J. C. Penney Sales Associate Interview Questions

Updated Sep 24, 2014
Updated Sep 24, 2014
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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at J. C. Penney in July 2014.

Interview Details

I applied online and received a call about 2 days later asking if I could come in for an interview. The manager also told me that the interview would be a group interview and there would be other people with me trying to get the position as well. I went to the interview and it was super simple. They asked no questions at all. We worked as a team to build these blocks and then had to pitch our ideas that we picked and the interview was over. She announced she would call us back telling us if we got the job or not. I got a call about 2 hours later saying I received the job. I got a background check and started training in 3 days and actually started working a week after the interview.

Negotiation Details
There was no negotiation at all. She never asked what I would like to be paid. I went in to fill out paperwork and it was already a set amount that everyone started with.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at J. C. Penney in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and within days i was called by the manager for an interview. When i went inside, surprisingly there were 3 other people waiting inside. (Southland Mall in Miami Florida) The manger put us in a room and gave us a sheet of paper and we had to pick 1 out of 4 new business ideas for the company. After that the managers walked out to talk about us i guess. When they came back they gave us a scenario. I had to act like i worked in the footwear department and i had to sell the product to the manager. We were all told to come back tomorrow and meet th manager so im guessing we all got the job.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if your department didnt have the correct shoe size?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was open to any pay. Thats the best way to go
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Questions was not that difficult. Know about the company values. Know what is on your resume. Hiring manager was nice. I had two in person interviews. Overall it seems like a great place to work.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. Offer given and I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    Be prepared for group interviews. Tons of example questions, customer service questions, scenario questions. They ask which department you would like to work in and they really do take that into consideration because you might get stuck recovering in it until 12 at night. They will not let you leave until its cleaned

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    8.00
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    First interview with direct supervisor, very relaxed, asked about experience, aspirations....then interviewed with Assistant Store Manager, very quick, greet and meet, how are you..I was told the hourly rate and I accepted pending my background check. All very easy.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiations, take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Called for interview within week which was in person and not over the phone. Applying was like part of process because it was in front of human resources department

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
  7.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Joplin, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Joplin, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    I had two interviews in one day and was asked to train the following week. There was really no training involved. they took me on a tour, then had me watch a video and take a test on my first day of training. On my second day, I was asked to work on the floor.

    Interview Questions
    • When I started, everything was unexpected because I never got a chance to learn anything. To me the most difficult was having to ask everyone the same question 100 times.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 5 days - interviewed at J. C. Penney.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, I was called a couple days later to come in for an interview. There were three other applicants present. We were told that the interview would consist of exercises instead of the traditional question/answer format. For the first exercise, we were shone an image of a structure consisting of wooden blocks. Then we were instructed to take turns giving the other applicants direction to build the image using the same wooden blocks spread out on the table before us. For the second exercise, we were each given a set of four unique marketing ideas then told to pick one and pitch it to the other applicants. We then had to decide which one idea we could all support. The entire interview process took about an hour and a half. I was told they were conducting more interviews but that if I was selected to be hired, I would get a call and an offer letter within the next few days. I received a call the next day offering me the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview format was a bit of a surprise but I think it was less stressful than a traditional one.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offered a rate I thought was acceptable for my level of experience. Did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vernon Hills, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at J. C. Penney in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an application online and was called the next day. I was asked when I would be available to come in for an interview. Since I was at school, I had to wait two weeks before I could come in. Before I had the chance to call and set up an interview time, I received a call to set up a time. I went in two days later. I thought that the my interview flowed very well. It was scary or intimidating. After talking about my availability and a few other questions I was offered the job on the spot. I'm soo excited to be starting next week!

    Interview Questions
    • I did not really think that there were any tough questions. I was asked where I would prefer working?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate because this is my first job so I was happy to just have a job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Katy, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Katy, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at J. C. Penney in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Called to set up an interview fairly quick. It was a group interview of 6 people and it was in 2 parts. The first part was setting up blocks. Each interviewer would go look at a picture of a block structure for 30 seconds and then have to tell the other interviewers how to build it without touching the blocks. After each interviewer had their turn then you would do it again but this time you could touch the blocks. The second part was a presentation. They gave you a sheet with 6 ideas and you had to pick which idea was the best for JC Penny; you then had to present your idea and say why it was the best. I was interviewed by the manager and HR but manager was only in for the first part.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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