I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sur La Table in November 2012.
Interview Details – Asked me very basic questions, if I liked to cook, if i was willing to climb ladders, if I had retail experience. About 7 minutes long.
Interview Question – Nothing was very unexpected, very basic questions. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in November 2012.
Interview Details – One phone Interview and 2 one on one interviews
Interview Question – There were really no questions that were difficult. However, I would suggest going to their website and seeing what brands are available through the store and familiarizing yourself with them View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate higher than I was expecting
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Sur La Table in October 2012.
Interview Details – Went to the interview for a payroll position. During the interview the person kept asking me about how to do accounting processes. After about 20 minutes of this I said I was curious as to why they kept asking me about accounting processes and if that was a big part of the payroll job. She turned her head sideways and said "Oh we already hired someone for the payroll job, I thought you might want the accounting position we have open." I was shocked. Why call me in for a job I applied for and offer me something totally different? What a nutty HR department.
Interview Question – Not applicable as I did not want the accounting job Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I did not want the accounting job. I applied for payroll
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table.
Interview Details – Interviewed with four employees. Thought I clicked with at least one of them. The third and forth interviews took place in a dark, windowless part of their offices. I couldn't help but think "Oh my god! If I get this job, I'll never see the sun all day." I've worked in windowless offices before but there was something particularly unnatural about this set up. I was very favorably impressed with the recruiting gal who called me about a week or so after my interviews to tell me they would need more time to reach a decision but I was still in running and then called me again about a week later to tell me I didn't get the job. I have interviewed at places where they didn't bother with any follow up.
Interview Question – What do you offer that your competition does not? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Sur La Table in October 2012.
Interview Details –
I first went into the store about a week and a half ago asking if they were hiring. I was informed that they were hiring for the holiday season, and to fill out an application online, indicating the correct store.
I filled out the application and then checked in with the store a few days later to inform them that I had filled out an application and was very interested in the job. I received an email about two hours later with an interview date for a couple days later.
The interview was very basic, a lot of the questions were situational for example: "If you had a customer who was displeased with their product, how would you handle that situation?" "Give us an example of a time you made a customer happy about their time at your store" Another questions was "Name one item you could walk away with in this store today" and then they followed up that question with asking how I would sell it to a customer.
Interview Question – There wasn't any difficult questions, just many situational. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I wasn't able to negotiate because it's seasonal.
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Sur La Table in September 2012.
Interview Details – Phone screening interview. The conversation was pleasant and friendly, and it was stated up front that its purpose was to confirm our mutual expectations. I learned that there were caps on wages and hours ($10/hour, 16 hours week, 4 hour shifts), that they wanted to be able to schedule my shifts as convenient for them, and call me anytime to fill-in as needed, and that there was virtually no possibility for change. After thinking it over, and reading the other reviews on this website, I decided this was not the right fit for me, and cancelled the in-person follow-up interview.
Interview Question – Would $10.00 an hour be acceptable? View Answer
I applied online - interviewed at Sur La Table in July 2012.
Interview Details – Day 1: Stoppee by store asked if hiring- told opening will be posted in 4 days, applied online 4 days later. Quick response and was scheduled for phone interview following day; typical questions: about past work, and what liked least about past job. Next day additional interview: 2 separate scenario interviews. Now, in background check process.
Interview Question – If you had 500 dollars what would you buy and how would you sell it to the customer? Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in February 2012.
Interview Details –
Pretty standard interview process.
They are looking for people who can think on their feet.
Lot's of questions about what you cook or like to eat.
Most questions focussed on managing people and what you would do in certain situations.
It's important to demonstrate that you are more than just a task master, and you have aspirations to do more.
Negotiation Details –
Salary, Bonus, start date
Just be clear up front about your expectations.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in December 2011.
Interview Details –
I received an initial email about my application.
I then received a call from the Store Manager for an initial phone screen.
It was really to validate my experience and salary info.
My initial interview was about an hour, and was followed up the following week with a 30 min. Terview by the DM.
Interview Question – I was asked about my interest in cooking. View Answer
Negotiation Details –
Pretty straight forward process.
I interviewed with the store manager and DM?
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sur La Table in September 2011.
Interview Details – The store is new to San Antonio. I applied online on a wednesday, on thursday I received an email for a phone interview the following day. I had a phone interview w/ manager on friday, I thought it went well. He asked about myself, likes/dislikes on current or previous jobs, why I applied there, basic questions. On wednesday I had a group interview with assistant manager and sales lead, along with 3 other candidates. They asked similar questions plus if given $500 for store what would you buy and what would you do with it. On friday I was emailed an offer for the job.
Interview Question – How comfortable are you with coming in at 5 am? (Once a week, for floor sets and/or shipments) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate .50 cents more based on being bilingual in Spanish.
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