Rainbow USA Interview Questions

Updated Aug 15, 2014
Updated Aug 15, 2014
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  1.  

    Sales Associate/Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bloomfield, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bloomfield, CT
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Rainbow USA in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was questioned about work experience and who I knew that worked for the company. Then they forced us to work for two weeks unpaid while the store was being completed.

    Negotiation Details
    Not given one
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Rainbow USA in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    It was more of an on the spot hiring, lucky me. Friend told me her boss was looking for someone so i went with her to the job. He asked me do i have experience. which i did not but that was ok he said they train. He asked how much available time i had, would the traveling be a problem. Then he gave me the paperwork and told me i start the next week.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Rainbow USA.

    Interview Details

    Interview with DM, very relaxed interview, we went over my qualifications. You are told what the company expects upfront ex: 6 day work week during Easter, Mother's day, etc. Either befor the interviwed is scheduled or after the DM interview the company does a Background check, That goes for everyone employed not just management. Once they have confirmed you passed you will then get a call from the store telling you when the regional will call you for an interview. The regional calls and asks questions ( the regional has your application in her hand, so know where you worked and when you worked there. Remember the answers you gave the district manager because the regional has your answers. It's a very relaxed conversation ( like talking to a friend ) after the regional has spoken to ALL the candidates then the decision is made on who gets the job. The DM will call you with a salary offer, this company does not haggle. You get what they offer or the position goes to the 2nd choice.** Be nicely dressed, no piercings or visible tattoos.

    Interview Questions
    • These are pretty standard but they ask why you want to work for them? Give us a time where you were faced with a difficult situation and how did you handle it. What was your proudest moment? What are your weaknesses? So you have any questions for me?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    If you are still interested this is the amount $xx,xxx. We can not do any better than this so it will be the only offer you get. I said sure I'll take it District manager said great , start Monday at 9am to begin your training.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Payroll Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Rainbow USA.

    Interview Details

    I had applied for the position online. Hr reached out to me after two weeks time and told me what pay they were offering and how long the process worked. The pay was so below the market rate but it was in the neighborhood so I decided to give it a chance.

    Interview Questions
    • Where are you originally from? It was an illegal question and hence I decided not to go forward with the process.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Very unprofessional during interview. Asked me inappropriate questions. This came from the controller. Hello if you are upper management learn interviewing 101.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Winter Haven, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Winter Haven, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rainbow USA in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    There is no streamline process to hiring with this company. Upper management is not very professional. Payroll hours are very tight and they absolutely do not tolerate any payroll overages, ever. This is stressed during the Interview. Most stores are at the minimum payroll allowance and they encourage single person morning coverage 7 days a week. The store manager often has to work open-close at least once a week to have double coverage to get tasks done. While you are interviewing, it is important to say if you are willing to do such things, that is what they are looking for. Salary managers are required to work 45-48 hours a week but it works out to more like 54 hours a week. It is a lot of work but it is not very hard. The company itself is not very professional. Their POS system is ancient. Company communication is also very poor and not very professional.

    Interview Questions
    • They are very big on shrink, so knowing your numbers does help. Knowing basic LP also helps.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The DM makes the offer and says something along the line of This is as good as it's going to get. They do not negotiate salary. As far as salary retail goes be prepared to not get an offer comparable to other retailers.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Sales Associate/Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rainbow USA in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, received a phone call 2 weeks later for an interview. When I arrived it turned out I was being interviewed by the district manager. She was a nice lady. Some questions included tell me about yourself, if your manager did something wrong would you tell them?, do you mine taking orders from somebody?, what would you do if you could not satisfy an angry customer. She said I needed to leave 2 references because its mandatory that you have 2 good reference checks to get hired. I then received a phone call then next day to have a 2nd interview with the store manager. She told me to bring my id & ss. The 2nd interview was pretty much the same. She asked the some of the same questions as the district manager did no new ones. She also went over the store rules & policies. She also added that I didn't only have to give previous employment references, I could give them a friends number. So, I gave them two of my best friends contact numbers. After the interview was over she said she would call me the next day. I didn't receive a call so I decided to give them a call & she told me I got the job!

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    minimum wage
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Ecommerce/Coordinator Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Rainbow USA in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this position in June 2012 via indeed.com and on their company website. The description sounded like something I was very capable of doing and I met the requirements. I didn't get a call back so I reached out to the recruiter via linked in and landed an interview...a month and a half later. The recruiter was very very nice from there on if only everyone else on the team could be this way.

    Interview Questions
    • I met with two people one on the marketing team and one on the ecommerce team. The lady in the marketing team seemed to be asking me great questions and really liked the project I put together for my interview. The director of Ecommerce however, came to my interview late and was very unorganized. He began to ask me very rude questions about my résumé such as, why i was only at my past internships for 6 months(internships usually last 3-6 months last time I checked) and if was I fired from my last job ( have some tact and ask me what happened at my last job instead of assuming I was fired.) then he asked me what I liked about Rainbow Shops clothing....seriously. I have a degree and 3 years ecommerce merchandising experience. What do I like about Rainbow Shops clothing shouldn't be a question at this position level. Then he left for a meeting and left me with the marketing manager. The corporate offices are in East NY Brooklyn, not the most safest place to work. With all that being said, this company should've been happier to see someone with my experience, background, and the fact that I hunted them down for an opportunity ready and willing to work for them and eager to help them start up their website. Which by the way still isn't up. The company is completely missing a huge market online by not having an online store, or even a blog when it's competitors have had an online store for years.

      I would not recommend any one to apply to the web copywriter & ecommerce positions.
      The HR department should train their executives who are conducting interviews. It's a waste of the candidates time as well as the companies time.

      You should consider bringing in a new ecommerce manager in order to launch your website and have an online presence. The manager has been there for two years and still doesn't have an online store. His time has expired.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Cashiers Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Rainbow USA in September 2008.

    Interview Details

    I was interview by one person, easy question mostly about what you know about the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Honestly I can't remember the interviewer she was pretty nice and ask simple question. But It if I must Answere the most difficult question was were do I see my self in 5 years with the company.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It was Pertty much laid out fOr me
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Corporate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rainbow USA in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had two interviews and met with the head of HR and with the COO. They didn't ask any difficult questions, listened to what I had to say, and spoke a lot about the company. My only concern was with the COO, who is related to the company founder, and got the job not due to his business acumen, but because of the family relationship. He struggled a bit with the questions, and at times did not understand the common industry terms I was using. My biggest concern about this job was the location - the corporate office is located in one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in Brooklyn, definitely not the place of your dreams. But I was pleasantly surprised with how nice were all the people that worked there. Overall, even though the company has 1100+ stores nationwide, it still feels like it runs as a small family-owned business, always short on cash and not having a budget for anything. If you decide to work there, expect long hours, mediocre benefits, and lack of opportunities. But I'm sure it's a great place to get experience: if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Rainbow USA in July 2008.

    Interview Details

    My first job. I went to turn in my application to the store manager, she looked at it and said " You've never worked before?" I said no, but I'm a fast learner & a hard worker. She looked at me and said, "I think I prefer that so I can mold you into what I need you to be". Then she told me to come back the next day to fill out some paperwork. I guess she just like me though.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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