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post #1 of 19
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So, while looking for a part-time job, I ended up applying for a sales position at JCrew. I have an interview with them on Wednesday, and I am wondering what to expect in terms of the interview, besides the usual questions (most difficult task ever/expectations/etc), and also how to dress for a job like such.
I have never worked retail before, so would a shirt and tie be enough? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 19
For a part time sales position at J. Crew, I'd follow their dress code. It's a dress shirt with a sweater or a shirt and tie or a shirt and sports coat with pants and dress shoes. Forum member Minkous used to work at J. Crew and he might be able to help you out further, but I think as long as you dress nice you should be able to nail it.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by xchen View Post
For a part time sales position at J. Crew, I'd follow their dress code. It's a dress shirt with a sweater or a shirt and tie or a shirt and sports coat with pants and dress shoes. Forum member Minkous used to work at J. Crew and he might be able to help you out further, but I think as long as you dress nice you should be able to nail it.

Thanks. I knew I read somewhere that somebody worked there, I just sent him a PM about it. I think I might just do shirt sweater or shirt + tie as I don't really have a very good sportscoat in my wardrobe right now.
post #4 of 19
Im a part timer at J.Crew also. My interviews were pretty relaxed, just the usual questions. The dress code isnt too strict either. If you wear jeans you need to have on a tie or jacket and no sneakers. With chinos you can wear Jack Purcells and a button-down with a sweater/vest/jacket...... The discount is pretty good too, enough to keep me around
post #5 of 19
I was at my local J.Crew yesterday. The salesperson was wearing a v-neck sweater and tie and either dark chinos or cords. A very contemporary take on the traditional look.
post #6 of 19
I applied at J Crew, but was denied the job because my prior employment for Abercrombie might cause a "conflict of interest". I guess they thought I was a spy...
post #7 of 19
How does one go about finding out about job positions. I don't see it on their website.
I feel left out that I've never worked in a mall store ever. I wouldn't mind the discounts at a place like BR or JC either.
post #8 of 19
J. Crew's discount is 40%, pretty good for a retail store. It's the only mall store I really like enough to consider working there, even for the discount. I had considered getting a job there, just for the discount and working on the weekends, as I already have a part time job in an office and go to a commuter college full time.
post #9 of 19
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J. Crew's discount is 40%, pretty good for a retail store. It's the only mall store I really like enough to consider working there, even for the discount. I had considered getting a job there, just for the discount and working on the weekends, as I already have a part time job in an office and go to a commuter college full time.

I thought BR gave an even bigger discount, or maybe it was because the girl I know was a manager, but I swear she said she got 50-70% off. But yeah, J Crew seems to have the best looking female shoppers from what I've seen too, and of course, they have good style.
post #10 of 19
J. Crew catalog girls seem like they'd be perfect to take home to mom. There is a really cute girl at the local Gap but she is deaf. I hear they are the loudest in bed.
post #11 of 19
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J. Crew catalog girls seem like they'd be perfect to take home to mom. There is a really cute girl at the local Gap but she is deaf. I hear they are the loudest in bed.

Had I been drinking milk, it would have been all over my monitor.

Brilliant.
post #12 of 19
I have worked in many smaller "mall type" stores before from Kenneth Cole to even Bebe (eww) and I have hated them all. Working for all of these stores they always pay you shit and work you into the ground. Tedious actives like finger spacing hangers and perfectly folding sweaters are the norm. The store will close at 8 and you will not be gone until 9ish. I much prefer working for larger department stores. I have worked at Saks, Bloomies, and Bendels and have enjoyed them so much more. The money is also MUCH better at department stores. My sister has worked at JCrew for 2 years and still make like 9 bucks and 1% commission, thats insanse.
post #13 of 19
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I have worked in many smaller "mall type" stores before from Kenneth Cole to even Bebe (eww) and I have hated them all. Working for all of these stores they always pay you shit and work you into the ground. Tedious actives like finger spacing hangers and perfectly folding sweaters are the norm. The store will close at 8 and you will not be gone until 9ish. I much prefer working for larger department stores. I have worked at Saks, Bloomies, and Bendels and have enjoyed them so much more. The money is also MUCH better at department stores. My sister has worked at JCrew for 2 years and still make like 9 bucks and 1% commission, thats insanse.

Yeah, I hear the smaller stores suck to work at. But I also assume the turnover is very high. I would work there long enough to meet some women and get some discounted clothes and then peace out.
post #14 of 19
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Yeah, I hear the smaller stores suck to work at. But I also assume the turnover is very high. I would work there long enough to meet some women and get some discounted clothes and then peace out.

This will be my first experience in retail, so we will see. I think it will be a nice medium to meet some people, and it also means I get to buy more clothes and have a reason to dress well 3 days a week.
post #15 of 19
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J. Crew catalog girls seem like they'd be perfect to take home to mom. There is a really cute girl at the local Gap but she is deaf. I hear they are the loudest in bed.

Jesus, I just sprayed beer all over the place, thanks man....

Yeah.........god, I'm still laughing!

To the OP: understand what you're getting into. First, it def. takes a certain type of person to work retail and do well. Second, you will be taken advantage of as an employee. Don't get me wrong, a lot of places are better than others, but there is a trend in treatment towards salespeople.
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