Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Target (Minneapolis, MN) in October 2014.
My university hosted a career/internship fair and Target attended. I had met with a few recruiters prior to this fair, and had formed great connections. I spoke with more Target employees at the career fair, and really felt great about my upcoming interview. Additionally, I attended a meet-and-greet event that Target hosted. My interview happened to be with a man that I met at the meet-and greet event, so it was nice to see a familiar face. The interview was very conversational, my interviewer asked 5 behavioral questions. I was surprised when I received a standard HR email 3 weeks later saying that they had hired other candidates. It left a very bad taste in my mouth that I was treated as a number instead of a person after all of the work that I had put into the interview process and all of the quality connections that I had made.
- Describe a situation in which you needed to utilize multiple sources to solve a problem. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Target (Minneapolis, MN) in October 2014.
Met with recruiters for a first time during the career fair and my university and then a second time at a networking event hosted by the business school. After that I applied online and was accepted for an interview. The interview was basic behavioral questions, but the key was the networking done before hand. Got an offer two days after the interview.
- Tell me about a time when...all behavioral of situational Answer Question
No negotiating at the internship level
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied on-campus. I had previously known the recruiter through a student organization and ended up interviewing with her for the internship. I had 1 30-minute interview that was strictly behavioral. After that, I got the offer about two weeks later. It's a competitive internship even though the interview is fairly straightforward. They look for personality and potential more than hardcore technical ability.
- No difficult questions. Just know your resume. They pretty much just say "tell me about a time when..." and you need to talk about a past experience where you dealt with adversity, bad teammates, etc. Answer Question
It was for an internship, no negotiations when you're with 300 other interns at the corporate headquarters.
Helpful (5)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Target (Minneapolis, MN) in September 2014.
The overall interview process was amazing! Go to LinkedIn and message a recruiter to avoid your application falling into a black hole. Use the STAR method to answer all behavioral questions. 1. The initial phone screen is about 15-20 minutes of "Why Target?" and "Tell me about yourself." as well as moving to the Twin Cities. As an overall theme, keep in mind that Target aims to sell you to live in Minneapolis and make sure that you fit into the culture. 2. I had a behavioral style "Tell me about a time when..." with the same person who did the phone screen. I recommend looking up Target's leadership values and that it really promotes itself as a "Fun, Fast and Friendly" environment so keep in mind teamwork and camaraderie in your answers (such as how you made others more productive), but the magic word here is "I" because they interview YOU, not your coworkers. On the spot, I got an invite to fly out on-site to HQ in Minneapolis. 3. Be prepared for a super-day at HQ, but they do take care of you such as a per-diem spending. While you're at HQ from 9-5, the two one-on-one interviews are only from 1-2. Again, behavioral, but now with senior managers. Just follow Target's FFF and also other things that make you well rounded like an interest to move in Minneapolis, love of community service or interest in one of the leadership councils. Following the interviews, there is a reception. Be sure to network with your interviewers as well as every Target employee! Like I said before, Target does give you the 360-view of Minneapolis so take the bus tour Saturday morning. Target hires talent over anything. Don't get too hung up in how technical your degree is, but instead just check out the culture at Target and how much you can expect to grow at the company for a career. Also, expect a lot of current seniors who graduate a semester early at your super-day from the Midwest. It can be rather shocking for someone not from the Midwest.
- 1. Tell me about a time you used multiple sources of information to make a decision in the workplace. 2. Tell me about a time you used resilience to improve yourself. 3. Tell me about a time when you were able to work under minimal supervision and with little guidance. Answer Question
No negotiation, but rather salary depends on experience. My offered salary was higher than the one we spoke about during the initial phone screen so I was happy.
Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
For the internship, the process was extremely simple. A lot of the questions were behavioral based, so make sure you have concrete and specific examples so the recruiter can learn more about your management and learning styles. After the first round interview you will be asked to complete a basic assessment of math, logical, and verbal questions, and then a second round of more behavior questions will be conducted. The whole process in itself takes about 2 weeks, and I got an offer only a couple of days after my second round interview.
- Overall, I felt that the process was fairly simple. Just be sure to be concise. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Target in September 2014.
All the previous posts here are very helpful. CAUTION: Be careful when accepting the job offer. I was hired in October 2014 to start in January 2015. I thought Target was a solid company so I accepted the job offer. However, a month before my start, I received a call from HR. They told me that after Target's yearly review, they decided to let go of all the Business Analysts that were supposed to start in January. In addition to this, I was from out of state and had just moved to MN a few days before receiving the call. This was devastating for me and so I advise all of you to be careful when accepting a job offer from Target.
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- Declined Offer
Heard back about three weeks after I applied. Hiring manager was interested in interviewing me for that position plus other positions. Phone interview and then two 1:1 interviews with two hiring managers.
- Where I thought my career could go at Target if I took this position. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Decided I didn't want to pursue
Helpful (1)No Offer
All of the questions they asked were behavioral. Follow their suggestions and you will be just fine. They will push you to elaborate on your examples if they don't hear those key words that they are hoping to.
- Tell us about a time that you were asked to do something that you really didn't like. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Target.
An initial phone screen followed by an online assessment including logic puzzles. Then an all day recruiting event at the headquarters including two half hour interviews with senior buyers. There were also several presentations on the Minneapolis area, a panel discussion with current BA's and a presentation from a current senior buyer who explained their career path.
- Tell me about a time where you had to give a report to a manager or superior, how did you present and how did you decide what information to put in the presentation? Answer Question
Not negotiable since it is entry level and I am just coming out of college.
- Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Target.
They came to my campus and I gave them my resume at a career fair. The recruiters were very nice and personable. The interview was a week later in person and and on my campus. I interviewed one-on-one and the interview was pretty basic. Entirely behavioral, no cases or tough questions. I was hired a couple of weeks later for their summer internship.
- Tell me about a time when you had conflict with somebody and how you worked it out. Answer Question
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