Talbots
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www.talbots.com Hingham, MA 5000+ Employees

Talbots Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 10, 2014
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Co-Manager Interview

Co-Manager
Houston, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Talbots.

Interview Details – you will interview with someone who holds the position you are applying for-then move up the chain

Interview Question – they will ask you to go on the sales floor and play out a sales scenario   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – the offer was within my request-have a range in your head

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Manager Interview

Manager
Detroit, MI

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Talbots in April 2010.

Interview Details – 2 interviews

Interview Question – There was none, reasonable questions   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I declined due to money, but they counter-offered, and I eventually came back and accepted.

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ASM Interview

Anonymous Employee
Merrimack, NH

I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Talbots in April 2012.

Interview Details – It was a great experience with the former DM, she is no longer with the company. So can't say how things go now.

Interview Question – She just wanted numbers from past companies I worked for.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They don't pay very well at all for the amount of work you have to do.

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Assistant Manager Interview

Assistant Manager

I applied in-person and interviewed at Talbots.

Interview Details – Interview comprised of a meeting with the General Manager and District Manager. It was pretty straightforward and simple. Since it was a promotion, there were obvious questions about ways in which I would do things differently as a manager in the ways of brand coaching and team development, visual/merchandising, operational accuracy, and other questions of that nature. The interview was no more than 20 minutes and I'd say a very comfortable experience.

Interview Question – How would you address an associate that's unresponsive performance-wise to touch bases and productivity talks?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It was non-negotiable basically. It was phrased that the position was only being offered at the amount and it was sort of a take-it-or-leave-it scenario.

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Park City, UT

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Talbots.

Interview Details – Very informal; depends a lot on manager. It was pleasant, not intimidating.

Interview Question – None that I recall.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate

I applied in-person and interviewed at Talbots.

Interview Details – Walk-in dropped off my resume and filled out a application. two months later I was called in for an interview.

Interview Question – I found the interview to be very welcoming. I don't remember speicfic questions that were unexpected. Fashion, the brand and women were mostly what we talking about   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate
Ardmore, PA

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Talbots in September 2010.

Interview Details – Very basic. Just asked if I had sales or customer service experience and when I was available.

Interview Question – What would you do if you had an unhappy customer   Answer Question

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General Manager Interview

General Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Talbots in March 2011.

Interview Details – Typical phone intrview with recruiter, one on one with DM, phone interview with RM. Standard retail management questions abour people development, driving results etc. First impressions very important. Looking for extremely upbeat and energetic candidates. Be prepared to give specific examples of your accomplishments.
Once hired, managers will receive 2 weeks training- one outside and one inside current store.

Negotiation Details – my asking price was on the high end of their pay scale

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Easy Interview

Accounting Operations Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee
Hingham, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Talbots in January 2014.

Interview Details – Very simple questions, very nice people.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work here.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Talbots in September 2012.

Interview Details – It is a very simple hiring process. It includes a general paper application with detailed questions about work history, history with the company, history with fashion and interests in fashion, followed up with a brief one-on-one interview with a store or assistant manager. The process is not intimidating. The managers are approachable and sincerely interested in your fit with the company. Just be yourself! If you are interested in high-end, classic, sophisticated style this is a solid fit.

Interview Question – Are you current and up-to-date with fashion trends and seasonal color collections? How often do you read fashion magazines?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very little negotiation possibility.

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