Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Party City in March 2012.
Interview Details – Played phone tag for about a week. My phone calls were returned during the times I had told the manager I would be working. Told to take the "simple" on line test. Was not warned that the test consisted of difficult math questions that needed the use of a calculator. Took the test and knew I did badly. No call from the contact I had been talking to. Thought it would have been polite to at least call and say I wasn't a good fit for the company. I have been working management for over 10 years. I have never experienced an "interview" process so difficult for this type of position. The manager gave me more information about his career with Party City than he ask for about my career.
Interview Question – The most difficult questions were in the on line test. Answer Question
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Party City in May 2012.
Interview Details – I applied online and a few weeks later got a call to come in for an interview. At first it was one store and the Manager and I couldn't get a time to meet. He was going on vacationa and said that he'd call after he was back, never did hear from him again. A few weeks later got a call from a different Store manager, and was able to meet with him. He was nice, the questions were general and a quick interview, about a half an hour. Four weeks later, with me calling every once every week, I get a call to go into the second interview. This interview was with the Head Personalitazation Specialest in the Area, she was nice and I spent an hour with her. During this interview it came to light that there are FOUR interviews for this position. A week or two later I get a call for the third interview, this time with the District Manager. He was a half an hour late, because of a problem at another store. Spent about thirty minutes or so with him. He also asks if I've taken the online skilles test, which the first manager had emailed me. Less then a week later get a call for the fourth interview with a guy from Human Resorces. Spent an hour with him, and never heard back from them again. Again I've called and have e-mailed to try and get a responce.
I was bounced around for about two months or more between 4 different store managers, a district manager and an Human Resources guy yet they can't respond to even say a yes or no.
Interview Question – Tell me a little about yourself. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Party City in November 2010.
Interview Details – Spoke to the party city recruiter. He set me up with the DM. 1 on 1 with the DM. Phone interview with the HR manager. And a 1 on 1 interview with the Regional Manager. After this you talk to a psychologist. Yes a psychologist; for over an hour. He sets you up for a battery of test that you got to a staffing agency to complete. This take every bit of 5 hours and is pretty grueling. After the tests are sent back to psychologist, You get a call from the DM with an offer. Of course assuming you did very well on the testing.
Interview Question – What do you feel are the most important aspect for running a successful store. View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – No negotiation with the DM. Ask for what you want at the beginning and up it by a few thousand. They offer less than you ask for.
I applied online and interviewed at Party City.
Interview Details – You will go through two interviews. The first will be with the store manager and assistant manager. Your second will be with the District Manager.
During the first interview they ask pretty basic questions. The store manager will ask the questions on the interview sheet, you'll answer all of the. Then they will get their assistant manager to basically ask similar questions and get a feel for your personality. After that they will wait a few days and have you come back in to interview with the District Manager. It could take many days for this to happen because depending on the location the District Manager could be in another state. After that they will submit you to a drug test. They they will have you come in a day to tour the store and get a feel for your position an then you will start work.
Interview Question – Name a difficult situation and/or task in which you were under a lot of stress and had to take on a leading role. Explain how you took the steps to complete the task and how was your outcome View Answer
Negotiation Details – They will try and downplay the hour rate that you want. Do not budge.
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Party City in March 2009.
Interview Details – It was a fairly short process, I answered an ad online. I was interviewed once by The district and the store managers. It was a standard interview. They hired me off this one interview. No drug test was required but a background check was done.
Interview Question – Do you like Halloween? View Answer
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Party City in September 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online through allretailjobs.com and about a week later got a call to come in for the interview two days later. When I got to there I had to wait 20 minutes because the manager was still with another interview. The interview took about 30 minutes and he asked basic questions and he asked me if I had any questions. He then went on to tell me about the company and about himself and asked if I was still interested and said yes. He then told me that he saw something special in me and offered me the job on the spot.
Negotiation Details – He told me the job would pay minimum wage and I did not negotiate with him since it is only a temporary job.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Party City in November 2008.
Interview Details – I was interviewed twice prior to being hired. First interview was over the phone and I sat down with a DM and the Regional HR on second interview. Basic interview questions regard behavior, past experiences, and background.
Negotiation Details – Very quick. I countered once and they accepted.
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Party City in June 2013.
Interview Details – Spoke with the DM and store manager for the first interview. Nothing out of the normal questions that you'd get in the standard interview. Mostly questions about my previous jobs and what I did and what positions I had. The DM gave me the standard we are still interviewing so we'll be in touch. I believe I will be called back for the next step in the process and move on from there.
Interview Question – none really Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Party City in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online. Received call for interview with District Manager. However,the position at the location in ad was filled and I was interviewing for a different location. Interview lasted about forty minutes. Questions included: 1. How I would handle a sale, from start to finish. There are about 8-10 steps they want to hear about. 2.How did I handle a difficult situation. 3. How would I handle a bride and her difficult mother while taking an order for wedding invitations. Next interview was set with Human Resources Manager and took place about three weeks later. I traveled to a store about 40 minutes away and spoke about an hour to the HR Manager. Questions included: 1. Take me through a sale for a bridal shower, pretending I'm the bride.2. Are you interested in crafts and what are some websites you view for information? 3. Do you know what the current styles are for weddings and how do you keep up to date. A third interview was sent with the Training Director and this was a phone interview. It took about 40 minutes and some of the questions were similar to the previous ones. Additionally, I had to speak about my interests, how I would keep up to date with current trends, how would I up-sell, how would I deal with upper class customers.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected because I researched the company, the position and the people who would be interviewing me. I practiced questions and answers. I also prepared questions to ask. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – In the end, the location was too far away from my home, so the commute would have been horrible. Also, the wage offered was considerably less than I was asking, so the commute and lower wage made taking job a financial hardship. The Training Director did ask what I suggested for future candidates and of course, salary was the main point. Especially since these departments, in some of their stores, bring in over $100,000 per year. They do offer nice benefits and the schedule is a mid day schedule with regular days off and they are flexible when you need to change your schedule.
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Party City in March 2009.
Interview Details – I applied in-store and was asked to come in later that day for an interview with the store manager. The interview was conducted one-on-one in the back of the store. Following this interview a time was set up to meet with the regional director. The interview was held at the store in a back room, one-on-one with the regional director. The questions were standard interview material and overall not too difficult.
Interview Question – What are three words or phrases that best describe you? Answer Question
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