Books-A-Million Interview Questions

Updated Jun 16, 2015
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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Laredo, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Books-A-Million (Laredo, TX).

    Interview

    Brief and to-the-point interview process; was asked specific questions and given valuable information about the importance of the company and customer service. From the interview to my work now, I feel very comfortable with the workings of the company and the store as well as the people I work with--company team members are always friendly and helpful.

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  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charleston, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Books-A-Million (Charleston, SC).

    Interview

    It was very informal, lasting maybe ten minutes with the AGM and another 3-5 with the GM. They asked why I was interested, whether I had worked in retail before, and what value I would bring to the team - pretty generic stuff. It was not the kind of interview that required any strenuous prep work.

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    • They did ask how much I expected to earn.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Portland, ME
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Books-A-Million (South Portland, ME).

    Interview

    I was very patient as the store was understaffed. The interview was 30 minutes late and the interviewer had to leave and come back almost 4 times to back up in various parts of the store.

    Interview Questions

    • When would you be able to start?   1 Answer
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    PHP Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Books-A-Million.

    Interview

    Over the phone with Corporate then face to face with team leader in Nashville, office was worse than a startup in a garage, I would be ashamed if this was the corporate IT department in my company...what an embarrassment

    Interview Questions

    • Technical Stuff   1 Answer
    • Questions were authored by another developer not available, so they were flying blind   1 Answer

    Books-A-Million Response

    Mar 10, 2015VP of HR

    We are always interested in feedback from candidates who are interested in working with Books-A-Million. Thanks for letting us know about your experience.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southaven, MS
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Books-A-Million (Southaven, MS) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online. Filled out a survey. Went to the store. Talked to the gm and agm. Both clearly liked me. They always said they were going to call me back. Once they said three days. I waited till the fourth to call them. Then they said another week. A week later, no call. I then called again, they asked for my phone number...again. They said they were going to run a background check. A week later I got the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer
    • When are you available?   1 Answer
    • What are your interests?   Answer Question
    • What would you do if we were really slow and you had to sell 10 discount cards?   1 Answer
  7.  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Books-A-Million in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and contacted by store GM about 3 days later. Arrived for interview and had to wait about 10 minutes as I guess this was a change in shift. Very small store, so GM could not leave the register while change over happened. Going into the back office the GM told associate that she was going to interview me and would not be long. "Interview" was interrupted every 5 minutes by associate who needed assistance with (whatever he needed assistance with). At end of interview I was told if they decided to move forward I would have phone interview with RM & DMIT. Very first question of interview was if I was aware of the discount card, which echoes store reviews on glassdoor as to it's importance to BAM. 2nd question was about magazine subscriptions. Not very organized as GM would not follow up or remember what question she last asked before the various interruptions.

    Interview Questions

    • I was very surprised that I had to ask what the salary and hours were. Even more surprised (which I think showed on my face) when I inquired and was told $24k was the salary for a 40 hour work week. I guess they'll continue to hire inexperienced high school kids or otherwise. This is only a living wage if you're living with mommy & daddy. Not worth my time to interview.   Answer Question
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    P/T Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Books-A-Million.

    Interview

    I was interviewed in an odd process where I listened to the manager complain about her job for 30 min. Literally, all the woman did was complain and whine about her job, how the "higher-ups" abused the workers(actually she used the word describing the solid end result of the digestive process), and how she was expected to enforce her work force hassling the customers to buy magazine subscriptions and discount cards or else suffer cut hours or being made redundant.

    Interview Questions

    • Why the hell do you want to work retail?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None

  9.  

    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Books-A-Million.

    Interview

    Informal, one-on-one interview with a manager and standard interview questions going off of the information provided in my application. Also, lots of question/discussion about books, of course: favorite genres, favorite authors, what book I'd read most recently, etc. It wasn't high pressure, and I actually found it pretty fun.

    The manager seemed uncomfortable with my level of education though, since I already had a bachelors in hand. I had just started graduate school at the time and was looking for a part-time position to last me through the 2-3 years of my program. Even though I said I expected to stay for at least two years, she said she was concerned I would leave them early. I did not get an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What assurance do I have that you won't start and then just leave us?   Answer Question
  10.  

    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Books-A-Million.

    Interview

    I applied online for the Bookseller position then received a call a week later asking if I'd like to set up an interview. The interview took place over at their Joe Muggs coffee shop and was pretty laid back. I was asked about my previous job experience and was told more about the position. It wasn't a long interview and I was told that it was a two step interview process, and that I would receive a call later that day or tomorrow to set up another interview. I never received a call back and I did not get the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you comfortable with using computers/new technology.   1 Answer
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    Joe Muggs Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hanover, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Books-A-Million (Hanover, MD).

    Interview

    It was very informal, they have a list of questions that are pretty standard. It was clear that they were desperate to hire someone. I actually applied to be a bookseller but the manager (who has since been fired) persuaded me to work for the coffee shop instead. No drug test the whole time, but this was a few years ago.

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