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Banana Republic Interview Questions

Updated 3 Nov 2014
Updated 3 Nov 2014
342 Interview Reviews

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact is generally done by a lower ranking manager or supervisor with little to no training in HR. Initial interviews can range from one-on-ones to group interviews. A second interview is usually conducted with the lead hiring manager or general manager. The interviews are often feel sloppily scripted, there is a book that the interviewers read from and take questions from, often interjecting their own. The important thing to keep in mind HR functions are such a minimal part of all of these peoples jobs do not expect the most professional and polished interview. Be prepared to have a few success stories to tell because often talking about functional capabilities illudes these people.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked why would i leave this company after being hired   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach Lakes, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach Lakes, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    group interviews , easy quick hiring process because it was a new store opening..they give no HOURS!!!! when its not in the season..easy questions, gave everyone an oppurtunity to answer if the wanted to..

    Interview Questions
    • easy questions, gave everyone an oppurtunity to answer if the wanted to.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    asked if 8.50 was ok....but after working for 6 months the company changed all there workers to 9.00
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I called the store I wanted to work at and they said they were hiring so I applied online. After that about three days later I got a call back and they scheduled an interview. They had a 1:1 interview and also asked me to make two outfits: date night and work outfit.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Called me and asked if $9.25 was okay.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. Almost 2 weeks later, I was invited to a group interview. Everyone was asked very general behavioral and background questions, including availability, what style means to you, and why Banana Republic. Then, a one on one interview followed 2 days later. Very simliar questions, only with a different store manager this time. Offer and acceptance over next two days (~ 3 week process). Extremely friendly interviewers and comfortable, outside interview environment.

    Interview Questions
    • What piece of clothing most represents you and your style? Why? How would you sell that piece of clothing?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Non-negotiable salary. I did politely ask once offered the job.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    I walked in my very first time into a Banana Republic and was greeted by one of the managers. I asked if they were hiring and she gave me a piece of paper on how to apply. I got an email like a day or two later asking if i was would like to come by on Monday for an interview. Once Monday rolled around and I was waiting for the interview to start we were told to look around the store (We had to wait for everyone to get there.) We then went down stairs and sat at a table. There was 3 others plus myself in the group interview. The manager didn't bring any paperwork to write down and the interview was very informal and more like a group conversation. I was not expecting that at all and it was very laid back and it didn't make me nervous. I then got a call a day or two later with a job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you keep up with the latest fashion and trends?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Store Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Banana Republic.

    Interview Details

    Easy group interview with manager Julie Arellano, very friendly lady. There were 4 others . Asked easy questions about experience. And we were asked to put together an outfit. It was fun.

    Interview Questions
    • Be willing to give the answers they want to hear. Do not seem uninterested   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Banana Republic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very friendly and relaxed interview. Group interview with two other candidates. Manager discussed the company values and the store itself. Was asked to talk about myself and asked "Why Banana Republoc?"

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation for salary which is kind of upsetting considering the offer is pretty low. Beggars can't be choosers though.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Received a call and asked me questions about my application. Asked about my hours and explained what i wanted and when i was available. Then asked if I could come in for an interview. The interview was ok but person was rude.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    pay too low and received a better offer elsewhere

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Sales Associate Part Time, Seasonal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vero Beach, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vero Beach, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on a Thursday morning and later that day I got a call that afternoon from the manager to set up an interview. The following Tuesday I came to the store to meet with the manager. The interview itself was very quick. She let me know about the company and the kind of people she was looking for. We talked about availability and who I'd be working with.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were difficult but the one that stood out was: What does Joy mean to you?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. I wanted a certain rate but because it was seasonal that wasn't possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Banana Republic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my application online and received a call to set up an interview about 5 days later. The manager was really professional when he called. He thanked me for my application and asked me to come in two days later for an interview. He let me know just to come dressed in business casual and to come prepared for a group or solo interview, depending on how many other applicants were available at the time. At the time of the interview the manager sat down with me and the 2 other applicants in the break room and led us in a very conversational group interview, but made clear the goals of the store and the type of approach they appreciated from their team - professional, creative, helpful, accountable, goal-oriented, and teachable. He called 2 days later to congratulate me and offer me the job. The manager was very professional from start to finish. I look forward to working with him.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were clear and expected. He asked why we'd applied to Banana Republic, what example of good customer service we share from experience and how we'd handled a difficult situation in the past, if we considered ourselves goal-oriented and how we strove to reach a goal in the past, what the role of accountability was like in the work environment, and then he gave us each a fake client profile to go put together an outfit for.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    He offered one hourly rate and because it was lower than I requested or expected, I asked if I could think about it and speak with my husband. He said they'd really love to have me and offered slightly higher, which he explained was the cap for seasonal employees in the region. I called him back a few hours later to accept. I'd recommend being honest about what will and won't work for you.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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