Decathlon - Department Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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Difficulty rating 6 / 10

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  • Department Manager

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: December 2017 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Retail

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The lovely staff members were very welcoming.

    The interview was made interesting by other exercises that not all recruiters do, it
    wasn't too formal as people are dressed in sports clothes which made the atmosphere more appealing to me.

    I was able to learn about the company and it was interesting to see their core values, what they can offer and what I can possibly be a part of.

    Most difficult question

    Being asked to compare yourself to a cartoon was quite tricky.

    Interview tips

    maybe make sure more people attend the assessment day.

    Some staff members were more involved than others, so it would of been nice to have spoken to them individually as well. Other than that, I don't have any other advice - the morning was a pleasant interview!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    It was made fun with different activities which appealed to me and the
    group exercises were fun and interactive.

    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? 4/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 3/5
    • 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? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Department Manager

    5.0/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Management

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The first part of the interview was over the phone, it was a getting to know you and go through my CV and what position was I was in. As I was successful in the first part, the second half was meant to be at a group interview but due to not been able to attend they were able to get me in the day after to have a one to one interview with the store manager. I got an email a day later asking me to come back to talk to other department managers which were interviewing me to see if I would fit the role right and that I have managerial traits, energy and team work ethics.

    Most difficult question

    Where do you want to be in 5 years time and what results would you do to get there?

    Interview tips

    The only practical advice is to have a little structure when it comes to the third interview with the two department managers, even though I did like how to relax it was, it was just a little nerving when I knew there wouldn't be a structure

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    the assesment on how i would fit in to decathlon was great and a good experience

    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
  • Department Manager

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: July 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Retail

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Interviewed with the manager of the store I was applying to work in. The conversation has always been pretty casual, and the manager has tried to make me feel comfortable from the start. It lasted around 1 hour, and I have been asked various questions regarding my cv, previous work experience, difficult situations I found myself in (job wise) and how I delt with them, and other more generic questions about my skills for that job, hobbies, ecc..

    Most difficult question

    Describe me the job position you're applying for as if you were interviewing yourself/What skills do you think you should need to do this job.

    Interview tips

    Stay calm and always answer the questions, even though you're not sure of what is the best answer. The interviewer will always try to throw you a bit off to see if you're capable of dealing with stressful situations, so just relax and speak your mind.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Didn't have to go to an assessment centre.

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

    5.0/5 | Interview date: July 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Retail

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    First I went to the recruiting day where I interacted with other candidates and I also had an one on one interview. The entire day was really interesting, informative and practical. It was an enjoyable environment.

    I also had the unique opportunity to experience one day in the store where I could meet more people and especially, I had a clear understanding of the job and its responsibilities. This was the best part for me. Few companies offer this "real" experience as part of the recruiting process.

    Most difficult question

    The difficult part is to evaluate if your own characteristics match with company's culture. Whenever you realize Decathlon is the right company to you, everything will be enjoyable and you will not face major difficulties.

    Interview tips

    Just be yourself. The company has a friendly and open culture which facilitates your performance during the recruiting process.
    It is important to search about the company and check if your personality match with Decathlons' culture. Furthermore, the most important thing is to be passionate about sports. This is what leads the company and its employees.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    It was a normal space. Nothing special that would make the candidates more stressed or tense. We spent most of the day in one of the rooms and we also spent some time inside the real store.

    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
  • Department Manager

    4.8571/5 | Interview date: May 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Retail

    Difficulty rating 80.0 / 100

    Interview process

    I first had a 5-10 minute phone interview at the end of which I was invited to a recruitment day. The recruitment day began on time with a presentation on the company, it's values and the role I had applied for. The interview panel was made up of two store managers and a department manager (the role we were applying for) from one of the recruiting stores. We were then split into groups of three and asked to go onto the shopfloor and select a product. We then had to prepare a presentation on why we had selected the product and demonstrate it/ perform a sales pitch. If nothing else I improved my tent building skills.
    After this we rejoined as a big group for a task. We were a town council and had to unanimously decide how to spend a grant, we each had been given an idea to put forward. After this we were left alone while the panel decided who would be staying for individual interviews in the afternoon and who had been unsuccessful. The two of us who stayed for the afternoon were taken for lunch with the panel before our interviews. The interview lasted around an hour, with a very broad range of questions. Later that day I was informed by phone that my application had been successful.

    Most difficult question

    I cant remember many of the questions but there were lots that required me to reflect on past situations

    Interview tips

    Research the company before the interview as you will likely be asked about it. Be confident and energetic but most importantly listen to what is said to you, and think about what the interviewers want/are looking for.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment centre was one of their stores, part of the day was spent on the shopfloor and part in an office section upstairs. Everything was arranged and set up before we arrived.

    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? 4/5
    • 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
  • Department Manager

    5.0/5 | Interview date: May 2017 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Management

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The interview was focused on discovering if I was a good fit for the company, and whether my values matched Decathlon's values, rather than my prior experience and skill set. Both managers were very friendly yet professional and created a comfortable environment for me to be able to present myself.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a time when you have tried and failed at something. Explain what you have learnt from the process.

    Interview tips

    Research and explore what the company looks for in their staff members before you apply or attend the interview, as they prefer to recruit the right types of people rather than those with the most experience.
    Be prepared to back up claims about yourself with examples.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Group activities and presentation

    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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