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Store Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Party City.
Interview Details – Took me 8 months to get hired.
Interview Question – How can you contribute to the company? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Took so long I forgot.
Store Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
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.
Store Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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.
Store Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Party City in June 2011.
Interview Details – My experience may be different as this was a Franchise group that operates 20 stores in the area.
I responded to an ad I saw on Craigslist asking for my resume. I received a call the following day to set up a phone interview for a few days later.
Phone interview consisted of general questions, ie why Party City, current job responsibilities, etc.. After a 20 minute phone interview, was set up for a face to face interview with the director of stores at the store with the open position. One on One interview consisted of behavioral based questions. Took about 30 minutes. I was told that I would receive a call in a few days.
- Tell me about a time you had to hold an associate accountable/ View Answer
- What's the biggest risk you've ever taken? View Answer
Reason for Declining – The company decided that I'd be a great fit for the organization, but not in the position that I applied for. They offered me assistant manager and told me they'd like me to work my way up. Pay was less than I make in my current position, so I declined.
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