How to Ace Your Job Interview in Retail?


Illustration of a sale in a storeRetail is one of the major fields of employment in the United States. However, it does not mean that it is easy to get a job in a store. When we look at the current unemployment rates and take into consideration other economic problems, there is no wonder that more than twenty people apply in average for every single job opening in retail. It is a simple math… Twenty applicants, one job! We will try to teach you how to be the one of twenty. Welcome to!

What happens in this interview?

Giant companies, such as Kmart or Target, have their own, specific selection procedures. For example at Target, every job candidate has to pass the personality tests. Interviews at big stores typically consist of more selection rounds and one can be interviewed on the phone, in a group, or even online. However, some interview answers and principles can be successfully applied in every single retail interview. Let’s have a look at it right now.


Questions they typically use in retail interviews


Impression matters a lot

As you could 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 these questions.

For many job seekers, retail is just the last choice, or even the only option. Maybe it is also your case. But even if it is so, recruiters should not spot it. Try to look motivated, smile, speak with enthusiasm and pay attention during the interview. Show some respect to your interviewers and be humble. Doing it, you present yourself as someone with good personality for retail and someone who really wants the job, not only needs one.


Taking it lightly

Cashier doing her daily jobMany people take their job interview preparation lightly. They believe that retail interviews are easy and then are 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 specialized IT position (an example). Because in this case, there won’t be two, but twenty applicants competing with you. All of you have similar background and experience… Who should be hired? It is not an easy question for an employer…

Who will get a job at the end?

In most of the cases, people who know the answers to all 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 much more than 177 brilliant interview answers (as if that was not enough :)). It’s your chance to outclass the other applicants and get a job. But will you take it? Check the book here.

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