I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Ocean State Jobbers in May 2011.
Interview Details – Very low key.Regional Recruiter had me visit a few stores and talk to managers before and after interview. Interviewed with Regional VP and Regional recruiter. Very relaxed low key. I was determined to be very honest about my previous job loss, and was incredibly impressed by them really listening to what happened and why........the openess and interest they showed in figuring out the whole story made me determined to try to work for this company.
Interview Question – How comfortable would you be running a store without a p & l Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Ocean State Jobbers in May 2010.
Interview Details –
In order to qualify for the main interview, I spoke with someone who asked a list of questions about my education and work experience. There was no real conversation otherwise and little feedback about how I did. The person conducting the first interview looked tired and didn't want to spend any more time on this than he had to, being that it was just a screening test for the real interview.
I received a call several days later asking me to come in for an interview with one of the store managers. We talked about my retail experience and went through another list of questions. I also solved three basic mathematics problems about making change. My criminal record and personal credit were then checked after the interview.
The second interviewer was very upbeat and polite. She was looking for someone just as polite and with a good deal of energy and motivation; I was able to get a mid-level job with limited retail experience because I came across as intelligent in the interview.
My recommendation is to study the company before you apply, and ask the interviewers about themselves so you sound like you are really interested in the company and not looking for just another job. They have a high level of turnout with persons who dislike the discount retail atmosphere and move on.
Negotiation Details – It is highly difficult to negotiate your pay at lower-level positions. There is a standard rate of pay for new hires which is difficult to justify changing.
Very Easy Interview
Interviewed at Ocean State Jobbers
Interview Details – Promoted internally. Started out as sales associate. Interview questions are very basic and simple. They're looking for people with previous retail experience first and wide schedule availability (nights/weekends) second. Meet both these criteria and you stand a good chance of being accepted for part-time work. Full-time hires will require approximately 6 months of prior retail experience.
Interview Question – No trick questions. Straight forward, simple questions like "why do you want this job?" "do you have experience?" "are you available nights and weekends?" Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ocean State Jobbers in June 2011.
Interview Details –
I was first called by one of their Field Trainers after she saw my resume online. We set up a phone interview for a couple days later. After the phone interview she and I had a 1:1, after that I had a 1:1 with the regional manager. I was called on my way home with an offer. The regional manager interview was him talking 75%, me 25%. Basically he told me I wasn't qualified for the job for the first half, asking me a few questions, and spent the last 25% telling me my (then) job had no future and how Job Lot was better.
Also, they offer you a job pending drug test and background check, which can take 2+ weeks. So don't quit your day job till you get the result. I see a lot of people who don't pass. Bad credit etc. They don't call you bak if you fail, FYI, they mail you something.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you set an aisle that wasn't planogrammed. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. They offer you and amount, maybe you can negotiate, but I don't know anyone who has.
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