I worked at Barneys full-time (More than a year)
Great working environment. Learned so much!
Difficult to advance. No room too grow.
I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Barneys (Seattle, WA) in January 2017.
I applied online through their website and decided to go in store and drop off my resume, met one of the assistant managers then. This was right before Christmas so I didn't get a call to come in for an interview until the first week of January.
First interview with another assistant manager (of women's rtw, the department I applied for). Question topics include tell me about yourself and then many scenario questions in regards to dealing with clients, building client relationships, working with strong personality coworkers. I was introduced to employees, walked out, and told I can expect a call next week to meet the general manager.
Interviewed with general manager, similar questions-- more room for question asking this time and outlined benefits I would receive and asked about what wage I wanted. I asked what is the average wage an entry level can expect?
Got a call the Monday after receiving the good news!
Previous to this, I had minimal sales experience and no luxury sales experience but I have always been invested and am knowledgeable in fashion. I also have had much experience in working with people (building relationships with patients in healthcare facilities as I was previously a dietetics grad student). I prepared for potential interview questions the night before by looking through Glassdoor and Indeed. Knowing how to dress obviously helps here.
I asked what wage I can expect in my position on average when the general manager asked about my wage. She answered around $16/hr + 3% commission. She asked if that was ok and I said yes. I ended up receiving $16.50/hr. I did not negotiate but if you have experience in sales, I would encourage you to do so.
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