I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million.
Interview Details – The manager was the first person I met. After greetings, she began to ask me about the online test that you have to take pre-employment. The one that asks you dumb questions like: Have you ever taken office supplies home? As if we'll never get a job again if we've taken a pencil home... lol. Next, She said: It's all about Membership cards, auto-renewals, and Magazines. You're base salary will be around Min. Wage, but you have the opportunity to augment your paycheck by commissions from your Memberships, auto-renews, and Magazines. It sounded difficult, because I had never sold something that in my opinion, people didn't want already. Therefore, the title Bookseller, is a misnomer.
Interview Question – Do you believe you will be able to sell Membership Cards, Auto-Renewals, and Magazines View Answer
Negotiation Details – No Negotiation on price. Typically, you will get between 7.25 and 7.50 depending on your personality.
I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in August 2013.
Interview Details – Called almost a month after my application, had a brief ten minute phone interview in which the manager seemed very excited to have me come in and do another interview.
Interview Question – Unexpected was how aggressively they want you to sell their membership cards. They asked me to give an example of how I would sell the card with no prior knowledge. Then I was shown how they sell the cards and their pitch made me feel very uncomfortable Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was told I would be 30-40 hours a week and get commision up to $15 an hour after intense training (which I never recieved)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Books-A-Million in July 2013.
Interview Details – This interview was a total mess. I was not informed that it was to be a group interview. The store manager was in the back with her keyholder and her daughter (age 7.) They talked and joked about the little girl's employment and current employees while we (the interviewees) were filling out questionnaires. Both were exceptionally unprofessional. We were then encouraged to go find a product from the store and sell it to them, learn about another person in the group interview and sell that person to them, and pick general HR questions out of a hat to answer. Now, I appreciate the selling tactic as a tool to figure out if we should be in retail, but I dislike that selling the stupid discount card and magazine subscriptions are so deeply apart of this position that it seems to be the only skill they are hiring for. Knowledge or experience seemed a distant second. Also, all this for a minimum wage mall job. Ugh.
Interview Question – Go find something in the store to sell to me/talk to your competition and then explain to me why I should hire them. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I got an offer for a second interview. I had accepted another position but would not have gone back. The location was too far away for making min wage and seemed like a lot of stress (for such a bad position.)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Books-A-Million.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by the manager of the store. She was very friendly. The questions were very straightforward, regarding my availability, past experiences, etc. Unfortunately, I was asked to sell a rubberband to her. I get very anxious and stumbled over my words, but I made it creative and I think she appreciated that. She very heavily pushed the fact that we have to sell, sell, sell the cards. I wasn't really into that.
Interview Question – "Sell me this rubberband." Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I didn't feel like the position was the right fit for me. I'm not a pushy salesperson by nature.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Books-A-Million in June 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and received a call about a week after. I was interviewed by someone who normally didn't do interviews. I was asked if I would be able to sell the rewards card to customers.They will ask about work experience. I was asked why I wanted to work there and what I liked to read. I was also asked when I would be available. I guess my schedule for school wouldn't work out with them. I was told they would call me back, but I received no call.
Interview Question – I wasn't really asked any difficult questions. Just what I liked to read, and If I would be able to sell the rewards card. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in April 2013.
Interview Details – I called them first after I completed the application online. Then they called me a few days later for an interview. I was then interviewed by two managers and one of them was an assitance manager. They were telling me if I was able to promote selling books A Million cards to customers.
Interview Question – Noting too difficult, I answered the questions the best I could and they mostly were Why do you want to work here? I answered and told them that I have an interest in the job and the books as well but mostly the customers. Other things I told them where my experiences and how it can be useful for this position. They didn't call me after the interview and I didn't get the job even though I would like to work there. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Books-A-Million in February 2013.
Interview Details – A matter of luck. They hardly look at applications at all, I just got lucky that they needed someone at the time I walked in to ask about a job. All they really care about is whether or not you can sell rewards cards well. If you can convince them of that, then you have a good shot at getting hired.
Interview Question – What do you do if you have to help a customer but don't know the answer to their question, or how to help them? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Books-A-Million in February 2013.
Interview Details – The first person I met with was the assistant manager. She was very friendly and was able to schedule me for an interview within a 2 week period. I was interviewed by the General Manager who was also very nice. He hired me on the spot, and the paperwork process was fairly simple.
Interview Question – Do you mind working very late hours? View Answer
Negotiation Details – This job starts minimum wage at entry-level.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Books-A-Million in September 2012.
Interview Details – Easy interview. Very straightforward. My interview lasted about 45 minutes. It was mostly just sitting and talking. I got the job within a few days. Most questions were just about scheduling and school. Giving a sales pitch during the interview was quite difficult because I had just learned the details of what a discount card was.
Interview Question – Giving a sales pitch for the discount card was really tough Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Books-A-Million.
Interview Details – I submitted two applications actually and got a call back a week or two after the second one. You had to do a questionnaire online that was just asking about how to handle customer situations and what kind of person you are. At the interview though I wasn't actually asked a thing other than what was already on the paper in front of the manager. It was all a rundown of their magazine and discount card sales. For the 45 minutes I was there I could have just read an e-mail of what all was expected from me. I was informed there would have to be a second interview with someone else before I could get the job but I didn't take it.
Interview Question – Do you feel confident in your ability to sell things to the public? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I'm not a sales person and I didn't apply to become one.
Pros: The environment and product list made it fun and very interesting to be involved in. Great products and good prices. – Full Review
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