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Barnes & Noble Interview Questions in New York, NY

Updated Dec 13, 2014
Updated Dec 13, 2014
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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, 2 weeks later received phone call to interview for the following day, Interview lasted 45 minutes with 2 different managers on the same day. Asked canned questions they read off a form they need to fill out, asked me a few questions, then asked me to approve for a background check four days later asked for 2 references, Next day received and offer.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you Sell or membership cards?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Non-negociable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Barnes & Noble.

    Interview Details

    3 rounds of interviews - HR by phone, hiring manager by phone, hiring manager in person and Director in person. Each round was thirty minutes to an hour. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. I was asked detailed questions around past work experience and knowledge of the job in question. It is a corporate environment so I wore a suit.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Graphic Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, and got the email informing me about a phone interview on the next day. The interview was nice, but I didn't get the offer because the recruiter thought I don't have the passion in the technical field.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Barnes & Noble.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and few hours later someone called to set up an interview. We had a mini phone interview (why b&n). Set up interview for same day. It was at the cafe in store

    Interview Questions
    • what books are you reading atm, what is your fave book, how would you approach a customer etc.- just smile and seem approachable   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation. $8
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Barnes & Noble.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. a few weeks later got a phone call asking if was still interested. Had a short talk with all the standard "why do you want to work here," what book experience do you have" etc. Then a date set for a 30 minute in person interview in a crowded office where people kept coming and going. Pretty standard stuff. Asked if I could deal with being thrown in the deep end with little training. When I said yes, I did not know I would handed to perhaps the crappiest trainer I have ever had who was downright hostile to me (and customers). The two asst managers I dealt with were REALLY good and I immediately respected them.

    a simple criminal check, no drug or financial check.

    Interview Questions
    • what is your favorite book- (answer does not matter) now sell me that book. Why should I buy it. (which was a pretty good question I thought. A little difficult to keep a straight face when told things about industry I knew were not true, but that's the party line.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They promised to try and get me a small increase as I had so much experience, but then AFTER being hired said they could not as I was only a temp. I got the feeling they only hire temps to see if they work out.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had no experience. I applied online, and I received a call within three days asking me to come in for an interview. The caller asked me to dress professionally, and was very specific about what not to wear. The interview itself was very casual and laid-back, and it took place in the employee office. The interviewer was extremely nice and smiling. She made sure you were comfortable and tried to make you relax. She didn't ask me any unexpected questions at all. Some of the things she asked me were why I wanted to work at Barnes & Noble, what my favorite book was, if I was authorized to work, if I was familiar with the store layout, what my availability was, what my parents worked as... then, she asked the store manager to speak to me, and this lady was even nicer than the previous one. Again, she asked me very straightforward questions: if I knew how to gift wrap, if I wanted to pursue higher education, what I wanted a career in, what genre was my favorite, if I was familiar with big-gun authors etc etc. Nothing difficult at all. She then told me that she would stay in touch with me to let me know what my next steps were.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your favorite book, favorite genre and why?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation, because I wanted the experience more than I wanted the pay. However, the employers seemed very flexible when it came to timings. Not so much when it came to the wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    The job interview process was very fair i walk in there and i was glad the manager was there he said he was short and ask if i had experience as a barista once i said yes he just checked my class schedule and said he would interview a few more people before call me with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was the names and how to to do every drink in the cafe.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Children's Lead Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Barnes & Noble.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by a manager. It was an easy interview for a customer service job. It was a long time ago so I don't really remember the specifics. I was asked about my education and my retail work experience background and asked what my favorite book was. That was my experience I'm not really sure what else to add here.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    It was a very easy interview. I met with the assistant manager in a closet-cum-interview office, and he asked me a few questions about my previous experience, what I'm reading lately, and why I was interested in working at Barnes and Noble.
    Unfortunately, he told me that a nearby location was closing soon, and that they'd have to absorb some of the former employees after the holiday season.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Barnes & Noble in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview with Director of Internal Audit

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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