Room & Board Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Updated Jul 28, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Room & Board.

    Interview Details

    Like everyone, I submitted an online application and was called by someone in HR for a phone interview that was like chatting with a good friend for nearly an hour. I was then invited to an interview in a hotel lobby (for new store opening in my city) where I moved from one interview to the next, and again had the feeling that this was more friendly conversation than formal interview. A surprisingly long--and fun--process.

    Interview Questions
    • We work in a team environment. As a team member, what do you bring to the table?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There really was no negotiating. I came with a lot of experience and this was a pretty steep pay cut, but felt that if R&B really was the kind of company they appeared to be, a lower salary would be worth it. It was and is.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Team Leader In Distribution Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Room & Board in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    In depth interview process. I first had a phone interview with an HR representative, only a preliminary get to know you type of call, then met with the distribution center manager for an hour, then another phone meeting with a different HR rep, then interviewed with the retail store manager, then finally with the district manager over the phone. A bit daunting, but I feel vital to the process to make sure people are genuine, fit the culture, and truly blend in with the established team already in place.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions, but a bit unexpected that most questions revolved around philosophy, versus previous work experience. If you do not believe you culturally fit into the descriptions on the website, best to just move on.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was more than fair and I was excited to take it. By the end of the process, I wanted to work here so bad, I probably would have taken less just to be a part of Room & Board.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Room & Board.

    Interview Details

    There were multiple interviews over a 2 month time period for this position. We had a phone interview, then a group interview, a more personal interview with the management, a final interview that lasted almost 4 hours where I met with multiple members of the team.

    Interview Questions
    • When I read the job description it said that you needed to be able to prepare a "portfolio" for clients so I spent a lot of time updating my design portfolio for the interview. Only one person looked at it and seemed surprised I had brought it. ":portfolio" is the word they use for a paper sales quote which is just a list of items a customer would like to purchase at a later date. When I was asked about my comfort with portfolios and I took out my portfolio of past design projects it was an awkward moment I wish I could have avoided.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate and actually asked for a salary at the lower end of what was posted on this site and was made a substantially higher offer. Others that were hired the same time as me that negotiated upon getting an offer said that they were met n the middle of their initial offer, however I feel the end amount was close to the same.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Room & Board in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got a call two weeks later from HR in MN. Spoke over the phone and then was set up with an in store interview with SIX people. The in store interviews took over four hours and were draining to say the least. Same questions over and over again. I was also asked unethical questions like " do you have kids" and "where are you from" , where does my family live, where are my parents from..nothing to do with job description whatsoever. I felt uncomfortable answering these questions and couldn't help wonder if there is discrimination. The company is great - the employees who do the interviewing need coaching on ethical and appropriate questions to ask during an interview. It seems they are looking to find someone they will get along, and go along with their established work style rather than someone who can benefit the company.Each one asked same questions and voiced same interest, which is to find someone who's personality is a good fit. Strangely no one asked about sales experience, design , service, painting, marketing and many other qualities. It was mostly personal related questions. I am excited about the company regardless of these bad interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have kids? Where are you from? those questions made me feel very uncomfortable   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Room & Board.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for a Design Associate and received no response. The next week I saw an add for an "open house" for the position and decided to attend. When I got there we were split into two large groups and taken around the showroom my a design leader. They explained the culture, a high level view of what the position was and asked a few very generic questions (Where do you work now and how would you describe your design style). I got a call back for a first round interview where I met with the 3 store leaders for approximately a half hour. I got a call back for a 2nd interview and met again with 3-4 other associates.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too difficult. Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for a customer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    several interviews. long

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation. Ask for what you need upfront
    Accepted Offer
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    SAP Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Golden Valley, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Room & Board in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was fairly smooth. I applied on the company website and conducted a phone interview about a week later. I was brought in for an in person interview with the hiring manager and HR manager. Pretty typical interview, HR Manager focused on behavioral questions while hiring manager focused on technical questions. The hiring manager asked a lot of repeat questions which kind of threw me off. Overall a typical experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Room & Board.

    Interview Details

    It was a pretty easy interview process. They were professional. Ultimately no growth for upward movement.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Design Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Room & Board in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    Went through 12 interviews-a combination of phone interviews, in person one-on-one interviews, and round robin style interviews. Most questions were pretty standard and not creative. Was interviewed by a manager who was fired before they finished the hiring process, only to be interviewed by the new manager on his second day. No reflection on his qualifications, but how would he even know what he was looking for? Would have made more sense to have a more tenured employee interview potential candidates. Official offer letter stayed true to salary and vacation/benefit terms, but not scheduling terms.

    Interview Questions
    • One interviewer didn't ask any questions, just sat silently in front of me. It's a somewhat good tactic to get people to reveal more information, but it wasn't executed well. Hint: You have to ask a question first, otherwise it's just creepy.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Normal. Offer over the phone as Central office is located in MN. Negotiated salary. Offer letter sent in mail and receive next day.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Room & Board in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initially received a call from recruiter, about 2 weeks after I applied online. I had one phone interview, very easy going, sort of like get to know you better. The lady I spoke with was very easy to talk to and very informative. The phone interview took about 45 minutes. The Company seems to be very down to earth and in touch with true customer service. I received a call about a week later from the same recruiter to let me know that they had identified a candidate and that I will not be proceeding further. The amazing thing was that she gave me feedback and areas that I did not match with the position. I was impressed with the level of care and time she took to call back. Overall experience, granted it was very short, I felt like Room and Board lives what it preaches on their guiding principles.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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