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    Senior Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Charming Shoppes.

    Interview

    Interviews varied based on department but most were done by hiring manager first, and then directors or VPs. For our department, prior experience was key. Public Accounting experience was a plus but not 100% required.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a difficult situation and what you did to resolve it   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    No Offer

    Interview

    Professional surroundings and environment in offices. All the people generated a feeling of postivity and behaviors, body langauge, that represented the type of workplace most would support being a part of . Interview process was handled with sense of urgency respecting time for candidates who were actively networking themselves while going through the interveiw process with other companys.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me the most challenging situation you experienced with a customer.   1 Answer
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bensalem, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Bensalem, PA).

    Interview

    Phone interview then face to face, went over the basics of the position being offered and my experience/skills. Discussed the job description at length and the area the job was in and the culture of the company/area the job was located in.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had to re-do your life starting 10 years ago, what would you do differently?   Answer Question
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Glen Burnie, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Glen Burnie, MD) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I went in the store, noted a sign, and filled out an application with the manager. She called me with an interview in two or three days.

    Interview Questions

    • She asked me to go to a customer in the store and sell them something.   Answer Question
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    Assortment Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bensalem, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Bensalem, PA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    On site interview. Met with 4 upper managment teams.

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    Planner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Bensalem, PA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    First contact by phone was a pre-interview. Lasted about 10 minutes with general interview questions such as goals, strong points, weaknesses, past experience. Interview day consisted of interviews with three people, one after the other. First an HR coworker, then the Group Manager and finally the manager the position would report to.

    Overall, I felt the individuals were very pleasant and down to earth. I did not feel stressed and went away from the interview with a very positive impression of the company and its employees.

    Interview Questions

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    Part Time Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Portland, OR) in August 2010.

    Interview

    interview was easy. Dress up a bit to show your style. Interactive was for an hour and scheduled for an hour. primary purpose was to see how you interact with the guests and how well you pick up what needs to be done. It's a sink or swim type test.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    non really

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    Part Time Sales Associate 3-15 Hours/Week Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (San Diego, CA) in October 2009.

    Interview

    I was referred to the position by the assistant store manager who knew me as a regular customer for 10 years. I received a personal interview by the new store manager in her private office. I was asked about my current availability, acceptable salary, prior saleswork experience, and familiarity with the store . Having bilingual skills in English/Spanish would be a definite plus.

    Understanding, following, and retaining verbal instructions as well as computer skills are necessary for success.

    Meeting sales goals is actually how many customers open store credit cards (at a horribly high interest rate) and buy Perks discount cards which translates to "store loyality" by corporate management. Sales associates used to receive a $5 bonus for each house account opened: this was discontinued in 2011.

    Interview Questions

    • Because I had 5 years of prior retail experience, I did not expect to have to give a selling demonstration as part of my interview. I view this as a "skills test".   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate a salary which occurred during the personal interview. I accepted State minimum wage of $8.00 per hour because it was higher than Federal minimum wage of $7.75 per hour. Although I had 5 years of prior retail experience, it was over 20 years ago. I did not feel that I could compare salary expectations with my full time Federal job. This was an error on my part. I heard from another person that new sales associates without any work experience were starting above minimum wage.

    After 18 months of part time work, I still earn only minimum wage. This is disappointing but I like the 40% employee discount.

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Bensalem, PA) in June 2009.

    Interview

    Received a phone call for a phone screen, HR person very professional, setup an appointment to meet in person and interview with other staff. I was not told who in the organization I would meet. Interview with the HR person went well. Upon moving me to the next interview, I was placed in a conference room and met 2 EA's.

    To my horror the questions were strange far from professional. 1 EA ( support for a President) laid her head on the table as if she needed a nap! I never encountered someone representing a President who looked so bored and put out since she was asked to participate in this interview. About the time they asked me my birth date (could this be an EEO issues????) and told me that wanted to hire someone who had a birth date later in the year so they could plan their quarterly birthday luncheons and fill each quarter (mine wasa not in the appropriate quarter) I knew I just wanted to head for the door and end this madness.

    They asked verbal questions on various software and how to do this and that (word, excel, powerpoint). Now anyone who knows how to interview and requires advanced skills will test candidates in an application such as Prove-It. This verbal questioning was strange but then again the interview was strange. I left and never heard from them, just as well!!!!!!!!!

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you apply for this spcific position?   1 Answer
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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockford, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Charming Shoppes (Rockford, IL) in July 2008.

    Interview

    First you interview with Store manager, then dm. Next you have to work on the floor for 15-30mins, unpaid, to test your skills. It seems to be too long of a interview process, the same things were asked in both interview, and the phone chat.

    Interview Questions

    • Where are your biggest weaknesses?   1 Answer

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