Sur La Table Sales Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 14, 2014
Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in October 2013.

Interview Details

1 phone interview and than one face to face. Mostly questions on sales experience and customer service. No cooking required, no interest in cooking no prior experience with selling cookware

Interview Questions
Negotiation Details
no negotiations
Accepted Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table.

    Interview Details

    Pleasant. i went in for two interviews with different managers. both were very nice.it was not hard to attain the job with my product and culinary knowledge.

    Interview Questions
    • "Would you be willing to relocate for this position?"   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Usually do 1 interview, but you're interviewed by 2 people (at least I was). They ask about availability. One question I remember them asking is what a good example of customer service was and how would you make an upset customer happy.

    Interview Questions
    • The customer service question through me off a little bit and it took me a little while to actually come up with an answer.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate because they were already paying me a dollar more an hour than my other job.

    My application process was only so long because they were unsure about hiring me due to me being unavailable the week before they opened the store, but the date got pushed back and they hired me!
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Sur La Table in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in August 2013 and received a call asking if I was still interested in the job a couple days later. I went in the next day for an interview. The "interview" took place in the middle of the store and took about 10 minutes. The hiring manager asked if I would be able to go to orientation on Tuesday (my interview was on a Thursday). I said yes, and he said he would rush through the paperwork to get my background check done. He said I would recieve any email to authorize the background check. Once I authorized that, I didn't hear anything else, so I called on Monday and he said to come to orientation the following day to fill out paperwork which would take about 2 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions, in fact there were hardly any at all that would you expect. They seemed desperate for workers. They only thing he asked was if I liked pastry/dessert or savory cooking better.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiating. They started me at 8.50 per hour and it seemed like they assumed you would just be working for the employee discount which is 40%.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at Sur La Table.

    Interview Details

    Walk-in application. I initially spoke with the assistant manager, who arranged for me to interview with the store manager. They were especially interested in my bi-lingual skills. The interview process was very casual and involved typical questions (how deal with difficulties with co-workers/clients...)

    Interview Questions
    • Questions definitely trended towards expressed interest in cooking/culinary (do you like to cook? etc)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Sur La Table in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    My interview process was very different from what it is today. I walked in, dropped off my app and resume, was called by the manager that day, went in for an interview the next, we chatted on the floor, and I was working a few days later. Now it takes a lot longer because it is all done online and there are a lot more apps to go through due to the fact that folks can just pop themselves into our hiring process through sites like Indeed.com! There is a phone interview, two in-persons, and a background check now, with an at least two-week wait time between putting in your app and starting work.

    Interview Questions
    • When I started: what would you buy with a $500 gift card, because I'd only been in the store once before! Currently we have some weird ones that are supposed to test your judgement and creativity and experience...they're all odd!   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Sur La Table in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Submitted application online, got called for a phone interview within next 2 days and scheduled for an in-person interview in 2 days. Said they'd call back in 24 hours to meet the Manager but I never did hear from them again. It's been 10 days.

    Interview Questions
    • Usual sales floor customer service questions. Was asked to try to sell the interviewer something from the store.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very simple interview process. Friendly manager. Asked about past experience in retail, culinary experience or interest, availability and if I meet the requirements listed for the position.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sur La Table in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was hired as seasonal help. I was not interviewed in an office, but in a public space, which was a bit awkward. The interviewer was very kind and made me feel very comfortable. They asked a lot of typical questions, like what I liked and didn't like about my previous jobs, and how I handled difficult customers. The questions were typical and reasonable. The interviewer talked a lot about how much they liked the company and the store in particular as well as about opportunities for advancement.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were really very predictable. I can't remember any one standing out or taking me by surprise. Go to any website that lists typical interview questions and the ones I was asked will be there.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was apologetically given a firm, non-negotiable offer of just under $10 per hour, with the promise of an increase if I were kept on after the holiday.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sur La Table in September 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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