Container Store
3.2 of 5 300 reviews
www.containerstore.com Coppell, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Container Store Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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Part-time Sales Interview

Anonymous Employee
Portland, OR

I applied online - interviewed at Container Store in September 2012.

Interview Details – The initial interview is a group interview, and was actually really fun. I would dress semi-business formal, but nothing overboard. Dont have holes in your clothes! :)
It basically is like a round robin sorta thing, they just go around and ask questions of the group, one at a time, and you answer the best you can!
If that goes well they call you in for a second interview in person, and decide if they keep ya!

Interview Question – Standard stuff really, I think the hardest was was just coming up with something I did that was "way above and beyond normal customer service" blah blah blah. Not a hard interview and no hard questions, its just a matter of thinking of a good example when you are are actually asked :)   Answer Question

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Full and Part Time Positions Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Warwick, RI

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Container Store in April 2014.

Interview Details – I went through two interviews. A group interview and a solo interview. Both went very well and they were very informative. The group interview was small, only 6 people and the interviewers showed videos and the setting was very laid back. The solo interview was a bit more formal but I still felt completely conformable the entire time.

Interview Question – They asked what I was passionate about. I had never been asked this in an interview and i thought it was a very insightful question.   Answer Question

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Pt Prime Time Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – at least two interviews with typical best attribute and worst questions.

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Visual Sales Interview

Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Container Store in October 2010.

Interview Details – My introduction to The Container Store was a breeze. I was a referral from a friend/employee. I was given a tour (BY THE GM) and then offered a job. I don't remember a formal interview process.

I transitioned smoothly from Seasonal to Transitional to Prime-Time employee. It was smooth and again, it seemed like just a mutually beneficial unspoken agreement. I became part of that family, and they became part of my life (a huge part and since).

I am now (after transferring locations) a Full-Time Leader, learning more and more everyday.

The "process" here, coming into a much larger market, was a bit treacherous at times. A lot of people are waiting for a finite number of openings. But I stayed true to whom I was, and persevered day in and out. It paid off, and then some.

The interview was quick and painless; I was asked one or two questions, that I honestly don't remember now. They were more thought questions that allowed me to speak on my contributions to the company as a Full-Time Leader and where I wanted to go with the company.

Interview Question – Salary request.   View Answer

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Sales Associate/Visual Merchandiser Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Container Store

Interview Details – Applied online, got asked to attend a group interview, was hired then trained for seasonal employment

Interview Question – They ask you to find a product and research it   View Answer

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Very Easy Interview

Store Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – BE YOURSELF and BRING your PERSONALITY! (not Reality TV Personality) but your sincere self). PERSONALITY SELLS!!!

Interview Question – We are looking for people who love interacting with people and love our products. It is that SIMPLE. If you do not love the HUMAN ELEMENT the (need not apply).   View Answer

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Store Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

I applied online and interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – I was contacted very quickly for an invite to a group interview. There were 6 of us, all good candidates I thought. The interview was very professional, conducted by the General Manager and a store manager. They asked you to watch different segments of a company video, then wanted each candidates input. The only thing that could have been handled better was the GM was very focused on the gal sitting next to me. It was quite obvious he was zeroing in on her - which, I can't fault him, she was cute, young and had good answers. Just wish he wasn't so obvious. Be prepared to work all shifts and all jobs and LOVE doing it. Also you will be working in other stores in the area.

Interview Question – Instead of asking "tell me about yourself", they asked "what brought you to the Container Store?" The rest of the questions were pretty general.   View Answer

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Sales Manager Interview

Sales Manager
Northbrook, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Container Store in March 2012.

Interview Details – I was recruited, had a number of phone screens, provided references, had one interview with GM, one with GM, Area Director and then another with RM, and entire management team- I hear that my process didn't take as long as most. Some cycles go beyond a year.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected or difficult. I felt the questions were probing enough to see if you were cut out to lead people...and how you aspire to lead.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was offered what I had asked for and I accepted

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Very Easy Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time Interview

Visual Sales - Part Time

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Container Store.

Interview Details – My interview process was interesting. First you apply online and you will receive an email in about a week if you have been chosen for a group interview. The next step if you get past the group interview you will be given a one on one interview via phone. After that you will be given a job offer via email or phone. I was originally declined the job but got a call not even a week later offering me the position.

Interview Question – Nothing really unexpected. Its all very laid back and drawn out. Unexpected was the homework you have to being to the group interview   Answer Question

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Merchandising Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Container Store in June 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring is a multi step process. First you fill out an online application, then someone will contact via telephone over the next sixty days. The questions they ask are similar to any other kind of interview, are the familiar with the company, do you shop at the store, what are your goals, if hired how long would you be looking to work here for. I would advise researching the products and the culture that the container store has employed throughout its business. TCS (The Container Store) wants people who are hard working, think outside the box, but most importantly are flexible, work hard and willing to work at for a long time. The company invest heavily in its employees training wise so it would problematic if the company had high turnover. Make it clear to the person conducting the phone interview that you are interested in a career with TCS. Next up is the group interview which you could be with anywhere from 4-11 additional people. You are shown a series of videos from TCS founders and management. Good advice is to be vocal take notes because their are questions at the end. You definitely want to stand out in a good way e.g. let your personality shine and show that you are passionate. Once you pass the group interview you have a one one interview with a store manager. This interview is not as competitive as the group interview. The store manager asks you more of the same questions that asked before. They also give you more insight into the company and share what some of your potential job responsibilities could be. If you give the manager good answers, and have some well thought questions yourself, you could be given a job offer then. If not then someone should be contacting you within 10 days to give you an offer. This job offer is pending you pass a drug test usual the day of or the next day. So avoid yourself the embarrassment and stay drug free for at least six months prior. This is pretty much it, good luck in your job search

Interview Question – For the group interview you are asked to go the website, find a product you find useful and interesting and show how you would sell it to a customer.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Yes you can negotiate but I decided not to. Best advice is to put the salary you want on the online application.

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