Banana Republic Sales Associate Interview Questions

Updated Oct 21, 2014
Updated Oct 21, 2014
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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Champaign, IL
Application Details

I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview Details

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

Interview Questions
  • 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.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Sale Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Nothing difficult, just trying to get you to sell the credit card.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I arrived on time but was told to look around the store for awhile. Once the manager came out, she recognized me from shopping in the store previously and complimented my outfit, which boosted my confidence. The interview flowed naturally and I was offered the job the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your personal style and how can you relate to our customers?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, received a call the very next day and was interviewed over the phone then scheduled a personal interview. After the interview I got a call after about 4 days and was offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Fill out the application online and do an in store interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How often do you read style magazines? What are some current styles?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Interview was very laid back in the hall of a mall, somewhat unprofessional. Reasonable questions related to the nature of the job.

    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very simple to get hired when you know somebody that works there.

    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation. Pay is what it is... Low/min
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vacaville, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vacaville, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I turned in my application and they called me for an interview a few days later. First, it was a group interview, then you get a call back for a one-on-one interview. I first applied here when I was a senior in high school so they knew I didn't have much experience. They ask you a lot of behavioral questions like "how would you handle if a customer did ....?"

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions were pretty basic. No unexpected question.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. You started at minimum wage and got a very little raise the longer you work there.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Group interview, in a stock room setting . After introductions, you will answer a few questions about store situations. Then it's out to the sales floor to complete a sales exercise! Great interview process- everyone was very relaxed!

    Interview Questions
    • If you have worked in retail- you will not find the questions difficult. If not then just think about how you would like a situation to be handled at the store.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I received a call inviting me to a group interview 1 day after I applied online and went on to the 2nd interview. The day following the 2nd interview, I received a generic e-mail that I didn't get the job.

    There were about 10 people at the group interview. The group interview took about 1.5 - 2hrs. We were initially told it would take about 1hr 15 mins, "depending on how chatty we get". We met in the conference room on the 4th floor of the store. We sat down according to where there were folded pieces of paper with our first names on it. The interviewer was about 5 minutes late. During this interview, we were asked a question and sometimes the people on either end of the table would be picked to begin answering or maybe someone randomly from the middle of the table.

    We were asked for our availability around the holidays and during the week in general and how many hours we were able to work. Other general interview questions that were asked:

    Why are you interested in working at Banana Republic?
    Describe a time when you approached a stranger.
    When is a time you went above and beyond for a customer?
    Describe how you handled a project with little to no direction.

    After the questions, the interviewer told us a lot of information about the company, the brand, and the specific store. We were also asked our top 2 preferences for the different sub-groups as Sales Associates: visual, stock, sales, and cashier. Some interviewees asked questions to the interviewer towards the end and before leaving the room, the interviewer told us to say in one sentence or in a few words, what is something unique that we can bring into the job (or something like that).

    We were told that we would hear back (via email or phone) by Monday night but I didn't get a call back from them until Tuesday afternoon for a 2nd interview.

    The 2nd interview was a 1-on-1 and took place on the 3rd floor in a small room behind a heavy curtain in the Men's section. The very first question I was asked was: Why do you want to work at Banana Republic? (It's a very loaded question because I had so many reasons and had some trouble organizing my thoughts on the spot. Make sure that you have specific reasons and list them out with short explanations to back up your reasons. It'll make more sense that way to the interviewer and you'll have a better sense of direction for yourself, too.)

    After that initial question, I was told the position was a visual position, which means merchandising. I was totally up for a visual role but I wish they would have specified in the job description (or even during the 1st interview) so that I could have presented my skills more appropriately when I was answering the question of "why do you want to work at Banana Republic". The 2nd interview isn't really a time to re-share your skills because that's already assessed in the 1st interview. During the 2nd interview, show more of your personality and ask questions that help you determine what that store's culture is like.

    The interviewer described the visual position and for the rest of the interview, it was just me asking questions about the culture of this particular store. The interviewer was very patient and elaborate in the answers to the questions that I asked. The interview took about 30-35 minutes. There were also people that I saw from the 1st interview going before and after me.

    Overall, Banana Republic is a great brand under a great company and I just need to remind myself that every store's culture is different even though they're under one brand. This is because different groups of people work in different stores. Although I may not fit in with the culture of this particular store, I might fit in well with another Banana Republic store elsewhere.

    During the 2nd interview, I asked what the leadership style was like at that store and I was told that each supervisor has a different leadership style and in the end, "they're human". Another question I asked was, "What is a challenge of working in this position?" To which I was told something like, "Working in a large team." I like being around many different people so working on a large team is actually favorable to me. I just found it interesting that I was given that particular answer, which is, once again, culture-related. I guess it's all about the culture. And I agree, good cultural fit in any job is very important.

    Usually, 1st interviews determine whether your skills fit the job and the 2nd interviews determine your cultural fit with the job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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 Former Stock Associate in Los Angeles, CA

Pros: “Getting to learn about new fashion trends before they become super popular in other stores; some clothing items have great quality and they have great accessories. This is the first retail…” Full Review

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