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Target Executive Team Leader Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – First there is 30 minute phone interview. Then you have two different face to face interviews on the same day with District Staff. Two people in each interview (one took notes, the other conducting the interview). Process lasted about 2 hours.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you made a mistake. What did you do?   Answer Question

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I applied in-person and interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – Long process. At least 3 interviews. Usally first two with people that are not qualified.

Interview Question – Tell us about the time you failed.   View Answer

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Anonymous Employee
Fresno, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – -Be at least 15 minutes early. These are generally tightly planned and tardiness is a huge detractor.
-Generally three interviews. If you interview with the District Team Leader one on one or with the Human Resources "manager" you're in pretty good shape.
-High energy in your interview is a must. Think cheer leader toned down to interview levels. You can teach a process but you can't teach a great out going personality.
-Each question is "situational"/behavioral, very "Tell me about a time..." like questions. Keep your answers concise Situation/Behavior/Outcome.

Interview Question – The unscripted questions are probably the most difficult. If the person is going off the script theyre either not getting what they want from you, checking for a higher level of understanding or potential, or if there are two people in the room they may just be trying to impress the person observing cause THEY are trying to promote.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Given my personal considerations I wasn't in a very good negotiating position. I was offered the lower end of the base salary at the time but within a few years I was able to make 50% more.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – I initially spoke with a recruiter over the phone after we had made contact via LinkedIn. I was excited after our first conversation. She was professional, intelligent and asked good questions, but also allowed me the opportunity to ask her questions in return without rushing to get me off the phone. She certainly represents the company well and I was excited at the possibility. I hadn't previously thought about Target as an employment avenue, but now I was quickly changing my mind.

She indicated she would pass me off to the local recruiter handling this area. He set up a time for a phone screen roughly 8 days out. At the day/time of the call, I waited about 10 minutes and finally emailed him asking if we were still on for the call. After 2 minutes or so, he called indicating he had been held up in another meeting. Not sure if that was true, of if he just forgot. But, doesn't matter. He starts off with, I know you spoke to Melanie already so what questions do you have for me? Interesting. Usually its the interviewer asking questions to start, but ok, no problem. I had about 30 questions prepared. We went through them.

At the end, he asked me strengths/weaknesses and no other questions. He then indicated they didn't have any openings, but he wanted to continue the process with me and would have me in to shadow an existing Executive Team Lead as part of the next steps in the process. Great!

A week after that I got a rejection email. Why would you tell me you're passing me on to the next round and then send a rejection email. Doesn't make sense at all? I can understand being told you're not the right type of person and respect that, but to say you're being passed on to the next round verbally followed with an email rejection is shady. I can tell you I no longer shop at Target. Not that it makes a big dent to them, but I won't do it...

Interview Question – First phone screen was behavior based with no real surprises. Tell me about a time...as long as you have your 'STAR's worked out, you'll be fine. Second phone, I was asked 2 questions: What are your strengths? Weaknesses?   Answer Question

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I applied online and interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – First interview was via phone with recruiter. Very pleasant call. She immediately set me up with a F2F interview at local store with store manager, followed by a web conference interview with regional manager the next day. I was impressed at how quickly they moved through those first few steps. Everyone was very nice, in fact possibly too nice because I left each interview feeling like I was a great fit - so was very surprised when I was later turned down.
I have to give it an overall negative rating, because I think a company like Target can do a better job than simply updating your status to "no longer under consideration for this position." At least type up a template email to send to candidates like myself who went through 3 interviews. Also, while the 3 interviews were scheduled quickly, afterwards it was over a month before I heard anything at all, and again it was only the status update on the site. I emailed the recruiter 2 weeks after my last interview to check in, and received no response. I know we are all supposed to feel sorry for the poor, overworked recruiter, but it's amazing how they have all the time in the world for you at first, but can't take the time to answer you after you interview.

Interview Question – I felt that all questions were pretty standard. Greatest strength, greatest weakness, "tell me about a time when" types of questions.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – The first interview was very easy. Just basic STAR questions. Know situations and how you overcame them. The people were extremely friendly. Make sure to ask questions after the interview.

Interview Question – What is your biggest mistake   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Target

Interview Details – Initial contact through a recruiter, first round a phone interview. Typical questions asking to tell about a time, or give examples of demonstrating certain qualities such as leadership.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you didn't get the results you expected.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Target in December 2013.

Interview Details – Initial call was a phone screening, then moved onto an in person interview. With target, all their questioning is behavioral and sometimes a bit challenging in my opinion. I had prepared as many situations and behavioral questions I could have and was still taken by surprise during the in person interview. They were, surprisingly, very fast with setting up interviews. The entire process only took about 2-3 weeks.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you had to give something up to achieve something else.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Lincoln, NE

I applied through college or university and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Target in October 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter through my university. I began interviewing in the fall of 2013. I passed the first round with the recruiter, had a second interview with an STL then a third and final interview with the DTL. I was contacted by HR that I made it through all rounds and I would need to wait for an ETL position to open in my market. This took awhile. I was contacted by HR to setup a meet and greet with the STL of the store they chose for me as well as the DTL. I then had a final interview with the HR Group Director and an HR Manager.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you set a goal for yourself and how did you achieve it?
Tell me about a time you had to give unfavorable feedback?
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Executive Team Leader, Pharmacy Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Target in March 2013.

Interview Details – Target has a ridiculously long interview process. I had one phone pre-screen with an HR recruiter from corporate (Minnesota). Then, I had to complete a 2-hour, online test with personality, logic and math questions. Next, I had a separate phone interview with same HR recruiter, followed by in-person interview with district pharmacy manager. Finally, I had a phone interview with the district store leader (not a pharmacist).

Interview Question – None. If you prepare for situational/behavioral questions using the STAR method and keep your answers specific and concise, you will likely do well.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They gave me more money than I had asked for, so I did not need to negotiate.

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