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Forever 21 Visual Merchandising Manager Interview Questions

Interviews at Forever 21

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Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Forever 21 in December 2013.

Interview

First interview was with the Field Merchandising Manager and after some of the typical interview questions, she have me 20 min to run around the store and pick 2 looks for the Olsen twins for a holiday party. It went well and she said she would contact me in a week to schedule an interview with the District Manager. She did contact me in a week, but the interview was with a Store Manager and Visual Manager of the store I would take over. It was a little uncomfortable with 2 sets of eyes looking at you and questioning you, but the questions were about the same as the first interview. This time, they gave me 20 min to pull 5 looks, not taking into consideration how huge the store was and me not knowing where all their merchandise is, but I managed to do it. They disagreed with what my "celebrity male" would dress like and even though I wanted to argue back how they were wrong, I didn't say anything. After about 2 wks, I emailed the Field Merchandiser just to touch base with the interviews and let them know I was still interested if they haven't found someone to fill the position yet. Got a call the next day and was offered the job, however, I was going to start off as a regular merchandiser first and only "IF" a Visual Manager position became available at a store would I "MAYBE" get it. Well...that wasn't the position I applied for!

Interview Questions

  • None of the questions were difficult. Typical interview questions.   Answer Question

Reasons for Declining

They offered me a position I did not apply for.

Other Interview Reviews for Forever 21

  1. Helpful (3)  

    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ontario, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Ontario, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Asked me normal interview questions like "why would you want to work here?"
    Then asked me questions related to visual "which celebrity do you think will be the face of the company next season?". We then walked around the store and I was supposed to identify the type of person that would shop in each of the different sections. I was then to put together 5 outfits for these different girls.

    Interview Questions


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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Forever 21 (New York, NY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Interview was very quick, simple questions about previous work experience. The most annoying part was the background check. They took forever to contact me and then never contacted me again after an offer was made. I spoke to a manager and tried to talk to her about starting schedule and she was always too busy for me. Just very unorganized.

    Interview Questions

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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Forever 21 in October 2015.

    Interview

    This was an internal move. However, I did interview with the District Visual Manager ( phone) and then with the Store Manager ( in person). I did not come in contact with the Regional Manager until after I was hired.

    Interview Questions

    • This was more of a Leadership interview than Visual. They honestly just want to know if you are capable of leading a team of young merchandisers, execute launches, promotions, markdowns, and plan and execute seasonal floor sets.   1 Answer

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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Allentown, PA).

    Interview

    Got promoted from within, Phone interview with the district visual and district manager, during interview they explained the expectations and requirements, just be confident and you will get it

    Interview Questions


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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Providence, RI
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Providence, RI) in March 2018.

    Interview

    The initial interview was rushed to fit a specific schedule on the same day of the first contact made by the district visual manager. The district visual manager didn’t ask any questions - he just explained the basics of the job and talked about the disorder of the store in which the position was available. He explained that younger generation workers do not have good work ethic and that he only asks for 50% effort from these employees because “at least it’s something.” I interviewed in person with the area sales manager on the same day - she also talked in length about the disorder of the store and the inabilities of the current management team. At the conclusion of the first two interviews, I was set up to have a phone interview with the district sales manager and it was scheduled for a few days later. On the day of the interview, the district sales manager was two hours late to our scheduled call. She explained only her perceived difficulties and negative aspects of the job, never explaining her perceived enjoyable aspects of the job. At the conclusion of the interview, she explained that she would require an unpaid “try out” for the position by merchandising and organizing a section of the store to demonstrate my merchandising abilities.

    Reduction:
    The interview process appeared disorganized and unplanned. The conduct of the interviewers appeared unprofessional.

    Interview Questions


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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Forever 21 in July 2017.

    Interview

    You want to show your fashion forward self. Know current trends. Be prepared to showcase your style as a demo may be required. Do not be afraid to make specific call-outs and/or make suggestions.

    Interview Questions


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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Denver, CO) in October 2013.

    Interview

    The interview was about my leadership and how I can contribute do an already successful team. It was how I thought on my feet and if I could be reactive in different situations. They challenged my fashion knowledge as well.

    Interview Questions

    • What can I bring that will make me stand out? How can you help keep your team on track with time frames? Where do you find fashion? What does leadership mean to you?   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Cleveland, OH).

    Interview

    Very quick. Only took a week. Had two interviews and store manager and visual manager. Then had another interview with two DM's. Very easy going and relaxing. The process only took anout a week and I got a call back like literally the next day. It was pretty cool. The interview seemed too casual and outdated to me. Very unprofessional and not really talking about the job itself.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your aspersions in life & how can you apply them to your job!   1 Answer

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    Visual Merchandising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Forever 21 (Las Vegas, NV) in October 2016.

    Interview

    1. Very passionate management team
    2. Intriguing questions - a mix with fashion questions and merchandising questions
    3. Ask lots of questions back - seemed to like that
    4. Conversational style interview
    5. Went on a walk and looked at floor sets and discussed what is a high sell and low sale and how it was merchandised

    Interview Questions

    • What is your management style?
      What is your fashion style ?   Answer Question

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