Banana Republic Sales Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jul 2, 2015
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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Declined Offer
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic.

Interview

Went in for a one on one interview.
I absolutely hated it from the time I walked in the people working were so uptight.
The manager seemed like she was in a rush she was just asking question after question, she barely smiled and just seemed so cold.
Asked me to sell her a credit card afree learning the benefits.
Took me out on the men's sales floor to different sections and asked me to tell her what they were and too sell. Which being a 20 yr old girl working for female retail I didn't know much about.
All in all the interview seemed like more of an interagation and she seemed too scold me if I didn't answer correctly.
I don't really care if I get a call back because I want to enjoy what I do and all of them seemed miserable.

Interview Questions

  • What are the top 5 key peices to a men's closet.   1 Answer
  • What would your manager say about you if I called?   1 Answer
  • Name a time you went above and beyond for a customer.   1 Answer

Reasons for Declining

I did not want to work at a place that everyone seemed miserable and the boss so rigid.

Other Interview Reviews for Banana Republic

  1. Helpful (1)  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Beachwood, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic (Beachwood, OH) in December 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and received an email the next day to schedule an interview on Tuesday. The interview was 1 on 1 and lasted about 25 minutes. The manager was very nice and urged me not to be nervous. He said he just wanted to have a casual conversation, get to know each other, and ask me questions that corporates make him ask all interview candidates. It was in a mall so we had the interview at a table by a coffee shop. He pretty much starts the interview by talking about the store, how many employees they have, etc. Since I had retail experience he asked me situational and behavioral questions. If you have retail and/or customer service experience the answers to these questions should come naturally.

    They really want people who are positive and joyful. Make sure you show you are interested in what they are saying and chime in when they start to talk about the positives and accomplishments of the store, show interest. Remember all answers to the questions don't have to be work related answers, they can be related to school and life experiences too. After the interview he pretty much explained the goals of the employees, the pay, and what is expected of the position. He then said he would call if they decide to move forward with me. He had more people to interview.

    BIG NOTE: Make sure you leave a good impression on the interviewer, be memorable because mine didn't take any notes or write anything down, and I've heard a lot of them do this at other stores. They jot down notes after the interview when you leave so you have to make sure you leave a good impression.

    The next day (Wednesday) I received an email saying he would like to schedule a 15 minute phone interview for tomorrow. When he called it wasn't even an interview it was to tell me I got the job, confirm my availability, and that he was just waiting for the background check. Was a very positive experience.

    The easiest questions he asked was
    Tell me about yourself.
    Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to work with a team to accomplish something   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had to make a decision.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you influenced someone's decision.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had to speak to a stranger. How did you initiate the conversation?   Answer Question
    • What made you choose to work retail instead of other service areas like restaurants, theaters, a bank, etc?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. 8.50 for seasonal but if they decide to keep me on it will go to 10.00

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic (Hingham, MA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Pretty negative experience. In regards to time, it was pretty quick. I applied for a temporary position using an online application. I heard back within a 1-2 weeks. My interviewer was very judgmental and made many remarks about my personal appearance. She said that I was cute but that I otherwise was too professional. Just generally acted very condescendingly.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you work in an atmosphere in which you don't fit in?   Answer Question
    • When was a time you experienced bad customer service?   Answer Question
    • What is an example of a time you gave excellent customer service?   Answer Question
    • what skills will you bring to this job?   Answer Question
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tulsa, OK
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Banana Republic (Tulsa, OK).

    Interview

    I applied through Gap.com, selected stores I'd be interested in interviewing at, and was emailed a time I could have an interview. I went in for the interview with the manager and assistant manager, and was notified a week later that I received the job.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you measure our success as a store and its employees. [I think the question was slightly different than this, but that's to the best of my memory]   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They have a national standard rate for sales associates so I did not feel that I was in a position to negotiate.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic (Nashville, TN).

    Interview

    I submitted my application online, and within a week, I was contacted about a group interview. The interview had 4 other candidates, the store's hiring manager, and the store manager. Most of the questions were behavioral. I heard back about the results within a week.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to go into the store, pick out an outfit for a type of customer, then explain my choices.   Answer Question
  6.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach Lakes, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic (Palm Beach Lakes, FL).

    Interview

    group interviews , easy quick hiring process because it was a new store opening..they give no HOURS!!!! when its not in the season..easy questions, gave everyone an oppurtunity to answer if the wanted to..

    Interview Questions

    • easy questions, gave everyone an oppurtunity to answer if the wanted to.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    asked if 8.50 was ok....but after working for 6 months the company changed all there workers to 9.00

  7.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview

    I called the store I wanted to work at and they said they were hiring so I applied online. After that about three days later I got a call back and they scheduled an interview. They had a 1:1 interview and also asked me to make two outfits: date night and work outfit.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Called me and asked if $9.25 was okay.

  8.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic (Atlanta, GA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and two weeks later i received a call asking me to do a interview the next day. When i arrived there i waited a good 30 minutes with a group of people to do the interview. It was a group interview and very quick. The hiring manager was great. So down to earth and sweet. He liked everyone and it was a good vibe. So 4 weeks later i received a call asking me to come in and do new hire paperwork.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiations because it was seasonal but she did say it goes up after the season.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview

    I applied online. Almost 2 weeks later, I was invited to a group interview. Everyone was asked very general behavioral and background questions, including availability, what style means to you, and why Banana Republic. Then, a one on one interview followed 2 days later. Very simliar questions, only with a different store manager this time. Offer and acceptance over next two days (~ 3 week process). Extremely friendly interviewers and comfortable, outside interview environment.

    Interview Questions

    • What piece of clothing most represents you and your style? Why? How would you sell that piece of clothing?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Non-negotiable salary. I did politely ask once offered the job.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I walked in my very first time into a Banana Republic and was greeted by one of the managers. I asked if they were hiring and she gave me a piece of paper on how to apply. I got an email like a day or two later asking if i was would like to come by on Monday for an interview. Once Monday rolled around and I was waiting for the interview to start we were told to look around the store (We had to wait for everyone to get there.) We then went down stairs and sat at a table. There was 3 others plus myself in the group interview. The manager didn't bring any paperwork to write down and the interview was very informal and more like a group conversation. I was not expecting that at all and it was very laid back and it didn't make me nervous. I then got a call a day or two later with a job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you keep up with the latest fashion and trends?   Answer Question

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