How to Ace Your Job Interview in Retail?

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Illustration of a sale in a storeMany people work in retail. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it is easy to get a job in a store. According to statistics, more than ten people applied for every single job opening in retail (statistics from October, 2016). The math is simple… Ten applicants, one job! We will try to show you how to be the one of ten and get a job. Welcome to!

What happens in the interview?

Giant companies, such as Kmart or Target, have their own, recruiting procedures, and they stick to them in every case. For example at Target, every job candidate has to pass the personality test. In general, interviews at big stores typically consist of more rounds, and one can be interviewed over the phone, in a group, or online. However, the same principles and attitudes can be applied in every single retail interview, doesn’t matter if the store is big or small, if you apply in the US, or overseas. Let’s have a look at these principles right now, together with the most common questions.


Questions they typically use


Impression matters a lot

As you can see, they will ask you mostly personal and behavioral questions. You need to demonstrate your communication skills, listening skills and most importantly, your motivation to do the job while answering their questions.

For many job seekers, retail is just the last choice, or even the only option they have. Maybe it is also your case. But even if it is your last option, recruiters should not know it. They should not feel it from your answers. You should try and look motivated, you should smile, speak with enthusiasm and pay attention during the interview. Show some respect to your interviewers, stay humble. Following this advice, you present yourself as someone with good personality for retail, and someone who really wants the job, not only needs one at the moment.


Taking it lightly

Cashier doing her daily jobMany people take their interview preparation lightly. They believe that retail interviews are easy, just to find themselves surprised to see someone else getting a job. Actually, to succeed in this interview is even more difficult than to succeed in an interview for a position of an IT specialist. Why? simply becasue in a retail interview, there won’t be two, but ten applicants competing with you. All of you will have similar background, and experience. Who should get the job? It is not an easy question for the interviewers….

Who will get a job at the end?

In most  cases, people who know the answers to tough interview questions, and especially job seekers who know how to sell their skills and strengths in an interview, will get a job. If you want to learn how to do it, check out this excellent e-book, that will show you 177 brilliant interview answers, plus some bonuses (as if that was not enough :)). We also suggest you to browse our website, and check our answers to the common retail interview questions.


Good luck in your interview!

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