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Books-A-Million Bookseller/Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 13, 2014
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Interviewed at Books-A-Million

Interview Details – Was not bad, I went in for 2 interviews and received the job a couple of days after the second interview. Both of the interviews went well I was told about the discount card and magazine offer. I was informed this was mandatory and I accepted.

Interview Question – What would you say is your biggest weakness   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista

I applied online - interviewed at Books-A-Million in March 2014.

Interview Details – I filled out a application online and within 3 1/2 weeks heard back. I was asked to come in for an interview and the process was simple. They asked me to tell them about myself, why I wanted to work for them ect. From there I was asked to read about their discount card and magazine programs and if I would be able to produce large selling numbers for them. I was told I would hear back if they were interested. A week later I was sent an email request for a backround check which I am waiting to hear about.

Interview Question – If I was unable to provide a large number of discount card sales was I ok with not getting hours.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

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Bookseller/Barista

Interviewed at Books-A-Million

Interview Details – Filled out an application and was called in for an interview. Questions focused on customer service, how to handle difficult customers, and ability to sell the discount card. Was called about a week later with an offer. Went in the next day to fill out paperwork, etc. Started working a few days later. Very simple and painless process.

Interview Question – Pretty easy interview. Just be upbeat.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in July 2013.

Interview Details – Well I was out of a job and I did my normal calling to see if anyone was hiring, I talked to the manager and she said they were doing interviews, so I filled out the application and called her back when I was done. She then schedule me to come in for a interview, the interview was very short and sweet. Got another call a couple days later with a job offer.

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista
Dothan, AL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in January 2010.

Interview Details – went in and spoke to a manager. did a background check and passed and begain training a few days later.

Negotiation Details – what negotiation?? i did not have a say in what i would have liked to get paid.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista
Davenport, FL

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in June 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online via the Books-a-Million website but never got a call back. Two weeks later I came into the store and asked to speak to the hiring manager and she asked if I had time now for an interview. I was taken to the back office where she asked me about my sales experience and other various questions. After this I had a brief talk with the store HR who also asked me some of the same questions. Both stressed about how 5% of sales were to be made by each employee. The Management staff was very friendly.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The Manager explained that there are ways of making more than minimum wage selling magazine subscriptions and membership cards.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista
Aiken, SC

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in September 2010.

Interview Details – I applied for the position online, and got a call within a week to come in for an interview. Make sure you smile at all times, and that you have knowledge of books,electronics,etc. I recommend going into the store and browsing a little before you come in for your interview. If hired you will be cross trained, so you may want to state in your interview something about being a quick learner. You need to be detailed,and of course love to read.
Some interview questions:
Do you love to read, and what's your favorite book?
Tell me about a time a customer was rude to you and how did you handle it.
Tell me about a time you gave excellent customer service.
Are you comfortable selling our discount card program?

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you gave excellent customer service.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non negotiable


No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista
Lake Charles, LA

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Books-A-Million in April 2012.

Interview Details – I applied on a Tuesday, got a call to schedule the interview on a Saturday and had the interview on Tuesday. The interview was at 11:00 and I arrived 15 minutes early. They gave me some papers to read and told me to wait in the cafe. The interviewer came at around 11:10 and the interview lasted about 20 minutes. She asked me to tell her about myself, asked about previous jobs/experience, what days/hours I would be availiable, and a few "what would you do if..." questions. She explained the job to me and also the benefits. She explained that it was a sales job and all employees are required to offer and sell a certain amount of discount cards. She also asked what type of books i liked, my favorite book and why, etc. I also told her that I was starting college in the summer and she asked to bring in my class schedule when I got it and she would be in touch. And I said I would bring it the next week when I would get classes scheduled.

Interview Question – Walk me through a shift at your current job.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Bookseller/Barista
Fort Myers, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Books-A-Million in November 2009.

Interview Details – At the time, the old GM was being relocated so I ended up being interviewed by the old and new GM. They were both very friendly, asked if I minded selling their Millionaire's Club Card and Magazines For Millionaires programs, and inquired about my life and experience. I was told by a former employer that BAM did in fact check my references, thankfully they all gave me glowing reviews.

Interview Question – Do you have a problem selling our Discount Cards or singing people up for out Magazines For Millionaires programs?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There were no opportunities for negotiating.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Bookseller/Barista

I applied online and interviewed at Books-A-Million.

Interview Details – I applied online, but didn't hear anything back. Had to call the store in order to get my application looked at. (After working there I learned that most people had to do something like this). Then went in for a 7 pm interview. Normally people interview separately with both senior managers, but I only interviewed with one.

Once hired wasn't able to get any kind of regular hours til almost 2 months in and I was able to establish that I can sell cards.

Interview Question – They ask you to pitch a card to them.   View Answer

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