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Target Merchandise Specialist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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Merchandise Specialist
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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Target in June 2014.

Interview Details – After being referred to the position & applying online, I received an email within one week to schedule a phone interview time. On the phone interview day, the recruiter called me about 10 minutes late. The interview lasted about 20 minutes, including several personal questions along with 2 behavioral based questions. Several weeks later I was invited to the Minneapolis campus for 2 1:1 interviews and a tour of the location. Each of the interviewers were polite & friendly, but seemed to be a bit unprepared. We were told by the recruiter that we would be given a call the next day, and at the very latest Friday (two days later). After hearing no response for several days, I contacted the recruiter who said we would be called within another several days, as he was running very behind. Finally, about a week later, he called 2 other interviewee that I knew to offer them the job. Then he emailed me on a Saturday to let me know that one of my interviewers left the country without turning in my interview materials, so I would be waiting even longer. After about 3 weeks of anxiously waiting, I received a phone call saying I was not offered the job. Overall, the interview process was long, unorganized, and a frustrating.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to use a creative process to solve an unexpected problem.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Target.

Interview Details – All Behavioral based questions. Tell me about a time... Must prepare or you will not do well.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to challenge a supervisor.   Answer Question

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Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Target in March 2012.

Interview Details – Applied online for multiple positions got a call back for two of them and picked one to move forward with. Phone interview and 1 on 1 consist of behavioral type questions. Skills/Personality assessment taken after 1 on 1. Drug test with in 24 hours and background check also have to pass.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you have to provide constructive criticism to a co-worker.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Some negotiation both sides made concessions.

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Merchandising Specialist
Minneapolis, MN

The process took 5 days - interviewed at Target in August 2010.

Interview Details – Scheduled for 3 1:1 interviews in one day where each person asked the same set of behavioral questions (different wording) to gauge your history and experience. At the end of the three interviews, you take an hour long integrated personality test and some sort of intelligence test. The afternoon was long and many of the interviewers didn't seem to want to be there.

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  • Tell me about a time you struggled with a task. How did you handle it and what was the outcome.   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time you had to make an important decision.   Answer Question

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Target in March 2010.

Interview Details – I was contacted via phone to set up a telephone interview. The phone interview began with questions about my current job and experience. The meat of the interview with this company will consist of behavioral questions where the interviewer will say "tell me about a time when......".
The phone interview went well so I am now preparing for the next stage which is two 1:1 interviews and a written test in the same morning. This process takes place at the corporate office in Minneapolis, MN.

Prepare yourself by thinking about past experiences where you solved problems. And remember: Think of positive outcomes for each.

People that I've dealt with inside the organization are polite and professional. They are highly selective from what I hear.

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The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Target in July 2010.

Interview Details – Relatively standard interview process- started on the phone and asked the basic questions on background and examples of leadership, personal initiative, etc. then invited to speak to team members for back to back interviews. no surprises there. nothing out of the norm. a mix of behavioral questions that need to be structured and organized when giving the answer.

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