Target HR Interview Questions

Updated Apr 6, 2015
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    Human Resources Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Harrisburg, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Target (Harrisburg, PA).

    Interview

    Structured interview process - 1st interview at store, 2nd interview at store and 3rd interview at the district level. The interview questions are behavior based questions and are looking for the situation, your actions and the result of the situation (what you learned).

    Interview Questions

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    Executive Team Leader - Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Target (Sacramento, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process is extremely drawn out and time consuming, despite each individual interview taking less than 20 minutes. I interviewed over the phone twice prior to meeting with a Store Manager, each of these interviews spread out at least one week apart from one another and lasting less than 20 minutes. The interview with the District Team Leader was spread out even further, approximately 2 weeks after the Store Manager interview. I ultimately withdrew my candidacy because I accepted another offer with a company that was able to put me in front of executive leadership (Executive/Senior Vice Presidents of Human Resources) and extend an offer in a more timely manner.

    Considering how long the position was posted prior to receiving an interview, and then also the time it took to wait between interviews, it was clear that there was no urgency to fill the role. There is no excuse for the interview process for a store front operation to take as long as it does, regardless of whether or not they are the number 2 (or even number 1) retailer in America. While they may compensate well, Target is only worth the wait if you are currently sitting in a role that you are not satisfied with and have the time to standby.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview went so quickly that I couldn't remember the questions, but they are Situation/Behavior/Outcome type questions. The talent acquisition managers are very good at preparing you for the interview by outlining that in the beginning. As long as you answer the question in this sort of fashion, the applicant will be fine. Questions are situation based and focus on your individual contributions to a specific problem, ie a difficult employee situation, management decisions, improving processes, etc. Focus on the "I" and not the "we" and an applicant will have a strong interview.   Answer Question
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Target (New York, NY) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Unorganized and unprofesional . They made wait for hours before someone could interview me and it quite irritating. Then they seem to be unprofesional when it came down to the interview processing.

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    Human Resource Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Target.

    Interview

    First portion is a phone interview about you and information on resume or application second portion is face to face about you and your qualifications third is another face to face interview and then finally a offer that included compensation

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    Human Resources Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Target (San Diego, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    You are generally called and then talked to over the phone about your application, if it does not seem to work for us, that is it. If it does work you will have 2 interviews, 3 questions each, before you are offered a position.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions are not difficult, and you just need general scenarios to answer them. What Target looks for is how you answer them. Identify what the situation is, the explain the behaviors that lead to the outcome, and then state the outcome. I know it looks easy, but we have a ton of interviews that will just have the situation and then the outcome, and no one will discuss what they did to get to the outcome. Ex. "Tell me a time you worked with a team to get a task done."   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Target has set pay guidelines, there are no negotiations, you get the wage they offer you, no matter your experience, and you either accept or reject. As a team member you can expect an average of 20 hours a week and as a Team Leader you can expect an average of 32 hours per week. You can pick up shifts to add hours, or you may be scheduled as low as 5 hours a week depending on the time of year.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Target in November 2014.

    Interview

    Got connected with a recruiter for a phone screen. The shortest phone interview I have ever had. Sounded like she was calling me on the road. Simply asked me why I wanted to work for Target, biggest strength/weakness. Then she said she'll look at my resume and let me know if they'll move forward with an in person interview.

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    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Target.

    Interview

    I applied online through the Target website and was contacted within two weeks for a phone screening. I then was passed on to do a phone interview with a human resources business partner. Next I had a face to face interview with the District Team Leader and a local STL, and was contacted a week later for my final interview with a regional HR leader. An hour after that interview I was offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to make a decision that changed the way someone else had to do their job.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very little negotiation, but they offered an extremely competitive first offer.

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    ETL - Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Target (Bakersfield, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    They do all communication regarding procedure through email. The first two interviews are over the phone, then the last three are face to face: first with a local STL, then the District Manager, then the district HR manager.

    All interviews have four formal "tell me about a time when you..." Questions. All the same questions for each interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you changed your daily routine based on along term goal.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The District Manager that I interviewed with had 2 weeks as DM and the District HR leader had been in her position for 2 months; they didn't know what they wanted and they were disorganized (started the interview 20 minutes late and ate their lunch during). They were gruff and didn't embody the culture that Target (fast, fun and friendly), so I got huge red flags during the last interview and didn't want to work under them. They weren't nice at all.

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    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Target.

    Interview

    They just asked me basic questions of where I prefer working. Not very professional but very comfortable. I think it was because it was a position offered to a college student, they made the interview process very personable and a great environment to make sure I knew the obligations of the job. I definitely felt that I knew what I was getting myself involved with. I really appreciated that they were understanding with my situation of not accepting their offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time where you had a deadline and had to meet it.   Answer Question
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    Human Resources Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Applied through the website, got a call within 4 days. Was asked to conduct a phone interview the next day. Got a call on time and was asked situation-based questions. At the end, we scheduled an in-person interview. Was asked similar questions in person. HR Executive offered me the job on the spot.

    Interview Questions

    • "Tell me about a time you made a mistake, and what did you do after?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Unable to negotiate due to pay grade scale.

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