Sears Assistant Store Manager Interview Questions

Updated Apr 29, 2015
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Assistant Store Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Sears (Coeur d'Alene, ID) in March 2015.

Interview

Straight forward and, basically, the same as other interview processes with similar companies for this type of position. The questions were multi-faceted and required more of a scenario type of answer. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Interview Questions

  • If I were to ask your former manager what your strengths and weaknesses are, what would they tell me?   Answer Question

Reasons for Declining

I would rather not say.

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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Sears.

    Interview

    Filled out the application on line. 2 days later got a 45 minute assessment that had to be filled out. 1 week later I received an email confirmation that they were interested in me. 1 week later I received a call from the Store Manager for an interview. 2 weeks later I had a phone interview with the District Manger. He presented an alternative option to the original position that I interviewed for. Another Store Manager called to offer me the job and salary. I turned it down. I heard back from the District Manager several times before I accepted the job. He did get closer to what I was wanting as my salary requirement. I should have stayed with my previous job because promises were made that never came close to what was agreed upon in taking the job.

    Interview Questions

    • None of them were. If you have been in any kind of Retail Management position, you are familiar with all the scenario's that they throw at you.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate. I later found out that vacation time is negotiable, you can ask for a third week off.

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Interviewed with Store Manager and then District Manager. In person and phone interview respectively in that order. Was transferring from a Sears store in another state and I had previously worked for the DM. There was no moving allowance provided and only a slight bump in salary for the cost of living increase.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you instill and excite Sears culture into associates who were not motivated and resistant to change?   Answer Question
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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Sears (Boston, MA).

    Interview

    Interview process consisted of two pre hire assessments. Contacted by recruiter to set up interview with store manger. Interview was very relaxed and what you would expect at management level. Asked to describe past experiences and work history. Also required to review sales metrics and determine areas of opportunity and what actions would be taken to correct those issues. Follow up phone call with District Manager, which was very brief. Contacted by recruiter with offer. Entire process was 4-6 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • As previously stated, asked to review department specific metrics and highlight areas of opportunity and what actions could be taken to resolve those issues for future success. This was a little difficult as there was little instruction and key metric initiatives were not explained (i.e., I was not advised on the current company standards and store, department or associate goals.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Salary was not negotiable except for a few thousand dollars. It was much lower than I had anticipated. Offered two (2) weeks vacation, but was easily negotiated to three (3) weeks based on salary restraints.

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hayward, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Sears (Hayward, CA).

    Interview

    The process began with my application and taking numerous tests. Upon completion I received a call from Corporate recruiter inviting me for an interview with some regional management. Had two interviews with two interviewers at a time. The following week I received a call from a Store Manager. She would hire me on the spot but I preferred another location; thus, she referred to my former Sears store manager who turned out to be not a nice person.

    Interview Questions

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Sears.

    Interview

    Long and drawn out - three assessments to be passed before interview. Then interviewed first by SM and then DM in second interview. Took 4 weeks to get onboarded once hiring decision was made. DM interview included a case analysis.

    Interview Questions

    • Case analysis. Given 45 minutes to review case and develop action plan - then present to DM, followed by questions by DM and SM.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Able to negotiate for more pay.

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Sears.

    Interview

    Posted resume and applied for position. Was contacted by recruiter. Had to take 3 online assessments then phone interview with recruiter. The contacted by store manager, and met face to face for 2 interviews. 1st with the operations manager the final with store manager. I was called less then a week later and offered a position. The pay was set. I accepted, had to go online from home to fill out HR paperwork which I was paid for. I started approx 1 month after my first contact with the recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were normal situational based questions relating to management experiamces.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiations

  8. Helpful (2)  

    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Sears.

    Interview

    you will interview with the district manager for a specific location, if accepted you will then interview with the store manager, if you pass the interview with the district manager, you pretty much have the position, it is just the store manager giving you a walk through of the store

    Interview Questions

    • nothing unexpected, it is usual retail based questions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    they have a wage cap 55,000, this is only in the high volume stores, depending on the volume you can start off at 41000

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sears in January 2013.

    Interview

    Had to not only Interview for the job but had to take 2 separate tests which required 65 minutes of my time. The initial application had a 45 minute test. After the test I felt as though i had been interrogated by police. In the end after about 2 weeks I heard back from them and wanted to almost turn it down due to the complexity of this part of the process.

    Interview Questions

    • There are alot of the "Tell me about a time when.." questions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Offered lowest possible salary for the job but because I needed a job I accepted. After 4 months I did receive a mega raise due to performance.

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    Assistant Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Exton, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Sears (Exton, PA).

    Interview

    Iterview twice with SM and DM. Background and urine test. Urine must be given within 48 hours of offer acceptance. Interview process very standard. "tell me about at time, describe a time..." Situation, behavior, outcome is the format. "SBO" if you've heard of it.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Told that what I had been making, and what I expected to make. They offered me a few thousand more than I had been receiving,

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