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Arcadia Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Dec 7, 2017
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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Online application, maths test, video interview, assessment day and initial interview with Group HR and finally an interview with the specific brand you would be working for. The overall process took about 2 months and the Arcadia Talent team were very quick to respond after each stage and were happy to answer any questions throughout the process either via email or even over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • SWOT analysis of the brand , during the final interview stage.   Answer Question
    • Provide an example where you have worked in a team?   Answer Question
    • Provide an example where you have shown analytical skills?   Answer Question
    • If stock couldn't get delivered from the warehouse to a store for any reason, what else could you suggest to ensure a store is stocked with certain lines?   1 Answer

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    Buyers Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online and received an online maths test shortly after. I passed this and then had a video interview (which I found the hardest part!) It puts you on the spot so just make sure you've done your research and you'll be fine. You can find all of the questions on glassdoor so you can prepare.

    Then around a week later I was called for a group interview which was with three other candidates. We had separate interviews where we presented a trend board with a member of the recruitment team and then a group exercise and another math test. The maths test was basic retail maths and the group exercise was about prioritisation of some every day tasks. I enjoyed this, my group were all really friendly and the recruiters all put you at ease. I received a call whilst I was on the train home saying I'd done really well and they'd definitely put me in for an individual interview as well as some helpful and constructive pointers to help in my final interview.

    A week later I was given a date and I had two days to prepare before my final interview which involved presenting a product based trend. I did two boards for this, one with my general research on the trend and another of the key products I would book. Nearly two weeks had passed with no contact until I chased them. I assumed I had been unsuccessful but I then received an offer which I happily accepted.

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  3. Helpful (1)  

    IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in September 2017.

    Interview

    First stage was telephone interview, second stage was in-person. The hiring manager is looking for someone that doesn't exist. I've previously applied to this company,I have extensive experience in this industry, doing the same types of projects - for much bigger, international, more well known companies. Yet, despite me doing the exact same project for multiple other companies, my experience still wasn't good enough for them. I've previously applied for roles with this company via recruiters, and had bizarre rejection feedback supplied to me, that wasn't even true, and did not even seem that they had read my CV, and seemed they were talking about someone else completely. There is an arrogance and attitude of superiority by the hiring personnel, and unless you are a mortal God, then you will not be getting a job there. On arrival at reception to check in for the interview, it was an immediate negative impression - the receptionist was very arrogant, unfriendly, seemed very angry, and inconvenienced that she had to check me in. Not sure what her problem was, but it gave a very negative impression of what the working environment and mood would be like. Overall, the whole experience was very negative and gave an impression of arrogance and superiority, and of overworked unhappy people in the headquarters location. I will be avoiding Arcadia Group like the plague in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your experience in this field   1 Answer
    • Talk about similar projects you've done.   1 Answer

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Was greeted in the reception area half an hour late, my interview was at 9.30am and no one came until 10.00am. The lady who met me was cold and barely spoke to me. After stomping around the meeting rooms for about 5 minutes she barked at me to 'wait here' in the middle of a corridor whilst she went off somewhere, only to come back and say we'd been moved. We then met another lady and sat in a glass meeting room where we sat in silence for a few minutes. Any conversation I tried to make was dismissed by one worded answers until eventually they asked me to talk through my CV. They then proceeded to ask me what I knew about the company and basic competency questions. They questioned, I answered but with no response in between, they basically read off of a sheet and grunted in reply to anything I said. They then asked if I had any questions and then went on to say how boring the job was and that they didn't really like it, then asked me to leave. The interview felt very much like an inconvenience to them which leads me to wonder why they bothered asking me to come for an interview. I emailed a week and a half after asking when I could expect to hear back, it's been over a month now and still haven't heard anything. You'd think paying over £50 for a train ticket to go to an interview you'd at least get some sort of a response but nothing.

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Group assessment day, including a group activity surrounding allocation, a 7 minute maths test and an individual one to one interview that lasted about half an hour (including a PEST analysis presentation)

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  6. Helpful (1)  

    BAA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online, then put through to an online maths test that is pretty basic but sufficient for the BAA role. Video interview with no one on the other end asking you about what trends you think are coming and what your influences are. Very random!

    After that I had a pretty long wait for an assessment centre. The assessment centre was probably one of the best I went to. Really relaxed and enjoyable. I had to redo my maths test that was more pressured and complete a group task however mine was only with one other candidate. This was a priority task sorting.

    Then I had to present a moodboard I had been asked to prepare on an autumn trend I forecasted (I’m really anxious about presenting but the interviewer was lovely and helped me through). After a few more weeks I was contacted saying I was successful (shocked! Don’t lose hope and doubt yourself).

    I had another long wait of about 3 months for a brand interview and this was with the senior buyer of the department. I feel that a member of HR should have been present as the interview didn’t flow as well as the assessment centre. More questions on the role and ran through my ENTIRE cv - make sure you know it.

    I didn’t get the job which in some aspects I can understand - make sure you are commercial and I mean go very basic and to the core of the brands customer.

    I was contacted a few months later after no communication asking if I was still searching for a role but had already accepted with another HS brand. I was annoyed as Arcadia was a brand I hoped for but looking back, there are so many brands on the HS with so much to offer so keep your options open!

    Hope this helps as this is what I needed when I was going through the process!

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think you would do as a BAA   1 Answer

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    Buying Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    The process took about 3 weeks.
    The first stage was a math test. As I had tried the math tests in another application process, I knew what to expect and did well.
    Following the math test, I was invited to a video interview. This was very stressful, even though I had prepared extensively (looking at what questions were normally asked etc., preparing my answers). There were 7 questions. First you set up your camera, when the question pops up, and you have 30 secs to think of your answer. The camera then counts down from three, and the camera comes on. You then have 30-90 seconds to answer. You do not get to edit your answers, or re-tape them. Between each question you can chose to have a small break, as it doesn't continue before you click next. You do not get the questions in advance.

    Apparently I did not provide the answers they wanted, and received a decline a week after the video interview.
    I was very sad, as Topshop has always been my dream, but there were many more stages to go through, and I was happy that I didn't get to the last stage just to be declined.

    Interview Questions

    • Does £20,000 per year meet your expectation?   Answer Question
    • Describe a typical day as your role as a BAA?   Answer Question
    • Mentioning as many sources as possible, where do you gather information on trends?   Answer Question
    • Using these sources, what 3 key pieces would you invest in for the upcoming season?   Answer Question
    • Are you aware, that if successful, you could be placed with one og the great eight brands of Arcadia?   Answer Question
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    Finance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    After applying online and answering some basic questions (around 250 words each), there was a video interview. A question would pop up on the screen, 30 secs to prepare and 1.5 mins to answer. 5 questions in total. After the video interview, I didn't hear back for 2 weeks, but got through to the assessment day.

    Interview Questions

    • Does XXX salary meet your expectations, how would your friends describe you, why do you want to work for Arcadia?   Answer Question

  9.  

    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I first had to complete an online application form, then an online maths test, and then a video interview. Was invited to an assessment centre where I was emailed about the 10 presentation a week before, another short maths test and a group allocation task and a one-one interview.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Disaster from start to finish. Applied internally. Used my internal contact to send my CV and covering letter through to the recruitment team. They replied back the next day to offer a phone interview for two days time. I took the day off work to make sure I was available to answer the phone call. They never phoned. I emailed to reschedule and received an out of office from the recruiter explaining that they had left the business and left another contact within the business. I emailed this other recruiter, only having to resend all the information again. They had asked if I had completed the maths test (which the previous recruiter said nothing about). I then had to complete this, but as I hadn't applied online they sent me a badly worded document to fill out and send how long it took me. After this I was then invited to complete a video interview which I skipped a lot of questions and still ended up getting a face to face interview (I wonder if anyone actually watches them back?). Finally I was offered a face to face interview for the following week. I was asked to prepare a SWOT analysis on Topshop. The interview itself was easy and questions were basic compentency. Following the interview I was told I would know if I was successful by the end of the next week. I didn't (shock). I emailed for feedback. No reply (shock). I rang and the recruiter sheepishly answered and explained that the process was still ongoing. I emailed again. And again. And rang again. No answer. It took my manager and area manager to intervene and 6 weeks to get feedback. They said I didn't use buzzwords. I'm pretty sure they couldn't even remember the interview as they didn't even get my name right when they rang me back. Overall 0/10 wouldn't recommend to a friend.

    Interview Questions


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