I Interviewed at Target

If you are reading this, you've probably decided that applying for retail work can actually lead to a rewarding job experience. With many different companies to choose from, you've set your sights on the big red bull's-eye, Target. And as luck would have it, I might be the perfect person to write this article. I too found myself at an employment crossroads, and quickly found myself donning the red shirt, khakis and fast, fun and friendly attitude for which Target strives to be known. With that said, I'm here to give you an idea, as a former Target team leader who has conducted multiple interviews for them, of the kind of candidate they would like to hire.

You need to come in with a positive attitude.

There is nothing that upsets an interviewer then wasting time on someone who obviously wants to be somewhere else. By engaging your interviewer with a handshake, a smile and a great attitude, you're making that lasting first impression that can make or break an interview. I assure you that this is of even more importance while interviewing at Target, as it is an ingrained part of the company's culture. If you can't be fast, fun and friendly, or if you don't go that extra mile for a guest, you may quickly find yourself looking for another job.

Nearly every question you will be asked is going to be in three parts.

You'll be asked about a situation, how you handled it and what the outcome was. Remember this, because the interviewer is going to ask you to elaborate if you aren't giving him or her all the information wanted. Just concentrate on giving complete answers that cast your actions in a favorable light. Stay on topic and try to reduce any rambling. The questions are being asked to find out how you will fit into the team at Target.

You will do two interviews back to back.

The first will often be with a team lead. They are going to form a general impression about you, to decide if you fit the company culture. This information will be shared with an executive team lead (who will be your next interviewer), immediately after the first interview is over. If you didn't make a positive impression in the first interview you'll be fighting an uphill battle in the second. There will be similar questions in each interview so stay consistent; your answers may be compared later.

When you come in to interview, dress like you want the job.

There is no need to deck yourself in the finest in designer clothes, but the opposite is also true. A dress shirt and slacks or a skirt will go a long way in setting the tone of the interview. It shows the interviewer that you are there for business, you are professional and that you are willing to go that extra step, which is really what Target is about.

Follow my guidance and you'll show up for your interview dressed for success and sporting a winning attitude. You'll be well prepared to impress both interviewers with your insightful, complete answers, and will hopefully hear back from the HR executive team lead that they want to welcome you to the team.

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and it was for a position as an executive leader in training if that makes a difference one way or another

November 23 2014 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So i had one interview on the phone. she said to email her with any questions I may have and that she has to pass the information on. She told me I should be contacted soon. that was a few days ago.. How soon till the next person contacts me?

November 23 2014 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Should you wear dress shoes to the interview ?

October 23 2013 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I went for an interview today and when i went in, i went on the computer, and filled out a survey. After i was done, i went into the room and a young guy asked me questions. I thought there was supposed to be two interviews in one day? I was dressed very appropriately and very professional. I answered the questions quickly and accurately. He said "Im leaving shortly after this anyways" so after the interview was done he told me to walk out the door i came in through. Wow, i thought i was supposed to be interviewed twice. The boy next to me was.

March 04 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with ALL these retail jobs, besides the low pay, is most only want part time or tempory employees, which also means no health benefits. For people who are retired and simply want something to do while adding a little extra income , this is fine. But for most who are trying to keep a roof over their heads, it's pretty tough.

February 16 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the tips. Your article helped me a lot while I browse for some advices on the internet about the interviews at Target. Just to say, I am scheduled today for an interview and kind of nervous because this is my first job interview here in the states. I hope I'll make it to work at the store.

August 25 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a question Curt. What is the interview process like if you are applying for an ETL position? Do you have any advice or recommendations? What is the assessment test like? What degree of experience is required to qualify for an ETL position?

July 30 2010 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Curt... you say they would have been 'coached'. I'm sure you are a great guy but... Coached as in reprimanded, lectured, and then possibly written up? Yeh I hear about people being coached all the time where I work too. We all use politically correct language these days because we don't want to offend anyone or hurt their feelings... or get sued. Too bad people can't be honest with each other anymore. This is just one more 'symptom' of the decline of America. We are doomed. Maybe some other country can coach us into coming tour senses!

June 14 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Curt Shaffer

I used the term coached only because that is the actual term target uses. The term it's self does not bother me because they know exactly what it means to be coached when they are there.

July 13 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIchael Mc Manus

Target wants to pay $7 an hour. No overtime. No health insurance. THe interview is silly, as they are asking questions that would be a typical search for a surgeon, or nuclear scientist. These are menial jobs, cash register attendant, shelf stocking and clean floors and restrooms. They ask questions that have no bearing on the job. Will you show up daily should be question number one; will you call off sick, and when can you start.
Have you ever been to a Target? If you ask a sales person a questions, they try to avoid you so as they do not have to commit to an answer.
Come one.

June 07 2010 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Curt Shaffer

I absolutely have to disagree.

The wage at target was competitive with other retailers in the area. With in three weeks of starting with the company they adjusted wages to become even more competitive.

While you have had a poor experience as a guest I can guarantee that if you were in my store, while I worked there, if I saw you treated like that the team member would have been coached.

June 07 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhiannon Williamson

I have to say I have worked at Target before. The one I worked at was very good in terms of not only customer service but also as an employee of said company they were wonderful to me.I was going to voluntarily quit my job so that they could get someone who was able to be there more regularly than I myself was able to be there. Instead they insisted that instead of quitting I take some time off instead in order to attempt to rectify the situation. Any other company I have worked for would have fired me as soon as the problems began to present their selves. As far as pay goes I originally started at 7.25/hour back when the minimum wage was a dollar below that. I had zero retail experience, although I had worked in food service. After 3months I had my 401k option as well as my benefits option available to me. Not to mention during that time frame I received two raises. As a total I only worked there roughly nine months yet I still consider it my favorite of all jobs. Ultimately I ended up quitting due to the stress of finding childcare for four small kids and having to move across country after my husband joined the military.
As for your obvious disdain for the work done there all I can say is that perhaps you should give the individuals who work there much more credit The cashiers end up needing limitless patience for their job. I know, I have done most of those jobs. The sales floor individuals also require patience, a great attitude,organizational skills and speed in order to keep their respect areas tidy and safe. The pricing teams require speed,intelligence,patience and common sense. Presentation members need to be able to read items called planograms which a fair number of individuals are unable to do including many with basic college education. Presentation also needs to be able to work neatly,quickly and be able to understand the concept of printing out their own labels should the need arise. Then also within the presentation department you also have revisions that are done weekly. All items in the presentation department are very much based on timing ,neatness and safety. In all aspects of the jobs in Target you need to be able to think on your feet as you never know what situation will present its self. In short you do the employees a great disservice with your disdain for their jobs. I am not attempting to be rude simply to give you some information in regards to the jobs that you look down on. I have had quests pick me up when they were disatisfied about something in the store. Yes, I said pick me up. It is no easy feat to be able to hold a smile and politely ask them to put you down. It is humiliating to be picked up like a child because they want to show me something on the top shelf. On a side note I am 5'7 . Please give these employees the respect they deserve.
Target has guests not customers. Act as such.

February 16 2013 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rhiannon Williamson

Unfortunately I am unable to go back and correct the areas which say customer as opposed to guest. Guest is the term used at Target.

February 16 2013 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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