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Borders Cashier/Bookseller Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
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Cashier/Bookseller Interview

Cashier/Bookseller
Avondale, AZ

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Borders.

Interview Details – This was back in 2008 when applications were still in paper format with some being online, hence I filled out the form after inquiring as to any openings, returned same day; within a week was called to see if I was still interested which I was; two days later an in-person interview on one of their cafe tables surrounded by customers and employees, the questions of why would I want to work for Borders, what are my interests, where do I see myself half a decade hence, how long would I be willing to work for them-short/long term and if I was interested in moving up the corporate ladder. The lady conducting the interview was smiling, relaxed and very friendly-she was happy that I had questions of my own for her.

Interview Question – Due to being six years ago, I cannot answer this question.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Bookseller Interview

Cashier/Bookseller
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Borders in May 2010.

Interview Details – I met with the hiring manager and the store manager. Very normal questions. After the fact, they checked my references. The hiring manager was straightforward, and she knew the stress questions. Expect that the store manager is vague, unclear, and wordy in comparison to his hiring manager.

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Reason for Declining – I needed full-time, not part-time work; they needed an answer to whether I would work for them in less than 24 hours.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier/Bookseller Interview

Cashier/Bookseller

The process took a day - interviewed at Borders in May 2011.

Interview Details – The interview was super informal with the sales manager. He told me he was going to ask me the same 5 questions he had asked all the other potential candidates and that he also would not look at my employment history until after my interview during the decision phase. Both of these statements seemed a little odd to me but since it is a part time retail position I really shouldn't expect they care much about administrative skills I suppose. I wasn't really even asked anything about books or my interest in them. I would say staying cheerful and engaging during the interview and focusing the discussion on your customer service skills would be the best path in a Borders' interview. I was called less than two hours after my interview with a job offer. None of my references were called and I highly doubt they did a background check during that time.

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Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. I was hired as a part time, temporary position.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Bookseller Interview

Cashier/Bookseller

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Borders in May 2009.

Interview Details – I applied online -- which they make all new prospective employees do -- but found that, despite them calling me in for an interview, that the face-to-face time was largely perfunctory and that they had already decided against me based on a lack of experience (for a job that arguably requires no experience). I found the hiring manager to be distracted and non-engaged and did not have a pleasant experience.

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Bookseller Interview

Cashier/Bookseller

The process took a day - interviewed at Borders in April 2010.

Interview Details – Was brought in for a group interview. I had no retail experience per se, having gone from computer programmer to stay-at-home mother to massage therapist. A woman in the group had very good retail experience and out shined everyone else. Interviewer only seemed interested in speaking to me about how nice it is to have a massage. Had trouble turning the conversation around to show that massage therapists need excellent customer service skills.

Interview Questions

  • If someone were looking for a book from a genre that you knew nothing about, what would you do?   Answer Question
  • If you found out a fellow employee were stealing, what would you do?   Answer Question

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