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Williams-Sonoma General Manager Interview Questions

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General Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma (Los Angeles, CA).

Interview

Went to the company website and submitted my resume. Received a call from the recruiter for a phone interview. Then had an interview the the District Manager. Then had an interview on the phone with a VP and the EVP

Interview Questions

  • Describe a time you received great service   1 Answer

Negotiation

Negotiated salary and start date

Other Interview Reviews for Williams-Sonoma

  1. Helpful (9)  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    The DM immediately suggested I should come in at a lower title because I shouldn't care about a title, despite years of experience and working at multi unit level. The questions were interrogative and almost rude, and trying to get the attention of someone once you have filled out an application is like pulling teeth. They also won't look at any previous job history when considering you for a position, so if you hopped around, that's a problem.


  2. Helpful (4)  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in February 2016.

    Interview

    Phone interviews with DM, RD, and EVP of stores. Process took two months. My email and phone messages were never answered after my final interview. While frustrating, the whole process helped me realize I did not want to work for a company that had managers that couldn't be bothered to follow up with a potential employee candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • Know what metrics drive your business- each interviewer asked which metric I felt was the most important in driving sales.   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (2)  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma (Chicago, IL) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted via phone by the District Manager, and went in for an interview. I was asked to come back for a 2nd interview, which was with the same DM and the Regional VP. Both interviews went well, and felt more like a conversation than an interview.
    The reason I am giving a "thumbs-down" for the interview process is because I was told I would get a call within a few days after the 2nd interview, and never received one. I called to try to get an update about a week and a half after the interview, left a voicemail, and still didn't receive a call back. This is incredibly frustrating. I would much rather receive the call saying that they went with another candidate, than hear nothing and keep wondering.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you look for when you are recruiting and interviewing candidates for your current job?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (1)  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sea Girt, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma (Sea Girt, NJ) in February 2011.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by a District Manager and a Store Manager for the first interview. The Store Manager asked me at my interview if I was just taking the job to pay for my wedding since I had an engagement ring on my hand. I was really humiliated and thought I wouldn't get the job. I needed a job to support myself and continue paying back all my college loans not a job just to pay for a wedding. After that interview I interviewed with another store manager within the company and then a phone interview with the regional manager. I got the job, but the interview process was negative due to innappropriate questions asked.

    Negotiation

    Not able to negotiate


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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma (Sydney (Australia)) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Initially contacted by an external recruiter assisting Williams-Sonoma. I first had a telephone interview followed by some email questions. Then 2 spaced out interview with senior management. My interview process was very relaxed and open

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Relatively simple, but through a 3rd party so slower than ideal


  6. Helpful (5)  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    predictable

    Reasons for Declining

    When I interviewed associates, they made it clear it was not a company that I wanted to work for because they do not value employees or their contributions.


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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Williams-Sonoma in October 2008.

    Interview

    was referrred by someone. interviewed by dm then rvp. i think they decided quickly to hire me based upon who recommended me. be very prepared with how you drive the numbers, make the company money. was told that they liked that i had left retail for a little while to do other things. Rvp i interviewed with is no longer with the company (this is recent).

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    yes, but now has hurt me because of cutbacks based on pay rates

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