Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Barnes & Noble
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Barnes & Noble (New York, NY).
Good wasn't so bad wanted to know your personal interest. very nice brief straight to the point. overall it was regular it was one on one had to watch a video and walk around the floor to meet people. It was a good interview.
- do you like books 1 Answer
Helpful (8)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Barnes & Noble.
Applied online. They called me the next day for an interview the day after that. The interviewer went through a list of pre-made questions on a paper. The usual stuff, like why do you want to work there, how did you deal with unhappy customers in your previous job. They told me they would call the next day either way, never did.
- What have you read lately? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Barnes & Noble (Holyoke, MA) in July 2015.
It was only 30 minutes long. Easy questions that I could easily prepare for. Only related to thing that had to wih the job at hand I was applying for.
- What is your relationship with books? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Barnes & Noble (New York, NY).
Easy, just said why I would be a good fit for the job and how I loved customer service. She asked a couple of questions about work experience, and my passions.
- What was the last book you read? 1 Answer
Helpful (13)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
The interview was brief and by the end of it you can definitely tell if you got the job or not. They ask the most basic general interview questions and get you in and out of there within a half hour. I had a one on one and the position was offered to me the next day. Be friendly, be passionate about books, and emphasize your abilities to help people.
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Barnes & Noble (Las Vegas, NV) in June 2015.
Had two interviews, was interviewed by 3 people. The first two people were a bit more intimidating because this is my first job, and answering questions such as "describe a conflict with a coworker" was a bit difficult for me. The second interview was with the hiring manager and it was a bit more casual. I was asked the same questions by all the interviewers, so I got some practice. Getting an interview was harder than the interview itself. When I got hired, 600 other people had applied and there was 1 spot. I was really persistent with calling and leaving my name, stopping by sometimes, and they eventually looked at my application. Since they don't call in many people, if you are really outgoing in your interview and just show them that you really want to work there, then you should have a pretty good shot. Also, when they asked what book I would recommend to others (Contact by Carl Sagan), the ASM was like AAAAHHH NO WAY I LOVE SAGAN and then we just casually talked about Sagan and his awesomeness. Then the next manager seemed to like me and then asked me to come to another interview. After the hiring manager interviewed me she offered me the job right away. So just answer the questions the best you can and don't worry if you're struggling a bit. I did and I got the job.
- If a customer asked you for a book recommendation, what would you recommend to them and why? 1 Answer
- How would you handle a situation where a customer wanted to buy a book that was damaged, it was the only one left, and they needed it right then? 1 Answer
- If you were the only one working at customer services, had 3+ customers in line, the phone started ringing, backup was needed at cash wrap, etc., what would you do? 1 Answer
- What would you do if a customer was upset about something? 1 Answer
You start with minimum wage. I got the impression that they give raises but I'm not sure.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Barnes & Noble (White Plains, NY) in June 2015.
The guy was pretty cool and welcoming. Was very open and actually seem interested in what you had to say. Laid back and held it in the middle of the cafe so it was a tad bit distracting. Asked a lot of questions but the interview itself went through relatively fast.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took a week – interviewed at Barnes & Noble.
Phone screening, one in person interview. Basic "tell me about yourself", strengths and weakness kind of thing. They explained the job and stressed memberships. Ran through scenario questions and previous experience working in retail.
- What do you do when dealing with a difficult customer? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person – interviewed at Barnes & Noble.
Quick and easy. same question any other retail chain will ask. 1:1 with the Store Manger for about 30 minutes. Very relaxed. Questions were from a questionnaire , following Company directives.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Barnes & Noble.
Applied online. Didn't get hired, they needed someone with more experience. I visit there often just to study so there was no bad feelings. And the last time I went they already hired someone new.
- What's your favorite cafe drink? 1 Answer
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