I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at REI in August 2012.
Interview Details – I first applied online, at multiple locations. Then I visited the locations I was most keen about and introduced myself to the hiring manager, or general manager if available. During the interview, I spoke about my previous experiences. Especially in my previous volunteer experiences. They were very friendly and interested in having an interview with me. The difficulty would be medium to high. Reason being is because, generally, people who work at REI have a strong sense of confidence and have particular traits on understanding people. You must be confident with yourself and have experience or so yourself experience the great outdoors and spark that passion with other.
Interview Question – What would I do regarding a Return?
(Consider REI's hassle free return) Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I found a better paying opportunity, although I feel I probably would have enjoyed REI better than the job I chose.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at REI in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online, and within one hour was called for an interview. I read on here that group interviews tend to be something REI likes to do, but mine was a one-on-one interview. The questions they asked me were basic interview questions, i.e., "How do you deal with a frustrating coworker" "What was the craziest day you had at your last job and how did you deal with it" "What does the REI Co-Op mean to you?" and my favorite one (not) "List 3 things that you think we should remember you by"
Interview Question – "List 3 things that you think we should remember you by" View Answer
Negotiation Details – On the over-the-phone interview, I was told base pay would start at $9.60 but that there is plenty of room to increase that going of things like your work experience. When I mentioned this during the interview, the ladies who were interviewing me acted like they had no clue about that rule. I will find out next week after my background check if I get the job.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at REI in March 2013.
Interview Details – Met Asst. Store Mgr for one on one interview. Very basic questiions. No group interview. Went well and very low key. Relax.
Interview Question – Why are you the best for this job? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at REI in January 2013.
Interview Details – Group interviews. Just be friendly and outgoing with everyone. Fantastic natural feeling of welcome.
I interviewed at REI in January 2010.
Interview Details – Was interviewed by ASM and SM.
Interview Question – Past work history View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. They told my what they would pay with no room for movement.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at REI in July 2011.
Interview Details – Apply Online, Phone interview, Group interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at REI in February 2009.
Interview Details – Interview process was straightforward. Passion and willingness to learn probably count for a lot and of course it helps tremendously if you regularly enjoy active outdoor sports. Most managers who work there are personable people which comes across in the interviews.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at REI.
Interview Details – The interview was relatively easy, but formal for retail. There was an initial phone interview and then an in-person interview. They asked questions evaluating outdoor experience, leadership skills, and previous retail experience.
Interview Question – What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at REI.
Interview Details – Apply online. April and October are the best times to apply, they will be preparing for Summer season in April and Winter in October. Contact the store, ask for the department supervisor, the store manager is not directly involved with hiring.
If applying directly to the shop technician position, stop by the store and introduce yourself to the existing shop team. BE SURE TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION ON THE EXISTING SHOP TECHS, they will be very persuasive in endorsing or condemning you with the hiring supervisor. There will only be one interview.
Interview Question – Have you ever had to support an unpopular management decision, what was it and how did you navigate negative feedback from your peers and employees? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Starting hourly rate was negotiable between $16-$18.50/hour.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at REI.
Interview Details – Online application
In person interview
Interview Question – The questions are straight forward and what you would expect from an outdoor retailer. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Say yes, it's a wonderful place to work.
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Pros: “fun, friendly co-workers, most of whom walk the talk and love what they do which makes working with them fun. Passion is abundant here. The products and discounts are wonderful. Benefits…” “fun, friendly co-workers, most of whom walk the talk and love what they do which makes working with them fun. Passion is abundant here. The products and discounts are wonderful. Benefits are only ok.” – Full Review
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