I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cotton On in April 2013.
Interview Details – I got a call about one month after submitting a resume online. after speaking with the recruiter, i was asked to do another phone interview. the two asked general questions about my experience, what my goals were, why i wanted to work there, and if i felt comfortable working alone with out a closer M-Th (since the company believes strongly in keeping a tight payroll budget). after my second interview i was asked to do a one on one a week later, and one more after that (a week a part also). it took a whole month of calls and one on ones to finally be offered a position, in which i accepted.
Interview Question – how do you know you're doing a great job at being a leader and developing your staff? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The initial offer was $1,600 less than what I was asking. And when I asked for .30 cents more p/hr, he said he would check the stores volume and call back. 15 minutes later, i receive a call back with him saying "okay, you go it. it's yours." putting me just under $1,000 from what I was originally asking.
I applied online - interviewed at Cotton On in October 2012.
Interview Details – I filled in an online application, was called about 3 weeks later and told I would have an interview, didn't realize until I received a follow-up email from them that it would be a "group interview". Arrived at the store and was told they were running late but was later lead out into the food court in the mall and asked to sit down at 4 or 5 tables they had pulled together for the group interview. There were about 10 "hopefuls" and 3 managers from Cotton On interviewing. It was lunch time so we had to compete with the lunch time noise in the food court, in addition to eachother. First, we filled out another application, 3 pages. Next we were told to spend 5 minutes talking to the person next to us, which we would then "sell" to the 3 managers. Note: the person I was talking to took up most of the time asking me questions which left me with little info on her to use for my presentation, so be careful about that. Next, we were told to write down a few notes about ourselves (given about 3 minutes to do it) and told to "sell" ourselves to the 3 managers. All of this was done in front of the other people, so it was a little uncomfortable but mostly because I felt like I couldn't take up a lot of time because others were waiting. They did not ask any other questions I have seen on other blogs. They told us at the beginning that they were not hiring "smiles" but people who could sell their products (although in the many times I have gone into Cotton On, no one has ever offered to help me). Afterwards, one of the managers gave a little talk about what they felt customer service was. They said anyone hired would be notified after 5 PM that day and would have to come back to the mall that night to fill out additional paper work, some said they could not come back that night and would have to come another time if hired, to fill out the paperwork, the 3 managers seemed OK with that. Please note that I was NOT hired. My overall opinion of the process was not very good. I would much more have preferred a personal interview where I would have felt I had more time to talk. I get the strong feeling that they are looking for the typical "perky" salesperson, so in addition to any other skills you have, if you are so inclined to get this job please try to find the "perky" factor before you go to the interview. I am friendly and personable but have never been "perky" and I am not the type of person to fake the perky stuff, even for a job interview! I am glad that I went to the inteview because I now have experience with group interviews. They do have nice clothes, good prices. I hope this will be helpful to you!
Interview Question – They asked if we would be willing to work at two other additional locations besides the one we were interviewing at. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Cotton On in October 2013.
Interview Details –
1) Applied online through the Typo website, filled in forms and details about myself, then submitted it.
2) Got an email a few days later inviting me to book an interview time.
3) Went online and booked an interview time (linked to your application profile), they were being booked really quickly and were in 15 minute slots.
4) Had a confirmation email the day before with an attachment I had to fill in and take with me.
5) Went to the shop on the day of the interview, arrived a bit early and just hung around, admired their products, etc. They were interviewing another girl when I was there. Once they were done with her, they just took me outside the shop onto a seat and asked me a few questions. The woman interviewing me was really nice and happy, same with the others in the shop. It was very chilled and laid back, you just had to be yourself and bubbly.
The interview went for about 10 minutes, it was very laid back and fun. I wore skinny jeans, a nice shirt and a big smile.
It has been over a week and I haven't been called back, so I don't know if I have the job or not :)
Interview Question – What do you think it would be like working during the Christmas Rush and how would you go? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cotton On in October 2013.
Interview Details – I arrived 5 minutes early but the interviews were running really late so I waited about 40 minutes until my interview. The interviews were one on one and conducted in store, not in an office or anything, just standing amongst the clothes, with all the other applicants looking on. Interviews were supposed to be 10-15 miunutes but i was only asked 5 minutes of questions, it was all very rushed. The manager didn't even end up taking the resume and references we were asked to bring. She said she wouldn't have time to read them.
Interview Question – "Sell yourself to me" Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cotton On in September 2013.
Interview Details – Got a call to attend an interview. More than 50 applicants. We sat in smaller groups & talked about ourselves while filling out forms. Small break then they yelled out names of those who got through in front of everyone.
Interview Question – Imagine yourself as an item and try to describe and sell yourself to a group of customers (aka your small group) Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cotton On in March 2013.
Interview Details – Was emailed to attend a group interview in the city. We were then asked to partner up and talk about them and almost sell them and their personalities. We were asked diffrent questions about what object we most relate to. We were asked about our future plans and experiences. Than emailed and called back to start work.
Interview Question – If we were to pick a piece of stationery we most relate to, what would it be and why? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cotton On in December 2012.
Interview Details – Online application, sent an email confirming you for group interview, have group interview where they ask you questions/give you scenarios and what would you do, make you watch a video about their company 'values' then given phone call like a week later saying if you have the job or not.
Interview Question – What does customer service mean to you? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Was first offered a job at a location too far away so had to go for another group interview and then was offered a job at a location way closer so i accepted.
I applied in-person and interviewed at Cotton On.
Interview Details –
Turned in Application + Resume and got a call almost 1 months later for a group interview. Came in half a hour early with very casual clothing and an attitude that was very positive. Before the interview, I had small talk with most of the other people who were part of the group interview to feel more comfortable about the whole group interview process. As the process started, I felt nervous but confident. Group Interviews vary from store to store so no point of revealing that. But I believe that I was outgoing and confident enough since I made everyone laugh at least once and was offered a job.
Wear a smile
If you don't get the job, then it isn't the job for you. (I've applied to countless places and I'm glad I didn't make it)
Interview Question – No difficult question what so ever. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cotton On in October 2012.
Interview Details – I was sent an email (so were many others) and then was asked to go to the store I applied to a few days later (was a little annoying 'cause of the short notice and previous plans but yea...) and I then had to do a group interview with like 10 other people and lady asked us name, fave movie, why we wanted to work there, etc.
Interview Question – She asked us to 'sell' a product to the rest of the group, which I didn't expect but yea... View Answer
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