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How To Nail Your Job Interview In Retail

Updated on April 28, 2012

Believe it or not, jobs are available! The retail business is always hiring. If committed, you could be promoted in no time and have a higher paying job!

Now a days, applying online is mandatory in retail. Since their not meeting you in person, they always provide an in depth quiz during the application process. 100 questions determines whether or not they even look at your application. The test is more important than your resume.When I go to look at someone's application it says- Passed or Failed. I can only call in people for interviews that have passed. So whether or not you are 100% qualified, if you failed, there's nothing that can be done, no matter how bad they want to hire you.

It's important to make ONE follow up call after submitting your application. Call and leave your name with whoever will take it. Do not call more than once. In retail, a lot is going on at all times and they don't have the same amount of time as other businesses would, to talk to you.

For your interview, dressing nice is important. You would not believe how many people come in their pajamas, sagging pants, etc. I'm not saying you need to wear a suit and tie. For men, a polo shirt and a nice pair of jeans and khakis are perfect. For women, a nice blouse and jeans or slacks. Do not wear sunglasses, make sure your phone is off and do not bring any beverages with you. The most important piece of your outfit however, is your smile! Working in retail this is pertinent as you will be working with the public.

Your interviewer knows within the first 2 minutes if they plan on hiring you or not. Have you had an interview last at most, five minutes, and you didn't walk out with the job? It's all because of your initial first impression. The most important things are your smile and your ability to answer the questions. Be personable, and you can even exaggerate a few things. It's important to make yourself sound awesome while answering the questions! For example: "Your worst trait? I pay so much attention to detail that I lose sight of the bigger picture." This shows that your focused, but also attentive and care about the little things.

If you don't walk out with the job, don't fret. Be sure to check your inbox the following two days, for the "We regret to inform you..." email. You usually will not be contacted via phone, since there is an automated system that sends you the email with a click of the mouse. If you didn't get an email then you got the job! (It's mandatory for the email to be sent to you if you did not get the job).

I hope this helps! Good Luck!


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    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 

      7 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Good information here! I have hired hundreds of people and have just published a hub on how to interview. I so agree with you on how people show up dressed for an interview....what were they thinking!?

    • MrsLWarner profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you!

    • MrsLWarner profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      I agree with charmike4. Thanks!

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      Michael Kromwyk 

      8 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nice hub MrsLWarner. Jobs in retail are like closing the deal. You need to understand how to become friends with the interviewer, match your skils to the job description and ask for the sale! When I recruit retail staff I've got to ensure that they will provide exceptional customer service and sales. Some great tips here that will help those seeking a job in this sector. Cheers Michael


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