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Arcadia Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated May 21, 2017
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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

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    Finance Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Video interview - 5 questions, download app and get on using a link they send you, 30 seconds to think about answer, 1 min 30 seconds to answer but can stop before using all the time. Time to relax between questions. Not as scary as I thought. Gave me 2 days between when I was told and had to do the interview and the deadline but think that's because I applied quite late.

    Interview Questions

    • What company is doing it right/innovative, what would your friends say about you, are you happy with this salary, what strengths do you have that would make you good for the role   2 Answers

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    BAA Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Straight forward interview process, online application, video interview, assessment centre and then branded interview.The Video interview asked questions such as what would a typical day look like for a BAA? Why Arcadia? Why buying? Tell us about Arcadia? Just a warning with the video interview you can't change your answers like other brands it's only the practice and then the real thing.

    Interview Questions

    • Video Interview: Q: What are the future trends for the upcoming season and how can you interpret it for each arcadia brand?   Answer Question

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    Finance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Arcadia.

    Interview

    online application with a few qualifying questions to answer, then a numerical test and if you pass you get sent the video interview where its pre-recorded and you get to practise with a question, then you get one chance to answer questions that appear on your screen

    Interview Questions

    • What are your 3 key strengths?/How would your friends describe you?/Are you happy with this salary of XXXXX?   Answer Question

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    Team Administrator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in October 2016.

    Interview

    There were 3 stages to my interview process. A brief phone interview going through why I applied. A 1:1 which was a painless experience as the interviewers were friendly and welcoming and finally, a second 1:1 with another manager within my department.
    Overall the process lasted just over a week and I got a call from their recruitment department in between each 1:1 to see how I was feeling about the job.
    Great staff and a good overall experience.

    Interview Questions


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    Finance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Arcadia in September 2016.

    Interview

    Online application included questions, then online numerical screening test (Standard). Then had to complete a recorded video interview which was fairly standard except they use a phone app now. I don't like recorded interviews and it makes it harder when you have to hold your phone at the right angle instead of just using a laptop camera.

    Interview Questions

    • What retail company do you think is leading the way? What are the biggest challenges faced by retail industries? Does a salary of £XXX meet your expectations? Can you make the assessment centre on this date?   Answer Question

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    Head Office Role Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Interview process pretty standard - competency based questions and met with the recruiter. They then however didn't come back to me with an outcome for over a month - really poor as I turned down other opportunities for the role (which I didn't get).

    Interview Questions

    • Competency based questions and ran through my experience and CV   Answer Question

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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 5+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in June 2016.

    Interview

    I applied for the Arcadia buying graduate role in February and received an offer at the end of July 2016, it is an extremely long process so do be aware of this if you are in your final year of studying! There are several stages to this process and it is a bit of a waiting game!

    I firstly applied online: uploaded CV & answered four application questions.

    Then shortly after received an email inviting me to complete a maths test. There are so many free websites that offer practice maths test so do practice a lot before doing the real thing! (Especially as the last time i covered maths was at GCSE level!) The test mainly covers basic maths: percentages, ratios etc.

    Within a few hours received an email saying i had past the maths test and now my application was 'under review'. A few days later i received another email inviting me to complete a interview video.

    This stage was possibly the hardest part as i didn't know what to expect.
    This is how it worked: Basically a question will go up on screen and you have 30 seconds to think about your answer, then another 30 seconds to record and video your answer. You are not talking to anyone but you are just being recorded! It was very stressful and only lasted 5 minutes!
    Do as much research as possible at this stage (i.e. find out previous video interview questions, ask buyers etc!)
    There was only five questions and some needed a longer answer than others (I will list the questions below).

    After 1-2 weeks later, i got through to the next round: the assessment centre.
    I had a one to one with a member of Arcadia HR, i had to present 2 mood boards featuring 2 key emerging trends for the next season.
    I had to do a presentation on these trends covering the following: Where you get your inspiration from and how will this need to be translated to the high street. How each trend will need to be adapted to be a commercial collection for each of the Arcadia brands.
    I bought 2 white mood boards and did 1x womenswear & 1x menswear so that i could cover all of the Arcadia brands.
    I had another maths test to complete and a competency based interview.

    After another month I was successful at my assessment centre and was matched with Topshop & Topman. However there were no BAA vacancies at this time, and I would need to wait until i could have my final interview.

    At the start of July i finally received a call for my final interview with the Topshop buying team.
    It was with a Buyer and a member of Topshop HR. I had to prepare a SS17 Trend board and prepare for more competency based questions.

    By the end of July I received an offer for the BAA role.

    It is a really long process but if you are determined enough to working in buying at Topshop, you will get there. I found that i was thinking about each stage a lot and when i was playing the waiting game - i simply emailed or rang to keep in communication (Not too much as you don't want to pester)

    I got extremely nervous before each interview (mainly anxiety & want for the job!) but the interviewers were very friendly and they ask questions to help you which made the process much easier.
    If you have relevant buying work experience, done your research, know your CV and have a positive attitude - the interview will work in your favour!

    I hope this helps someone- as when i was going through the whole process i found there wasn't very much insider knowledge!

    Interview Questions

    • Video interview:
      Why have you considered a career in buying?
      What is your understanding of the BAA role? (please discuss in detail including what you will be doing on a typical day and who your key contacts will be)
      Referring to as many sources as you wish where do you look for your fashion inspiration?
      From these three sources what 3 key pieces would you choose to invest in for next season? Please consider latest trends, colours, shapes and textures etc
      The salary for this role is £19,000 does this meet your expectations?
      When are you available to start a new role?

      Arcadia first interview:
      What would a BAA typically do on a day to day basis?
      What factors would you need to consider regarding sourcing?
      Why arcadia?
      What about buying interests you?

      Topshop Final Interview:
      Talk through your cv with relevant buying experience
      Why do you want to be a buyer
      Why do you want to work for Topshop
      Where do you get your inspiration from
      Who would you consider Topshop’s main competitors?
      Who are your favourite designers and why?
      What would a BAA typically do on a day to day basis?
      What is the best trend that you have seen Topshop do & why?
      What are the current issues facing the retail industry?
      Tell me about a time when you worked on a project?
      What kind of team player are you?  
      Answer Question

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England (UK)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Online video interview, I applied for the second time since I panicked the first time and closed my laptop in the middle of the interview. I am a very confident person and never had any problem with interviews in the past. The problem with Arcadia is that you do not have a real person in front of you, and have a limited time to record your answer which makes the whole process extremely stressful. I unfortunately panicked again the second time and feel very frustrated now. I would have loved to work for Arcadia but this process did not allow me to showcase my skills and personality. If you feel at ease in front of a camera then go for it, otherwise I do not recommend applying at all.

    Interview Questions


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