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Updated Apr 04, 2014
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Ikea Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Woodbridge, VA (US)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IKEA.

Interview Details Once i have finish my application a week later i received a phone call from they and that was my first interview. they said i passed on my application to the store i applied to. 3 days later i got the call to schedule my in-store interview. and once finished i had did a back ground check and once that went through i go another call for the second interview and got offered the job

Interview Question – when was a time you have offered to me a leader to a group   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – My Start date and my work schedule

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Ikea Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Tampa, FL (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IKEA in February 2011.

Interview Details I was joining an IKEA that was currently being built up. So it was a little different from the average new hire.I applies online, and after a while I had gotten a call for a group interview. I was called to a temp office, and I knew little about the company beyond it sold furniture, the temp office gave little Idea what to expect. Once everyone arrived they called us into a room and divided us into groups of four, with a manager taking notes of one particular group. They told us about the company and all it offered etc. Showed us clips of what to expect on opening, there was anticipation for a large group excited for the new store. Then we were asked to stand up and say a little about ourselves. They then gave us a group exercise asking a question with no really right answer, my guess is to determine how we talked out answers with the others, not really concerned for the answers. Then we were asked to move around tables to another group of 4 and asked to do another activity, this time build a paper tower. Again to see how you worked with the others. After that we got called out in groups and divided into one on one interviews with the managers taking notes. After a month or two I finally received a called back asking me to come in for a orientation and they would like me to work for them.

Interview Question – The one on one interview was pretty standard stuff. The biggest surprise was how the group interview went, with the question and tower building, was fun.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – As I was just looking for a part time job with little experience prior, I did little negotiations and joined.

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Home Furnishing Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IKEA in March 2014.

Interview Details I applied for this position online, and the whole process took about roughly two weeks. The most relevant questions are:

"Why do you want to work for Ikea"?

Interview Question – The last question was probably the most difficult, because we from time to time, we forget the things that we have done. But the most important thing to remember is to think clearly about what you are going to say.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate

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Interview Details really wanted to be impressed by your knowledge of the company and there values.

Interview Question – how does working at ikea change your life   View Answer

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Account Manager Interview

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Interviewed at IKEA

Interview Details hiring process was great. they had group interviews. hiring process was great. they had group interviews. hiring process was great. they had group interviews. hiring process was great. they had group interviews. hiring process was great. they had group interviews.

Interview Question – hiring process was great. they had group interviews.   Answer Question

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Interior Designer Interview

Interior Designer
Miami, FL (US)

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at IKEA.

Interview Details HR called me 10 days after submitting my application. I didn't receive an email or anything regarding they were going to call me for phone interview so was rather surprised to have an interview out of the blue. It was maybe 15 minutes. Very nice lady said someone would call within two weeks if they wanted to schedule an in person interview

Interview Question – What is your favorite room in your house and why? Where do you get your inspiration from? How would you define success?   Answer Question

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Front End Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through other source - interviewed at IKEA in March 2014.

Interview Details I was invited to a group interview. There were about 100 applicants and there were approx. 8 applicants per table. We paired up with someone at our table and asked them 1. Their name, 2. what they do for a living, 3. what they like most about their job, and 4. what they like least about their job. There were a bunch of Ikea employees going from table to table listing in on what was being said. I'm not sure if these were the hiring managers or not. When we were done with that, each person introduced their partner to everyone else at the table.
After that, we had a group activity in which we had to create a product using the supplies on the table. Each table had different toys, legos, pieces of paper etc. to use to create some product as a group. After about 10 mins., each group gave a 2 minute presentation to the room. We had to show the product, explain what it did, cost, and other information. That's when a bunch of the employees left the room, probably to compare notes on the applicants, because after the presentations they came back and called small groups out of the room, a few at a time. The person who talked to us said someone would be contacting us about a hiring decision in a week or so. I'm not sure if we were cut, and the people left in the room were told congratulations. I left feeling deflated in any case. Four days later I received a call from another department for another phone interview. After two more days I was invited to a one on one interview, which is pending.

Update: At the one on one interview I spoke with two team leaders and then the hiring manager. The hiring manager offered me a position, pending background check and drug testing. The next time I go into the office, I will be given information about the hours, pay, benefits etc. My expected start date is in one month.

Interview Question – The only difficulty is not having a sense of where you stand in the hiring process when you leave the group interview.

These were not difficult questions, but interviewers asked the following questions:
1. Name a time when it is best to work alone, and when it is best to work as a team.
2. Describe a time when you worked with someone who different from you culturally, ethically, or who had different values than you.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
4. And of course the classic - Why should we hire you?
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Negotiation Details – Negotiating phase pending drug testing and background check.

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Goods Flow Coworker II Interview

Anonymous Employee
Paramus, NJ (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IKEA in November 2010.

Interview Details once you've applied and HRSC (Human Resource Service Center) looks over your resume and thinks you're a fit for the position, they will set up a phone interview with you to discuss a few things with you and ask you a few questions. Once that is done, and they approve, the manager from the department you're applying to will give you a call and schedule a live interview with you in the store. Its a casual environment, so don't go over-dressed. A nice button down shirt and dress pants is fine; no five piece suit necessary. The interview isn't nerve wrecking. its relaxed and general. as long as you've done retail before and know a little bit about the position you've applied for then it's likely that you will get the job. Then right away they will give you a drug and alcohol screening (mouth swab) Once that interview is over you may come back for a second interview and that's when you will know whether you got the job or not (pending your swab test results). From there you will schedule to come back and do BTF(Before The Floor) training. It's just an overview of what you'll be doing and a full tour of the store. Its a bi long( 8 hours if remember exactly), but you do get paid for the day. From there you will get your uniform(s) and your work schedule. And so your IKEA career begins!

Interview Questions

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?   View Answer
  • You may be asked a few technical questions pertaining to the position.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – They ask you whats a desired salary range, and they try to meet your needs.

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Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at IKEA in January 2011.

Interview Details Standard interview process with job related questions with manager and HR.

Negotiation Details – Standard process.

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Team Leader Interview

Team Leader
San Diego, CA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at IKEA in March 2011.

Interview Details Positive perception of people, office, and work environment. Two interviews needed.

Interview Question – How do you plan to drive sales in (x) department?   Answer Question

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