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The Gap Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Senior Software Development Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and interviewed at The Gap.

Interview Details Very structured and systematic and interview time accomidating

Interview Question – Advance Queuing process   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Brea, CA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Gap in June 2013.

Interview Details The interview was a group interview and the manager was laid back, which made the other laid back and unfortunately most of them became unprofessional. I recommend you still stay professional, don't ever interrupt the manager and answer the questions honestly.

Interview Question – I think it was "Tell me why I should hire you"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There wasn't a negotiation phase, I took the offer as it was

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Washington, PA (US)

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at The Gap in April 2012.

Interview Details This was the first job I ever had and was the time when online applications was starting to boom. I went to the store and spoke to a manager who referred me to the site with a code also. I made an account and filed out the application. After a few days no one called so I called them and scheduled an interview. The woman who interviewed me was really nice and we went to a coffee shop across from the store to have the interview. It was kind of awkward but included your typical "Tell me about yourself and your hobbies," questions. So after that awfulness she told me I was a sure hire but she still had to background check me. (No drug test required at the time.) Of course no one called for two days so I called them and the woman who interviewed me went of town. But when she came back we talked and badda boom badda bang I had a job.

Interview Question – Every interview includes "Tell me about yourself." Which for me is essentially the most difficult question because I don't like to talk about myself (at least not out loud). But all they really want is to know that you are well established and can communicate. The best thing to do for this question is to think of what you're going to say beforehand. Think of something prominent in your life (i.e. your mom, siblings, drama class, football team, cheerleading) and make up a little script about it and how that's important then throw in other little details about things you do or things that make you (i.e. you're a master braider, best Barbie dress maker, spelling bee champ) and wah - lah you started a long conversation and probably passed the interview at this point.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at The Gap in March 2014.

Interview Details Group interview (about 10 people). Everyone took turns to answer the question. The interview was about an hour long. All questions were situation-based and personal experience-based.

Interview Question – You had to try to sell what you were wearing to the interview. Yes, that means getting up and presenting your outfit!   Answer Question

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Merchandise Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Gap in March 2010.

Interview Details Hiring & Interview process was purely a job. Interviews wanted to ensure that you fit on the team: motivated, excited to learn, team player, and love product! Do your homework and read about the company and ensure that it aligns with who you are and what you want out of your career.

Interview Question – Very funny: Who is your style Icon? Who do you think has great style!   Answer Question

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Inventory Planner Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at The Gap in March 2014.

Interview Details The interview is a QA format. The questions are standard; what is your biggest strength and weakness, describe a strategy that you implemented that was successful and what metrics do you use to forecast and manage OTB. The format is a cold and doesn't lend itself to understanding the future team you will be working with. Suggestion is to ask an open-ended question that fosters a conversation in order to get to know your future team.

Interview Question – Describe a financial strategy you presented that was not successful?   Answer Question

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No Offer

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Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at The Gap

Interview Details Group interview

Interview Question – Name a time where you had difficulties with your coworkers and how you handled the situation   Answer Question

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Dawson, GA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Gap in May 2011.

Interview Details Very upbeat, enthusiastic, really friendly and want to get to know you.
The initial interview is a little awkward because its a group interview so it feels much like a cattle call,
the second interview was still group but only 2-3 people and after that i received a phone call with a job offer. I do know that the way they tell you they aren't interested is kind of off putting because its just a postcard in the mail.

Interview Question – How would you handle a situation of lying or stealing involving a fellow co-worker or management team memeber?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There really wasn't much of one; because i was a broke college student happy to jsut have a stable paycheck; as low as it was.

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Brand Experience Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at The Gap.

Interview Details Standard, no surprises. Google "core competencies." Rinse, repeat.

Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Gap.

Interview Details They called me around a week after I submitted my application asking for a phone interview. It was basic questions but also questions about what style magazines do you read? What is your favorite trend during different seasons, etc.

Interview Question – They asked if you would be able to sell a Gap Card and seeing as I didn't really know what that entailed it was difficult to answer but all the questions were pretty basic.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They start you off around 8.00 but I was able to negotiate higher. Pretty chill and were willing to work with you.

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