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27 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brown

Updated November 20th, 2018
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Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!
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Top 25 Saks Fifth Avenue Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Ryan's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."
2.
How do you feel about Saks Fifth Avenue's performance incentives?
Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings regarding performance incentives.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In general, I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I think performance incentives are important for driving people to get results. For me, personally, they give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact towards the results."
3.
What are your salary expectations?
The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000, and I would like to stay in the same range or gain a slight increase. According to my research, this seems consistent with the market."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I would like to earn slightly above where I am now. Currently, I make $25/hour plus benefits and a 10% commission on all sales. My target income for the coming year is $65,000. If that is out-of-range for this position, I would hope we could discuss alternative benefits and/or a path to reach that salary goal."
4.
How do you manage a large workload?
Start off your answer by clarifying you never let a large workload stress you out. Each morning you review your tasks using a task manager application (if you do not have one I suggest google searching 'task manager application' and giving one a try). Continue to discuss how you complete each task by priority level and, before you know it, your large workload is completed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a low priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I am able to focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I work best when I have a large workload because it keeps me active, keen, and attentive on the project at hand. I also use Trello to keep my team and I on task."
5.
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle an environment that offers diversity.

Ryan's Answer #1
"The global nature of the Saks Fifth Avenue business is one that I'm most excited about. I'm accustomed to being around people who aren't exactly like me, and I've been able to learn from exposure to a lot of different perspectives. However, I believe that truly being part of the global economy will be a life-changing experience that I will relish."
Michelle's Answer #2
"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender and more. I embrace it fully, and the commitment to all types of style and beauty, no matter what they look like or where they're from, is one of my favorite aspects of the Saks Fifth Avenue brand."
6.
What do you know about our company culture?
Company culture and fit is a very important factor when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration into how the company culture will work for you.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I can tell you that the Saks Fifth Avenue culture is all about people and about creating delightful experiences for the customer that he or she can't get anywhere else. It's about luxury and grace, sophistication and elegance. I love that Saks has built a team of proud innovators in the retail landscape, always enhancing the customer experience in delightful ways. I'd love to be part of the next wave of innovation that shapes the retail landscape."
Michelle's Answer #2
"From what I can tell, the Saks culture is built around helping people - that includes every customer that is enthralled and enchanted by the high-end selection and personal customer service inherent to every Saks interaction, or the team of people who make it all possible. As a company with a rich history, Saks has changed the luxury retail game--and your team members know they're part of a legacy of creative challenges, retail growth and exciting new ideas. I believe that working for Saks means working with a world-class team, and I can't wait to get started."
7.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

Ryan's Answer #1
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
8.
How can Saks Fifth Avenue motivate you on the job?
Your motivation may be that the idea of success and achievement drives you. Perhaps you are working toward career advancement. Take some time to think about what truly motivates you.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I believe that, for the most part, I am intrinsically motivated. However, I am often encouraged by verbal recognition of my impact, along with compensation-based rewards. This could be a competition for a gift card or a contest where I can earn a bigger holiday party budget for my team. My competitive side keeps me motivated as well, so I love being challenged by high performers around me."
Michelle's Answer #2
"In such a competitive industry, I want to work for the best and with the best. I am motivated by a company that sets high performance standards, and by colleagues who work hard to meet them. I love being challenged by my peers to deliver my very best work."
9.
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
You can absolutely say that you will go the extra mile but it's best to give a real life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you.

Ryan's Answer #1
"My former boss would definitely describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available on my email and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."
Michelle's Answer #2
"I go the extra mile whenever possible because that's what great employees do! I have received very positive feedback from all of my previous employers."
10.
What can you tell me about how Saks Fifth Avenue fits into the overall HBC family of brands?
This is where it is really important to have completed some research on the interviewing company. You'll need to show that you understand Saks Fifth Avenue's parent company and how Saks fits into its overall brand portfolio.

Ryan's Answer #1
"It seems like a positive and beneficial move for Saks to have joined the HBC brand family. HBC is the oldest company in North America and is widely recognized as a diversified global retailer, focused on driving performance of high-quality stores and their omni-channel offerings, as well as unlocking the value of real estate holdings. With the rich heritage of Saks paired with these kinds of resources, the results can't help but be positive for both."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Saks was a great addition to the HBC portfolio - joining legacy brands like HBC and Lord and Taylor, plus retail lines from Germany and Brussels, provides a nice cosmopolitan flavor to the Saks luxury appeal. I'd guess that HBC's real estate holdings and partnership with Simon Properties also opens a great many doors for prime Saks store locations, which is also a plus."
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