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Neiman Marcus Assistant Buyer Interview Questions in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

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Assistant Buyer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX).

Interview

On campus recruiting and always lots of candidates. There is a 2 day assessment at HQ with interviews in both an individual and a group setting. A retail math test is required.

Interview Questions

  • Group project to test thought process.   1 Answer

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Went through the interview process for the executive development program. Since the recruitment process was not through a college, my first interview was a phone interview. Was asked behavioral questions and about resume. After that was invited to a two day interview at their headquarters in Dallas. The first day included a tour of Dallas and a dinner with executives. The second day included two individual interviews, a group project, and a lunch with other assistant buyers. All interviews focused on behavioral questions

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in the fashion industry?
      What kind of work environment do you like?   Answer Question

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    The interview consisted of two phone interviews and then a two day long interview process in Dallas. The program is run three times a year, June, September and December, so you may apply early and have to wait before you're contacted

    Applying to the program they have you complete a small, online test about retail math. It basically asks you to calculate sell-through percentages, how many units are on hand, discounting etc. It is timed and I've heard some people find ti difficult but I thought it was really easy and I do not come from a fashion or retail educational background. Basic math is all that is needed.

    If you get a passing score on the test your application gets reviewed and you may be contacted for an interview. The phone interviews were pretty standard - Why do you want this job, tell me about your background etc. Nothing challenging.

    The two day interview process consisted of a bus "tour" of Dallas that really just shows you the outside of their fulfillment center and then dinner at which you meet some higher ups at NM like buyers. The second day brings one group project focusing on how you'd design or set up a department to maximize revenue and two interviews. In between there is a lunch with current assistant buyers that you can talk to and learn more about the role.

    Overall a pretty easy applying experience.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Since it's a pretty competitive environment and there are a lot of applicants the negotiation was almost nonexistent. They tell you the salary and benefits and ask if you'll take them. I was able to get a little increase in salary due to my previous experience.

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    This position requires you interview and be accepted into the company's executive training program. This initially starts by applying online or by college recruitment. The process generally take 2-3 interviews, a retail math test, group project presentation and recommendations.

    Interview Questions

    • questions on critical thinking and problem solving are asked to asses how you can handle multiple tasks and work load stress   3 Answers

    Negotiation

    Generally it's a base salary unless your coming in with buying or planning experience. So little to no negotiations.

    This is a highly competitive program to get into and the more fashion/retail experience and qualifications the better. Over 200 people apply weekly and there are only 3 classes a year with on average 20-35 trainees accepted in each class.


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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in March 2013.

    Interview

    They give you a ridiculous retail mathematics examination which not enough time is given for.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions became more complex as they wanted you to compare percentages (which you must calculate) comparing different stocks and item numbers within a certain month or year all within one question! on average, the questions take approx 2-3 minutes to thoroughly calculate yet they expect you to provide the right answer in 30 SECONDS! insane!   1 Answer

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Online math test, 2 interviews. You must pass the online math test before being considered for an interview. Then, one interview in college campus. Then another 2 day interview in Dallas. Dallas interview comprised of a dinner, one on one interviews and group interview

    Interview Questions


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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in April 2012.

    Interview

    intense, but worth it. They send everyone down to Dallas, Texas and put you in a hotel, in order to interview for the EDP program. You also have an onsite drug test. And meet with many people. Overall the process was intense but I appreciated that they wanted the best of the best for the program, as they take the EDP program seriously. It is a prestigious program where you spend a lot of time learning the NM systems, basics of retail math, and assistant buying and merchandise planning 101. You meet with over 3-5 people, and also have a team dinner to make sure you have good social skills.

    Interview Questions

    • typical questions, what are your strengths/weaknesses?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Yes, 2k


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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in November 2011.

    Interview

    They recruited for the Executive Development Program (EDP) on campus and that was the first part of the process. There is a standard online application with a math skills assessment test at the conclusion which you must pass to continue. The first interviews were conducted locally on campus with the college recruiter, with basic interview and assessment questions. Second round interviews are at the headquarters in Dallas over two days with about 30 other applicants. Day one is more of a meet and greet afternoon/tour of the company. Day two consists of 2-3 formal interviews and a group project/assessment.

    Interview Questions

    • What concerns do you have in working with store managers?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation; if you don't take it, the next person will.

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in April 2011.

    Interview

    It's definitely a challenging process but it's designed to be that way to recruit the best candidates for the Executive Development Program. During and after the 12 week program, you get placed in Assistant Buyer positions throughout various areas of the company.

    Interview Questions

    • I can only speak for the interviews that I had but I carried the weight of the interviews. They really wanted you to talk about your experience or knowledge, then they would chime in with questions.   Answer Question

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    Assistant Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Neiman Marcus (Dallas, TX) in November 2010.

    Interview

    I first had a phone interview with the HR Manager and then flew to Dallas to interview with several buyers.

    Once in Dallas the interviews probably took about 1/2 a day.

    Interview Questions

    • What types of qualities do you think a buyer needs to have?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate. I received an offer, requested more and received a counteroffer that I accepted.


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