Arcadia Group Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Merchandising Administration Assistant

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: January 2015 | Job offer? No |

    Was this helpful? Yes 7

    Sectors: Buying & Merchandising

    Difficulty rating 20.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I was asked about my previous experience & my course, how they were relevant to the job I was applying too, and also what I knew about the job I was applying for, what was I expecting. In addition to being asked 3 questions: to give an example of working as part of a team? An example of where you have had to make a difficult decision & how you made you decision, if you think you made the right decision? A Challenge you have faced, how you dealt with it. There was a short maths test, not too hard & also a task where you had to do a merchandising exercise looking at the data & allocating stock to 3 different stores using the information provided. you were also required to prepare a Swot analysis of the arcadia group, specifically looking at the merchandising side of things, you then have to present your Swot analysis to your assessor. This is just the first stage assessment if you pass this you move into the 'talent pool' where you will need further interviews. I had 3 more.

    Most difficult question

    The three questions where you had to give specific examples of your experience, you were told to prepare for these but you aren't told exactly what will be asked, so I found this quite hard to prepare for, just be honest show a certain level of critical thinking, & try and give an example of something a bit unusual that the assessor with remember to help you stand out in your answers, you get feed back & apparently I gave really good stand out answers.

    Interview tips

    This was a very long process, time consuming process, with about 9 stages the final 3 of which you will need to prepare presentations for, in total it took over about 3 months. I missed out in the end but only at the final stage which was bitterly disappointing. I think you need to be over the top yourself to impress enough & make enough of an impression to get the job, it is highly competitive & there are a lot of hoops to jump through, I would have loved this job & after 9 stages being so close was absolutely gutted. I would probably still consider reapplying however.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    First you have to do your presentation, which should last 10 minutes. It needs to focus on merchandising. This was just one on one with your assessor so wasn't as scary as I thought. I was then given a 10 minute math test on my own, this wasn't too difficult a calculator is provided. Then a 20 minute merchandising allocation task where using the information provided you had to allocate 6 different garments to 3 stores, you where given some information about sales figures, weather etc. You receive no feedback on the day.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

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    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
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  • Buyers Administration Assistant

    5.0/5 | Interview date: June 2013 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Arts & Design

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The initial video interview was a link which I had to record my own recorded response to a series of questions that the Arcadia Recruitment Team sent me beforehand. I had a week to record and perfect my answers to the questions and the video was to last no longer than five minutes. The first set of questions were about why I wanted the job, my art and design background and why I would make a good candidate for the role. Next I was asked about where I find my fashion inspiration from and how I would model to key looks/trends for the summer 2013. Finally I was asked about what I understood the role of a BAA to involve such as daily tasks, e.g meetings and who I would be liaising with.

    Most difficult question

    The most difficult question I was asked was to provide an example of a difficult decision I have had to make and how I dealt with it.

    Interview tips

    I would advise to really research the companies current business plans such as expansions or expiring leases so that you can show you have current and up to date knowledge of what is going o with the company.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    At the assessment center I was in a group of three and we started off by carrying out a group exercise. It was a scenario task where we had to imagine we had crashed on an island and as a team we were only allowed to choose five items from the wreckage of our aircraft to help us to survive. This task was all about listening, communicating and compromising and being able to put forward a good argument as to which items should be chosen. Next I was in a one on one interview and was asked scenario based questions as to how I would cope in different situations as a buyer, e.g time delays, difficult situations. I was also asked to give examples of times when I have displayed qualities such as leadership skills and communication skills. After this section of the interview I presented two trend boards to another assessor and explained how I though they were relevant to the Arcadia brand and described the different styles and elements of the trends. Finally I took a short maths test of seven questions.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
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