in pay or any other aspects of the offer.
- Strengths, Weaknesses Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Acosta.
I applied online and was given brief phone interview. I went in to the office the following week and had an in person interview. The interview was fairly laid back and didn't seem uncomfortable on either side.
- Tell us about yourself Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
Perhaps the weirdest interview experience I have ever had. I was told during the initial phone screen call that the salary was less than half of my current salary. I thanked the screener and indicated that I was not interested in pursuing the opportunity. A week later, I received another call from the recruiter indicating they would like to schedule an interview and knew that my salary requirement is doubled than what they are offering. He said that they may be able to adjust once we interviewed. Looking back, I am glad that we scheduled a video interview and that I did not have to drive across town because the hiring manager went on and on about the problems he is facing and how he is looking for someone to come in to essentially "pull the wolves off" him. He portrayal of the department and company was so negative that I could not set foot in those doors.
- Cannot recall any questions the hiring manager asked because all I heard was his constant complaints about his problems. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Acosta in March 2015.
Phone Interview and then invited for a second in-person interview. Very conversational. They just want to see if you will be a fit for their company. The overall experience was good and they wanted to make sure that if they hire you, that you will stay for a while. Know your resume well and be comfortable with carrying on a conversation with your potential supervisors.
- Why should we hire you? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Acosta (Jacksonville, FL) in February 2015.
The position was posted for months. I was contacted within two weeks of the application. Phone interview with hiring manager, then about a month later onsite interviews with multiple individuals separately and the hiring manager. Two months later, I received an auto rejection letter thanking me for interviewing and my interest in the role.
- How do you manager customer expectations? The most difficult was a live scenario which was quite relevant to the position. Answer Question
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Acosta.
Interview over phone, if experience and interest are there then you are forwarded to the unit manager who basically lets you know when you can start...friendly company, interview relaxed over the phone with HR recruiter from Florida main office
Helpful (3)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewDeclined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Acosta (San Jose, CA) in August 2014.
I apply through online portal for the Assistant Branch Manager position. Got a call about a week later by an HR. The call lasted 5 mins and she mentioned the job will be driving from stores to stores to do inventory. I realized at this time this is a completely different position and job description that I applied online. However, I agreed to move on to have a phone interview with the branch manager.
The phone interview lasted about 20 mins and there wasn't any significant questions to mention. They are almost take anyone that have a car and be able to drive around. He asked if the recruiter talked about the job details. I told him they only talked a bit but not much. He then went on to further
explaining about the job. Again, its basically driving around taking inventory from stores to stores. I also asked about the compensation and he said the HR will tell me more about that.The branch manger expressed that I was overqualified for the position and mentioned on the phone that I am hired. I played along to see if they will mention about the Assistant Branch Manger.
Later on, I received an email from the HR congratulate me on being hired for the Merchandiser position. This confirmed to me that they are using bait and switch to get people applying. I was also asked for a drug test and refill my application ( I used my nickname while applying). The top of the application clearly mentioned the position is "Assistant Branch Manger". I also send an email asking for the detail of my compensation.
Next day I got a call from HR about filling the application. I asked her about compensation. She told me $11/hr. I told here that the branch manager was mentioning $12/hr. She said I don't have any merchandise experience. I asked her to send me an email of the detailed offer. She said it will be given when my training starts. This is a terrible start.
I decided not playing anymore. Clearly, Acosta uses bait and switch tactic hiring practice and would nickel and dime you everything. This is not great even for the Merchandiser position since it is you have to pay upfront your traveling cost and printing cost. Given that they said they will reimburse those costs but I'd not expect anything above minimum or even short to cover your expenses.
It wouldn't be bad if I was applying for the Merchandiser position and the HR would show a bit of generosity instead of trying to cheap a potential employee in anyway possible. A sign that I'd run away to avoid being screwed since you have to pay upfront for cost and trying to get reimbursements.
I got calls from the branch manager a couple times trying to set up a date to start but I never returned. A couple days later I got an email saying that they are not moving forward with my application for the "Assistant Branch Manager".
- They hire anyone that has a car. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Bad hiring practice. Cheap offer.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Acosta.
I applied through Indeed and received a phone call about a week later from the manager. We agreed to meet the next day for an interview. The interview was very easy and the managers only concern was that I was over qualified for the job. He said the HR would call me in the next few days with an offer.
- There was no difficult or unexpected questions, just simple and professional ones. Answer Question
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