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Old 08-07-2007, 22:10
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Hi all,
does/has anyone work/ed for Debenhams?
I'm applying for a job there on Tuesday and was wondering if anyone knew what the interviews where like? Is it just the bog standard stuff or is there anything more with it being such a big company? If so what should I expect?
Thanks in advance,
Jack

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Old 08-07-2007, 22:13
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I don't work there, but one little suggestion might be that spelling thier name correctly might go down quite well - Debenhams.
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Old 08-07-2007, 22:16
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I don't work there, but one little suggestion might be that spelling thier name correctly might go down quite well - Debenhams.
Thier? It always happens when someone comments on spelling. I'm sure I've made a mistake in this post.
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Old 08-07-2007, 22:16
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I don't work there, but one little suggestion might be that spelling thier name correctly might go down quite well - Debenhams.

you beat me to it, i was going to say the same!
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Old 08-07-2007, 22:22
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Just testing
Cheers for the tip guys, I'll bear it in mind
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Old 08-07-2007, 22:37
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Do you know which dept you're applying for? I'd expect you'll be asked if you have any previous retail or cash handling experience plus "why do you want to work for Debs" typ questions. Check out the store so you know what shop implants they have and, opening hours (if it's open til 10pm on a Thu etc you may be asked to work til then...is that ok).
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Old 08-07-2007, 23:34
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My interviews with someone on the childswear department, so it's a safe bet thats where the post is.
Opening hours are pretty stabndard, but they do open until 10 pm when they do special discount days which is fine.
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Old 08-07-2007, 23:37
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Interviews in retailing are very much dependent on who's lumbered with the job. You might get a spotty trainee manager who fancies himself or you might get someone who'll just give you the job because they can't be bothered to do more than one interview.
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Old 08-07-2007, 23:41
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Is it a summer job or permanent? Would be good for experience and your CV, working for a large org, and chances are you'll be able to change dept if you fancy it once you have your foot in the door.

Good luck.
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Old 08-07-2007, 23:53
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Well building my CV ups a big part of it. It's 20 hours a week permanant, but if I get in I'd be looking at cutting it down when I go back to college. Thanks!
Weeping Dreams, problem is I usually get lumbered with the biggest pratts possible at interviews! When I started at Burger King (classy I know, lasted all of 4 weeks) I got the most patronising old dinasaur ever.
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Old 08-07-2007, 23:57
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Keep in mind it's a means to an end and you're not looking to settle there. Nowt wrong with most of these jobs but sounds like you've come across a few people who are "stuck" in their current position, hence the bad attitude. At least Debs is quite a nice open plan layout so you wouldn't be crammed in like at BK, you would have a chance to escape the prats...just not the customers!
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Old 09-07-2007, 00:01
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Well I'm working in a corner shop now and have been for 4 years, and it's owned by me ex-step dad, so stuck in a bit of a rut my self. It's deffinately important to keep options open and never get to comfortable (and when you know what a customer wants as soon as they come in it's certainly hit that point )
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:10
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I used to work at Debenhams, most of the interview process was based on group activities for me. First they paired us off and we had to talk to and make notes on our partner, then tell the rest of the group about said partner. Then we were put into groups of six or so and given a list of various elements of customer service and had to number them in order of importance as a group and justify the group's choices. I think there was also a breif role-play type situation but all in all it was a fairly straight forward experience. Gotta be better than BK
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Old 09-07-2007, 10:06
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Make sure you know all about the products (clothing ranges etc). They will normally ask you to name as many brands as possible, id imagine.
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Old 09-07-2007, 13:30
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Nah there was none of that at my interview. That's not to say that other stores/interviewers don't do so though.
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Old 09-07-2007, 14:59
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Make sure you know all about the products (clothing ranges etc). They will normally ask you to name as many brands as possible, id imagine.
I discovered that Debenhams do some nice girls wear that is also a bit trendy- Red Herring and Pineapple -my 12 year old thinks they're cool. Don't suppose that info will help but I thought I'd share!
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Old 09-07-2007, 18:18
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Thanks you lot!
No offence Jodrel but I won't use that infomation tomorrow, may raise all kinds of questions if I start talking about preteen girls clothing lines
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Old 09-07-2007, 21:46
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I went for an interview there last xmas, they have these questions where thers no right or wrong answer, so they tell you anyway, such as what would you do in this situation would you do - A, B, or C,
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Old 10-07-2007, 15:03
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Well, had interview and it was more like a 10 minute conversation. "Tell me about your self", "Are you available for overtime" and telling me what the hours would involve and about account targets was about it.
Thank you to everyone who posted advice!
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Old 10-07-2007, 17:18
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sounds like you might have got it...good luck.
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