Banana Republic
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Updated Apr 8, 2014
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Brand Ambassador Interview

Brand Ambassador

I applied online and interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details – Filled out an application online then was called in for an interview.

Interview Question – Typical situational questions   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Emeryville, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details – I had tried submitting my resume previously, but found that once I actually went in to the store, I was able to get the correct link for the current open positions. I went through a group interview that involved a conversation about previous sales experience and customer experience management. At the time they were hiring seasonally. They extended me an offer after which the seasonal hires went through training and additional evaluation and conversation to determine which role we would hold while in the store. Finally, after seasonal employment ended (approximately 3 months around Christmas), they extended me a part-time offer during the exit interview.

Interview Question – Describe a time you have dealt with a difficult person.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Because I had a degree and previous sales experience, I was able to get a salary increase after the seasonal work.

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Las Vegas, NV

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Banana Republic in June 2012.

Interview Details – Group Interview. Dress nice, almost resembling a mannequin in the store.

Interview Question – All of the questions were generic interview questions. Went in with a group of 8 and each person was asked one question. Then a select few were asked a couple more.   Answer Question

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Sale Associate Interview

Sale Associate
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Banana Republic in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online to the Stonestown store, heard back from them within a few days, and then scheduled an interview. I showed up 30 minutes early, they told me to hold on while they notified the Sales Manager, and was not addressed till 10 minutes after the scheduled interview time. The sales manager came in finally and greeted me and two other interviewees (which I was unaware there would be) and we were walked back to the break room. He was wearing camouflage pants, and the other two interviewees were wearing jeans, which I thought was odd considering the store. He then began reading from a packet he said Banana Republic "makes him read". Struggling over sentences, he read them off and had us all answer. We did so in no particular order, and the other two candidates usually waited as if unsure of how to answer, so I was usually speaking first. Once the questions were finished, which took about an hour, he had us go out and pick two outfits (one for a guy and one for a girl) and create and outfit they could change into without going home to change. This took about 25 minutes, we came in and then showed him. Pitched our scenarios. He said great, then awkwardly commented on how he didn't judge us on how fashionable our choices were because he doesn't know much about fashion.... Most important part of the interview was him making the case that you need to sell the Banana Republic credit card, which I was the only interviewee who knew what it was and the importance behind it. We left and within two days they sent out an email notifying me I did not get the job, besides being over qualified for the position. Not sure if the other two got the job, I would assume not considering they were extremely underdressed and did not answer the questions well, but the way the interviewer acted and presented himself, I wouldn't be too surprised. Completely unprofessional interview and really a waste of time.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult, just trying to get you to sell the credit card.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Banana Republic in September 2013.

Interview Details – Pretty easy to get hired- you just have to be assertive to get an interview after you applied online. Go to the store you want to get hired and just ask if they are looking to hire. If they do, from that point just ask for an interview and tell them you already applied online.

Interview Question – You really need to be assertive to get an interview. It's not easy to be a nagger mean while you are trying to look good so you'll get hired.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation- you get a final offer. You take it or you leave it.

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Costa Mesa, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Banana Republic in October 2011.

Interview Details – There are 2 phases to the interview one is a group with the hiring manager and if they like you, you will meet with the GM.
It takes about a week to 2 weeks to get a call back but be patient.

Interview Question – How do you want to grow in the company?   Answer Question

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Sales Support Interview

Sales Support

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details – Contacted through email after submitting resume. Came in for a roundtable interview where they asked open table questions to see who would respond and based off answers and outspokenness, chose who to call back for a second one on one interview with hiring manager.

Interview Question – How would you describe Banana Republic?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Asked for hours and availability.

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Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Banana Republic in May 2011.

Interview Details – I attended a group interview and everyone went around the circle and answered the same questions. Then there were questions where someone could raise their hand and answer first. We also watched a video and discussed it afterward. This showed the management if people were quick thinkers, had previous retail experience and if they were shy or not.

Interview Question – I expected all of the questions because all retail interviews are basically the same, especially when its for a cashier position.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No, not really. Even with regards to the many years of experience I had, I was still offered the minimum rate.

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Seattle, WA

I applied online and interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details – I applied online and got a call for an interview a couple weeks later. I was very nervous, read on it a lot and thought my clothes and accessories through. Really shouldn't have bothered. I was interviewed by a girl wearing uggs and a huge chunky cardigan - not very fashiony. Questions were very simple.

Interview Question – None, really. The unexpected part for me was how poorly rooms in the back looked - no proper office in sight, cold rooms with exposed bricks.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Champaign, IL

I applied online and interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details – Very simple, asked simple questions like, "why do you want to work at Banana Republic?

Interview Question – What did you like or not like about your former position?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I sought for $10/hr but was offered $8.75, which from then on couldn't negotiate any further.

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