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Arcadia Interview Questions

Updated 2 Feb 2018
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    RN Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Arcadia (Akron, OH (US)) in January 2012.

    Interview

    I applied online; had worked there previously. Got the job.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Easy.


  2.  

    Acquisitions Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charleston, SC (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Arcadia (Charleston, SC (US)) in May 2011.

    Interview

    had about a half an hour phone interview which went very well- a lot of questions about sales situations and how I would handle them- also about comfort level with cold calling. Then there was a panel interview 6 interviewees and 6 interviewers- typical questions about sales- and inquiries into candidate understanding of publishing and what Arcadia does ( half the candidates in the interview did not have a clue) - interview lasted about 1.5 hours- they said they would get back to us in a couple of weeks- we all had to submit credit and background check release forms-
    One month later.... a thanks but no thanks email with the ususal we will keep your resume on file-

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England).

    Interview

    Phone call discussing my CV and current situation followed by an interview with Arcadia HR at the office where I had a basic competency exam. Received a phone call asking to further interview with Miss Selfridge HR and an assistant merchandiser

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  5. Helpful (1)  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Arcadia.

    Interview

    Arcadia's resourcing team have been great at responding to any queries I have had during the process. I initially applied to the role and had to answer three questions - why Arcadia, why merchandising and where do you see future growth coming from? I then had to do a maths test asking me to do calculations that would be relevant in the role. After this I got asked to complete a video interview where I was asked 5 questions. For each I got 30 seconds to prepare and then had around 1 minute to answer. I am currently waiting to hear if I was successful in this round (I have responded 'Yes, and I declined' to 'Did you get an offer' because I haven't heard yet).

    Interview Questions

    • What skills can you bring to the role?   Answer Question
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   Answer Question
    • Talk about a company that inspires you/ is doing well   Answer Question
    • You and your friends are planning a holiday, what role do you take in planning the holiday?   Answer Question
    • The starting salary is £20,000, does this meet your expectation and are you aware you could be placed in any of Arcadia's 8 brands?   Answer Question

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    Service Desk Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Arcadia (Leeds, England) in January 2018.

    Interview

    I met with my two interviewers and had a small introduction. They further explained the role and asked a few simple questions such as what times/ shifts I could do and what I knew about the company. They then proceeded to ask about my previous work experience. The interview was over relatively quickly.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any commitments that you would have to work around to get this job?   Answer Question

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England).

    Interview

    Online application, maths test, video interview, assessment day and initial interview with Group HR and finally an interview with the specific brand you would be working for. The overall process took about 2 months and the Arcadia Talent team were very quick to respond after each stage and were happy to answer any questions throughout the process either via email or even over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • SWOT analysis of the brand , during the final interview stage.   Answer Question
    • Provide an example where you have worked in a team?   Answer Question
    • Provide an example where you have shown analytical skills?   Answer Question
    • If stock couldn't get delivered from the warehouse to a store for any reason, what else could you suggest to ensure a store is stocked with certain lines?   1 Answer

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    Buyers Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online and received an online maths test shortly after. I passed this and then had a video interview (which I found the hardest part!) It puts you on the spot so just make sure you've done your research and you'll be fine. You can find all of the questions on glassdoor so you can prepare.

    Then around a week later I was called for a group interview which was with three other candidates. We had separate interviews where we presented a trend board with a member of the recruitment team and then a group exercise and another math test. The maths test was basic retail maths and the group exercise was about prioritisation of some every day tasks. I enjoyed this, my group were all really friendly and the recruiters all put you at ease. I received a call whilst I was on the train home saying I'd done really well and they'd definitely put me in for an individual interview as well as some helpful and constructive pointers to help in my final interview.

    A week later I was given a date and I had two days to prepare before my final interview which involved presenting a product based trend. I did two boards for this, one with my general research on the trend and another of the key products I would book. Nearly two weeks had passed with no contact until I chased them. I assumed I had been unsuccessful but I then received an offer which I happily accepted.

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    Customer Service Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia (Leeds, England) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Interviewer was very friendly and listened very well! explained everything about the role and working hours and even suggested a different role when I expressed my interest in progressing into a different area in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • first question in the interview was "Tell me about your previous role".   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England) in September 2017.

    Interview

    First stage was telephone interview, second stage was in-person. The hiring manager is looking for someone that doesn't exist. I've previously applied to this company,I have extensive experience in this industry, doing the same types of projects - for much bigger, international, more well known companies. Yet, despite me doing the exact same project for multiple other companies, my experience still wasn't good enough for them. I've previously applied for roles with this company via recruiters, and had bizarre rejection feedback supplied to me, that wasn't even true, and did not even seem that they had read my CV, and seemed they were talking about someone else completely. There is an arrogance and attitude of superiority by the hiring personnel, and unless you are a mortal God, then you will not be getting a job there. On arrival at reception to check in for the interview, it was an immediate negative impression - the receptionist was very arrogant, unfriendly, seemed very angry, and inconvenienced that she had to check me in. Not sure what her problem was, but it gave a very negative impression of what the working environment and mood would be like. Overall, the whole experience was very negative and gave an impression of arrogance and superiority, and of overworked unhappy people in the headquarters location. I will be avoiding Arcadia Group like the plague in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your experience in this field   1 Answer
    • Talk about similar projects you've done.   1 Answer

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    Merchandise Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Arcadia (London, England) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Was greeted in the reception area half an hour late, my interview was at 9.30am and no one came until 10.00am. The lady who met me was cold and barely spoke to me. After stomping around the meeting rooms for about 5 minutes she barked at me to 'wait here' in the middle of a corridor whilst she went off somewhere, only to come back and say we'd been moved. We then met another lady and sat in a glass meeting room where we sat in silence for a few minutes. Any conversation I tried to make was dismissed by one worded answers until eventually they asked me to talk through my CV. They then proceeded to ask me what I knew about the company and basic competency questions. They questioned, I answered but with no response in between, they basically read off of a sheet and grunted in reply to anything I said. They then asked if I had any questions and then went on to say how boring the job was and that they didn't really like it, then asked me to leave. The interview felt very much like an inconvenience to them which leads me to wonder why they bothered asking me to come for an interview. I emailed a week and a half after asking when I could expect to hear back, it's been over a month now and still haven't heard anything. You'd think paying over £50 for a train ticket to go to an interview you'd at least get some sort of a response but nothing.

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