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Management Development Program Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peoria, IL
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peoria, IL
Application Details

I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at The Buckle in December 2009.

Interview Details

I was shopping at Buckle when a manager came up to me and informed me about the management development program. She said I look like I would be a good fit and should consider applying. A few months later I decided to give a shot so I went to buckle.com and filled out an application online. The application was straight forward but I did have a few issues. One issue was with the experience section. If you don't have 3 previous work experiences then you have to put no experience. It is also difficult to put work experience from a different country. After I completed the application I took the online assessment. The assessment is a "major" factor in determining if you will get called in for an interview so it's important to make yourself seem very outgoing. If you don't do well on the assessment you have to wait 6 months to apply for the same position again, even if it's a different store in a different city and state. Almost immediately after I finished the assessment I got a generic email asking me to call Buckle and schedule an interview. I wore a nice dress shirt with dark denim jeans to the interview. The manager took me out into the mall and we sat down at a table in an open area. She asked me some basic questions about myself and how I heard about the job. What took me by surprise was when she started asking me about relocating. She told me that if I make it through the program (1 year) that I would have to relocate (I was aware of this). She started to ask me where I would be willing to relocate. I honestly did not care and told her I would go wherever there is an opening. She continued to push the issue so I just started naming random cities such as Chicago and St. Louis. She then responded by saying "So it looks like you would want to be in a big city." I responded by saying no I don' t mind big or small cities. I told her I was new to the area and reiterated that I had no preference in regards to a location. At the end of the interview she told me that this is the job that everyone wants at the moment and that it's been very competitive. Her tone made me feel like I wasted my time by showing up. She said she would try and get back to me within 2 weeks. About a week later I received another generic email saying that I was not offered the position. The entire interview took about 10 minutes. Overall, the interview was easy but awkward at times. Also, if you have issues with your account online your best bet is to create another account using a different email. I had issues with my account and got little help from the company. I talked to 5 different people but no one was able to provide me with clarification on what was going on with my account. You can also get around the 6 month rule by creating a new account.

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    Management Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at The Buckle in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    I went into the interview expecting to discuss a rotational management training program. I dressed in nice, dark jeans and a nice but not too formal button-up shirt like those they sell at Buckle, because numerous reviews I had seen said to dress according to their product for bonus points.

    First of all, the manager was late because she making a bank run right before my interview. One of the staff members (only two people were working there) printed my application and made some small talk with me. The two sales associates were really nice and tried to make me feel more comfortable.

    When the manager finally arrived, I waited 5 or 10 minutes for her to go into the back and take care of the banking stuff. When she came back out, she took me to the back of the store, and asked me questions that I would expect from a normal sales associate interview. She asked me why I wanted to move to the area, what I studied in college and why, as well as what I wanted to do with my degree (which was awkward because my degree is unrelated to retail).

    She asked me the very basics about what I did at my current job, as well as what my favorite current trends were. I was a little stumped by the trends question since it was so broad, so I just listed some of the currently popular colors and clothing styles I had seen that I liked.

    She then asked me if I had any questions, so I asked her to describe how the program worked, since she had not mentioned anything about what I had read. She said the "m" in MDP (Management Development Program) actually meant "mobile" and that I'd be spending only about 2 weeks at home (home store, I assume). She asked if I was open to relocation and I said yes. She said that Buckle promotes 100% internally, and so I would begin as a sales associate and, after a few months, if they were satisfied, they MIGHT recommend me for the MDP but that the candidates were hand-picked and her recommendation didn't necessarily mean I'd get picked as a candidate.

    I asked her how much interaction the different levels of associates had with other levels (for example, how often would I as a sales associate see my District Manager). She said she spoke with her DM every day but that they only came into the stores if they were in trouble.

    I also asked how numbers-based they were. At my current job we are evaluated on our sales numbers and penalized for low numbers, regardless of circumstances such as slow days, etc. She said they were heavily performance-based and your money depended upon your performance.

    She asked me about my hobbies and what I had done since college, and I told her, but I kept trying to get the discussion back to the MDP because I felt like I was interviewing for another job. She asked why I was interested in the program and I told her I had worked as a sales associate for most of my working life and was excited about taking the next step and becoming the sales leader that motivated her sales team to do well.

    She gave me a funny look and asked me how exactly I would motivate my sales team. I was kind of unprepared to answer but I did the best I could and told her that some companies motivated their employees to do well out of fear of losing their jobs. I said that I wanted my employees to do well because they WANTED to do well - because they ENJOYED coming to work. I said I did not want my team doing well because they were terrified of getting fired, like I had experienced in some jobs, because I felt it affected the morale of the whole store. I said I would probably have some kind of mixed accountability and recognition system in effect to do this. She gave me a really bizarre look and a nod.

    She shook my hand and said it was good to meet me and that she'd get back to me in the next week or so, and to look around the store (she said this at least three times during the whole time I was there, I guess because I was the only person in the store outside of the three of them and she wanted her conversion to not suck, but I felt buying stuff after my interview was a little..... iffy).

    I received a generic email a couple days later turning me down for the job with no explanation, nor any offer of letting me begin as a sales associate.

    I rated the experience negative because I feel as though I was lied to about what the program actually was (she never really said much of anything about it, despite my questions, except that it was mobile), as well as how "in" the company I already had to be to enter the program.

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