Borders Bookseller Interview Questions

Updated Aug 3, 2015
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Bookseller Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Germantown, MD
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Borders (Germantown, MD) in September 2011.

Interview

I was in a group interview for my first interview. Along with all of the other candidates we discussed books and interests. Second interview was with two members of management who asked me more dedicated questions about work and ethic.

Interview Questions

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southgate, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Borders (Southgate, MI) in August 2011.

    Interview

    One interview with manager.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a time that you were expected to provide excellent customer service in a negative situation?   Answer Question
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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pleasanton, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Borders (Pleasanton, CA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    There was one group interview, after which I was offered a position. Customer service experience was a key factor.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your biggest weakness?   1 Answer
    • What steps would you take to control shrink?   1 Answer
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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Borders (New York, NY) in January 2010.

    Interview

    I submitted an online application and customer service exam. I received a telephone call the next day from the training supervisor asking me to come in for an interview. Had a great interview with him and shortly after (within a few minutes) had a similar interview with an Ops Manager. Received an offer the next day.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Borders (Atlanta, GA) in October 2009.

    Interview

    I had applied online several weeks prior to being called. I received a phone call from the assistant manager who did a brief phone interview and scheduled an in-store interview. That interview went on for more than an hour. I was then scheduled for a 2nd interview with the actual manager, which took place the following week. This also went on for over an hour. Ridiculously redundant, everything could have been wrapped up in one interview. If only the real manager has the final say, then that person should be conducting all interviews instead of wasting candidates' time and the company's time.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had something very challenging to handle, and how did you deal with it?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and how did you handle it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    What negotiation? The position pays $8.00 an hour, take it or leave it.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Borders (Houston, TX) in October 2009.

    Interview

    I went to a job fair at a local staffing agency and was interviewed by the general manager. She asked me why I wanted to work at Borders, what my work history was like, and what kind of books I liked and to what degree. That was it. I was offered a job that day.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was not able to negotiate, but I did receive a (small) raise every review period.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Borders (Vancouver, WA) in November 2008.

    Interview

    This is overall a fun place to work. During the interview they asked about what books I was currently reading and what CD's I had in my car...then they asked me to "sell" them one of the items as if they were a customer. I interviewed with the general manager and two assistant managers. It was a little intimidating but they just want to make sure that you are comfortable with face to face interaction. Be ready to answer a bunch of scenario questions such as what would you do if....a customer was angry about blah blah blah those sorts of things.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate my pay but my advice is to tell them you are interested in working in the cafe, they pay more there than out on the floor.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mayaguez, PR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Borders (Mayaguez, PR) in October 2008.

    Interview

    Was interviewed by two managers. Asked what success meant to me.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Flexible.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Borders (Chicago, IL) in August 2007.

    Interview

    Very conversational and friendly. We even had coffee during the interview. Probably one of the more pleasant interviews I attended.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    The hourly rate of pay was set already, and relatively non-negotiable.

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Borders in August 2011.

    Interview

    Came in to turn in a paper application and asked for a manager. Sat down with store manager for 20 minutes and interviewed for job.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your availablility   1 Answer
    • What is your experience in retail/bookselling?   1 Answer
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