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Bookseller/Barista Interview

East Brunswick, NJ

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Borders.

Interview Details – Had a one round interview, first with the hiring manager/asst. manager, who then lead me to meet the store manager. Once approved by the store manager, I met the heads of the three different departments (music/cafe, cash/wrap, books). They decided where I would fit best but explained that I would end up working all over the store regardless.

Interview Question – They asked me how to handle customers in difficult situations i.e. during a mis-handled purchase, a botched return, angry customer that felt mistreated by employee, etc.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I felt that the offer was generous for the work needed but I felt that I would not be able to negotiate.

Declined Offer

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Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview


I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Borders in April 2010.

Interview Details – I got a call from HR then she invited me for onsite interview with hiring manager and asked me specific time which is suitable for me or not?I said that time perfect for me then after a while she has been sent one email to me with details for my interview.I went for interview,it was 1:1 interview with section manager and he asked me lots of technical questions about PC architecture and RTL. Some situation and my previous work experiences related questions was also there.I asked some questions related to the position.

Interview Question – what is salary   View Answer

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview


I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Borders in February 2008.

Interview Details – The interview was relaxed and simple. Once you get past the initial personality test, the interview becomes geared to your communication skills and friendliness. There may be only 5-10 other candidates at this point and their choice will most likely depend on the personality of the interviewer. This means you should gear your responses towards the individual who is interviewing. The questions are basic for retail positions. Have you had experience in retail? How would you deal with a tough customer? Why do you want to work here? Do you feel comfortable selling particular products? Bonus points are given for applicants who demonstrate knowledge of literature, particularly if it is a broad knowledge. They just want to see if you like books and if you can make suggestions to customers for bigger sales.

Interview Question – What book is on your nightstand right now?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There isn't much negotiation. The pay is low so you can't expect much. Depending on your experience or how well they liked you, you may be able to get an extra $0.50, but not much more.

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