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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