Sears Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 3, 2015
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    Buyer Apprentice Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online, took 6 weeks which included a phone interview. Follow up email with an invitation to interview in San Francisco office. Dressed business casual, very friendly employees and Buyers that interviewed. There were 2 separate interview sessions with Buyers that took approx. 30 min ea.. Additionally 1 math test, approx. 30 min., 1 case study that we were given 10 min to prepare for. Case study was observed by all interviewers and needed to showcase how well we worked with others and how convincing our case findings were. Case study was definitely the hardest part.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when your day was interrupted and you were not going to be able to complete all of your tasks that needed to be done? How did you handle the situation?   2 Answers
    • Q: Tell me a time when you were not as detailed oriented as you should've been and how you were able to overcome the obstacle?   1 Answer
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    Buyer Apprentice Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Long process with many parts. I applied online after a recommendation. After applying, I was emailed to take a personality quiz. Pretty standard, the questions were all to see how one navigates in different work situations with colleagues and customers. A few days later I was emailed by a recruiter for a phone screening/interview. The questions (as with all the questions in the interview) are all behavioral. "Tell me about a time when...?" Very easy to prepare for, prep yourself by brainstorming all times at work that you had to deal with a "difficult situation, customer, co-work etc", worked/directed a major project, time you made a mistake. Basically, just think of all your career highs AND lows moments, and you'll nail it. A few days later, I received another email from the recruiter to attend an in person interview in three weeks in SF (you can choose your location Chicago or SF when you apply). The in person interview was two 2:1 interviews, a math test (you receive a study guide when you're invited to the interview), and a group case study where you are given ten minutes to read over your own case study then two minutes each to present it to the group. That for me was the most difficult part of the interview, as it was the most unusual. I think the objective is to see how well you work with others, how well you understand the business, and how you're able to articulate yourself in a buying environment. Everyone that I came into contact with from top to bottom of the process were extremely friendly and welcoming which makes you very comfortable in an interview environment (pro and con in my opinion).

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Applied on-line. Had a phone screening, followed by a panel interview with VP and DMM. Then had 2 more interviews with Buyers and DMMs. Everyone was very nice and friendly. No hard questions. Mostly we discussed my previous experiences and their relevance to this position

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    Buyer Apprentice Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Applied online, received phone interview ( lots of behavioral questions ), online math test, then got in-person group interview invite. Group interview involved two separate interview wih buyers and HR. They really want to gauge your interest and fit for the program. There will be a lot of " tell me a time when you.." Types of questions. You will also visit a Sears store and answer a questionnaire. The interviewers will ask you about that visit during that interview. Afterwards, you will complete a simple math test. Lastly, you will do a case study of which you will come together as a group to pick an investment of your choice to invest in. Advice: Be logical, be able to organize your thoughts on pros and cons of each investment and communicate them to your team.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the hardest assignment/ project you ever done. Tell me a time when you wish you can go back to do something. What does a buyer do   Answer Question
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    Buyer's Apprentice Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Extremely lengthy interview process. 2 month's of interviewing before an offer was extended. It begins with an online personality test and retail math assessment if you score well you move onto a phone interview discuss your relevant experience, retail math skills, interest in the position. You are then invited for the final 3-5 hour group interview.

    Interview Questions

    • During the group interview you are required to present a case study off information given to you 10 minutes prior.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Quick and easy to accept.

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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    After responding to six identical emails requesting information that was already on my resume, I was asked to take an assessment test that took about an hour. There was absolutely no follow up, positive or negative, after that.

    Interview Questions

    • What is/was your current/last responsibilities? Please do not cut and paste from the body of the resume.   Answer Question
    • Many questions regarding how one would deal with a variety of management issues (employees who are always late, customer service issues, etc).   1 Answer
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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sears (San Francisco, CA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    2 hour online testing, 2 person panel interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What did you think of the store?   1 Answer
    • Who do you think are our competitors?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    was able to negotiate, just ask for what you want then take it from there.

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