Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in December 2013.
Interview Details – Easy - back then they just needed help. No training though.
Interview Question – There really weren't any. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was none.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in December 2013.
Interview Details – Easy, fun group interview. Not stressful. Truly pleasant.
Interview Question – Nothing to report Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation as it was seasonal
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in December 2013.
Interview Details – 3 Interviews. Very detailed questions wanting specifics on past experiences in managing retail store.
Interview Question – Inventory control measures. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma.
Interview Details – I had a positive interview experience, they moved very quickly, within 1 week I was hired. Very rounded questions, tasking, customer service, visual and stocking capabilities
Interview Question – Interviewing was a comfortable process, I have 10+ years in retail and didn't find the process uncomfortable or difficult Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was fairly firm on what my expectations were in my interview, when they made their offer they came in, in the range I expected
I applied in-person and interviewed at Williams-Sonoma.
Interview Details – Received a phone call to come in for a 'group interview' after dropping off my resume to Manager's attention in-store. Only very few of us showed up for a group interview of what was to be eight other people. This should have been my first red flag of things to come. Interview lasted about 60 minutes, we were told that if we didn't hear back by 'x' date, good luck on your future endeavours.
Interview Question – Asked to go back into store and pull out our favorite WS product and give a 'Show & Tell' presentation about its features and benefits. Asked what other products we would sell along with this product. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, was told what hourly rate was offered.
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma.
Interview Details – Interview process went quickly - had initial phone screening with HR and then a day of in-person interviews. There was some confusion around the role and departments with available openings. But overall went smoothly.
Interview Question – No tough questions - most were behavioral and meant to access cultural fit. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in November 2013.
Interview Details – Response to Craigslist. Open evening of interviews. Group interviews consisting of five people max. Interviewer looked at how we interacted with each other and were able to answer two very simple questions coherently and had good interpersonal skills. Standard paperwork. You get paid to complete paperwork once hired which was nice.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you felt you had gone beyond what was expected of you in the work place, or that you felt really proud of what you had accomplished. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Williams-Sonoma.
Interview Details – I went in for a first interview and store tour. I was expecting it to take maybe an hour. The interview lasted over two hours! The first hour and a half went great. Then it seemed as though it should have come to a close, but the interviewer kept going despite obviously losing focus and getting tired. No interview should ever last that long!
Interview Question – What is your favorite thing to cook? View Answer
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in November 2013.
Interview Details –
I was made aware of the opportunity through a private email from an individual within the organization sent to a network of professional colleagues outside of the Williams-Sonoma fold - photographers, producers, stylists, etc. with whom that person works regularly.
I forwarded my CV and cover letter directly to that individual. There was a 1-2 week lapse; they travel frequently for work. Upon following up a second time, the WSI employee put me in touch with a hiring manager within the organization who was already in possession of my CV/letter. She and I emailed a couple of times back and forth at which time a phone interview was arranged the following week.
My phone interview with the hiring manager lasted about 60 minutes. It was a thorough interview with many questions asked of one another. I felt the hiring manager was genuinely interested, engaged, curious, asked thoughtful questions. I was very interested in the position. The interview concluded with the hiring manager inquiring as to my salary requirements. I explained that I wanted to conduct some due diligence on the compensation front and that I would be back in touch with her within 48 hours. She was receptive to this request.
Two days later I followed up with both email and a phone call with my requirements. The hiring promptly returned my call and explained that they were very interested in me as a candidate, and that my salary requirements were perfectly in line with what the position pays. In that call, we spoke for an additional 15-20 minutes, where she asked additional pointed, detailed questions about my experience and thoughts regarding the position with Pottery Barn. At the conclusion of the second phone call/interview, the hiring manager explained that position's direct report (who I learned at that time was the individual who circulated the initial email re: the position) would be in touch with me within 1 week to conduct a third interview.
A week passed without hearing back from anyone. I called and emailed the hiring manager explaining I hadn't heard from the direct report; she replied immediately and explained she would track him down and ascertain what was happening with regard to the search. She called me back later that day and explained the individual was traveling and would be in touch within 3-5 days.
Another week passed without hearing any word. I again followed up with the hiring manager but heard now word. I gave that call and email a week, and followed up one last time with the hiring manager and never heard back.
Interview Question – I didn't find any question particularly difficult or unexpected. If forced to chose one it was when she asked how I would react to C-level executive/s shooting down a concept I developed for a seasonal campaign. View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Williams-Sonoma.
Interview Details – Basic test to ascertain customer service abilities.
Interview Question – Excel spreadsheet. Easy if you know Excel. I believe that it has been eliminated from intitial testing. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Hourly rate set in stone.
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