Wednesday, 23 September 2015

How got my Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Hugo Boss job.

How I got my jobs in retail

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I did a Topshop interview post about a year ago and it is one of my most popular blog posts to date. So I thought I'd make a blog post about how I got my jobs at Miss Selfridge and Hugo Boss to help some more people out.

Topshop

Lakeside Topshop,
How did I apply:
 I applied through the Topshop careers site which is really great for seeing what is available in stores. It requires you to fill out a CV and also to attach one.

What was the interview like:
 The interview was a group interview and there was about 6 other girls. We had a group exercise where we were told a description of a woman and we then had to put together an outfit for this particular person. We had to explain why we had picked certain items to the rest of the group. 

We then were given a piece of a paper and had to take a look around the store and pick out what needed improving and what was really good about their store. 

We finished with one on one interviews where I was asked questions such as "If the card machines stopped working on a busy Sunday, how would you handle the situation and how would you deal with the customers?" and also "If you have completed your tasks what should you do?".

When did I find out if I got the job:
 I found out through the phone about 4 days later. If you were unsuccessful you received an email.

How long was I there: 
I worked there for 8 months as a sales assistant and also in replenishment.

Other tips: 
Always shake hands with whoever is about to interview you before and after the interview.

Miss Selfridge

Not the store I worked for ^
How did I apply:
I handed my CV into the store.

What was the interview like:
It was one on one and I was asked my availability and past experience in retail. The questions I was asked were "How do you maintain good standards in store?" "What type of customer do Miss Selfridge appeal to?" and "If the tills were busy whilst you were covering the front of store what would you do?".

When did I find out if I got the job:
 I found out through the phone about 2/3 days later.

How long was I there: 
I worked there 4 months as a sales assistant, denim specialist and social media ambassador.

Other tips:
 Working really hard in a smaller stores makes it easier to gain titles such as denim specialist and when you gain such titles it really benefits your CV as it looks impressive. Smaller stores have less staff and can reward them more often.

Hugo Boss at Zagger

not my current store ^
How did I apply:
I handed my CV into the store.

What was the interview like:
It was one on one and very formal. When applying for Hugo Boss I knew that the Zagger stores were very smart and high end fashion. I was asked what my future goals were, if I was left alone in store what would I do and how I handled customers when something has gone wrong.

When did I find out if I got the job:
 After my interview.

How long was I there: 
Hugo Boss is my current job.

Other tips: 
Dress for the job you're applying for. I wore casual clothes to my Topshop and Miss Selfridge interview, making sure I was fashionable but comfortable for my interview. Whereas for Hugo Boss I dressed more formally because that is what they are selling.

I hope this has helped anyone about to go for an interview or thinking of applying! Much love,

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