Target Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Floor Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Villa Park, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Villa Park, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Target in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    First a phone interview. When you pass the phone interview you get an in-person interview at the store. I interviewed with 2 leads the same day and got hired. Then you have a few hours of orientation for your first day.

    On the phone interview they mostly want to see what your availability will be. They told me that if I was available 7 days a week they would hire me. Then after you are done with your 90 day probation period you can change the availability if you want.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. I had to have availability 7 days a week, and I started out with $8.25 an hour, which I believe is minimum wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Cart Attendant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orland Park, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orland Park, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Target in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied online on snagajob.com for seasonal sales team member and seasonal cart attendant. About a week later, I was told I would have a phone interview, then after I passed that there was an in-person interview. Before the interview they had me fill out a 50 question multiple choice test to see if I fit the company. I was offered the job after the in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If a product rings up at a higher price than the customer says what should you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Target in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    After filling out an application online, I recieved a call about 2 days later to schedule a phone interview for the next day. During the phone interview, they verified my availability and asked some situational questions. At the end, she scheduled me for an in person interview the next morning. When I got there, I took a quick assessment, then waited for the manager to come out. She took me back to the offices, watched a quick video, then she asked me some more situational and behavioral questions. She left me in her office and said another manager would be jn shortly. The next manager immediately offered me the position, contingent upon a drug test. Overall, I found the interview process easy, but a lot more extensive than I expected for a part time cashier position.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you realized you made a mistake.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you delivered great customer service.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had to complete a lot of different tasks in a short period of time.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Overnight Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wheeling, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wheeling, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Target in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Was a pretty simple interview with easy questions talking about working with others and past mistakes.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 25 people found this helpful  

    Executive Team Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Target in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Disclaimer: I will tell you right now, this is a VERY long interview process. So, if you’re desperate for a job or not really that into this position, don’t waste your time.
    After my referral, I received an invitation to apply with Target as an ETL and then a second email requesting that I take a personality/ intelligence test. These are not huge. Just be yourself and use your best judgment. I will give you this one hint though: you ARE in the top 5% of leaders. BE CONFIDENT. Now, the intelligence test is a different story. Tip: Google and calculators are your friend.
    Don’t pay too much attention to learning about the company. Work in 1 or 2 facts to show you did your research. If you know anyone that works for Target DEFINTITELY utilize them. Go over the answers to your questions with them. Also, I don’t know if this is limited to my district, but most of my communications with Target were on Tuesdays. So if there is a week or two between calls, be patient.
    About a week after I completed the aforementioned materials, I received an email to schedule a phone interview with an STL in the district which I was applying (I was planning to move to the other end of the country—hence the phone interview). Other reviews will talk about how all the interviewers are warm and helpful…not the case in my experience. My experience was in no way negative. All I’m saying is that all of my interviewers had really good poker faces, which made the experience a bit unnerving. I am thinking this is because they are checking your attitude and confidence in the face of polite adversity. If you get an interviewer like this, just continue to be enthusiastic and positive whether the interviewer warms up or not.
    This interview was very structured, which can be hard. Basically, if you have any points to sell yourself that are not included in your 5 power stories that you will need to share, make sure you work them in the beginning of the interview before the 5 questions start. Once they ask the five questions, that’s all you get unless you can work selling points into the questions you will ask the interviewers.
    Taking a moment to talk about answering the 5 questions: they are behavioral questions to test your character and conflict management skills. Give STAR (situation, task, action result) answers. In your answers focus mostly on what YOU did specifically in the situation and what the result of your behavior was. Even if it is a negative story—sugar coat it. Put a positive spin on it. Target wants positive leaders. Use the questions on this website as samples and pick five stories that you can use for multiple questions (prepare 2 backups for a total of 7 stories). Use stories that exhibit these qualities: courage, respect, inspires others, problem solving/ strategizing, driving for results, accountability, ability to relate well to others, collaborates, innovates, ability to manage execution, effectively communicates. Be detailed but try to keep it short and sweet. These people do lots of interviews and are VERY busy, be considerate and don’t ramble. Follow this advice and you’ll do fine. I am normally a pro at interviewing, but I psyched myself out for this one even though I am more than qualified for the position. I was so nervous I was trembling and I still made it to the next round. Like I said, just read up on this website and you’ll be fine.
    Since I did not reside in the area I was interviewing for during the hiring process, I was offered to do skype interviews at a local Target. However, I did not want to take any chances and was looking for an excuse to go visit my family anyway, so I offered to make the trip up to interview in person. This worked to my advantage because they scheduled my last two interviews on the same day instead of having me spread them out (yay for my nerves!). **See negotiation**

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you were given consequences for a mistake you made and tell me what YOU did to fix it/ how you handled the situation.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had to change your leadership style and what the outcome was   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you came up with a creative solution/ took charge of a situation, they steps you took to tackle it and how it turned out   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had to confront a peer/supervisor   View Answer
    • tell me about a time you had to represent a group in bringing an issue to a superior. How did you do it and what was the outcome?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I arrived 15 mins early, fully suited up. My first interview was with the HR Business Partner. She was new to the job and very friendly and helpful. She had a much more approachable vibe and was easy to talk to. I was almost back at my full interview suave, despite my nerves. She asked me what leadership was to me, and to name a time I made sure someone else got credit, which I had prepared as a back up story (Thanks Glassdoor!) Other than that, the questions were pretty much the same as before.
     Then, I had my second interview...This was with the DTL. She had the same poker face thing going for her as the STL I interviewed with but x10. Also be ready for the 60 second commercial! I was NOT expecting that and ended up babbling through it. My mouth got so dry I believe I may have accidentally spit a little on her. I was extremely mortified but I pretended like it didn't happen and just tried to keep my composure through the interview. I kept the energy high and held fast my friendly face even though it was not reciprocated. Thanked everyone for meeting with me and made my way quickly to my car.
    I honestly was not sure if I was going to get a call back. I felt I did OK but it really could have gone either way Sure enough though, I got the call to do a follow up phone interview while I was at the airport. I think that was with the VP of HR. I'm told this is really just a formality and to make sure no one else missed something glaringly wrong with you. We discussed why I wanted to move, my strengths and weaknesses and when I would be able to start.
    At this point, I was expecting the next call from the recruiter to be an offer. Not the case. The recruiter called me about 5 days later to ask me the same questions as the VP HR and because I had not yet gotten to speak with her. Thankfully, after almost 2.5 months of interviewing, I was offered the job. I enthusiastically accepted.

    This is retail, sweet cheeks. You don't negotiate your salary (I suspect they have a sliding scale based on department). My offer was 48,000/year and I immediately said yes. From experience working with several other retailers, I can say Target really does have one of the most competitive packages around. My only complaint thus far is that their health insurance is pricey! i only paid $80 a month for the same coverage at my last job (pay was only 11/hr). You will see some reviews on here complaining about the hours and the weekends. Well, I am here to tell you that I have worked in the corporate world and you will work 60-65 hours a week there too, only you will hate your life twice as much. Retail is a comparatively LOW stress work environment (Target sells Toilet paper and floss, c'mon it's not like it's a brain surgery) Also, as an ETL it is rumored that you have every other weekend off. If you have ever waitressed, bar tended or worked at another retailer you know that this is AWESOME. If you aren't okay with giving up two weekends a month or working a lot of hours, the money will not be worth it for you and you probably shouldn't work in retail or recruiting.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Target Back Room Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hillside, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hillside, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Target in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, was called for interview. After two interviews with 2 different people I was told they would call me back within 8-10 days once HR went through my application.

    Interview Questions
    • How did you handle a mistake. and what did you do to fix it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Assistant Retail Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Target in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview lasted about 15 minutes. It was about 5 questions. You know the usual, so tell me about yourself. Then I was asked about a time when I thought my supervisor was wrong and how did I handle it. Next was, tell me about a time when you led a team. I thought the interview went well, but within 2 hours I got an email saying they choose to go with other applicants.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked about a time when I thought my supervisor was wrong and how did I handle it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Executive Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Target in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a friend who recently accepted an ETL position. I completed an online profile. I received an email with a link to the assessment. It was an online test with a lot of questions. They were personality, logic, analytic and management based. Very long, but I found them not to be too difficult as long as you have scratch paper.
     Few days later I received an email to set up a phone interview. I had that interview about a week later with an STL. I prepared by looking at this site. All the questions he asked were on here. It was relaxing and I felt confident. The next day I received an email that I was moving on in the process. I was to have 2 in person interviews. One with the DTL and one with HR. The next available time was about 3 weeks later. I prepped the same way: having my "power" stories ready, coming up with a 60 second commercial. Mostly used this site and the Target site for tips. VERY helpful. I didn't feel confident leaving those interviews. I had wished that I said things a different way or said more. Very professional interviews. I didnt feel comfortable with the DTL till it was my turn to ask her questions. I left thinking that I didnt get it.
    I got a call the next morning to set up a final phone interview that afternoon. It was with HR. Just a few last questions about strengths and weaknesses, why I wanted the job, etc. About 15 minutes. She was very personable. I felt confident. The next morning I received a call offering me the job! Contingent on a drug test and background check of course.

    I had a great experience interviewing with Target. It took a bit longer than I expected but everyone I met along the way was very friendly and genuinely enjoy working for Target.

     I think as long as you are prepared and friendly it should go well. Have a few stories that you can mold to apply to different questions. I was consistent with my examples throughout the process. I made sure that each situation was stated clearly and included my actions and the positive results. Keep a smile on your face and be excited. They also love when you ask them questions. It shows you are very interested in the job. That goes for any interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation where you made a mistake   View Answers (4)
    • Tell me about a time you came up with a creative solution to a problem   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you were on a team that needed to reach a common goal   Answer Question
    • Why Target? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? Give me your 60 second commercial.   Answer Question
    • What is leadership?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me $48,000 and full benefits. I believe that is the starting pay for an ETL. It is much more than I ever would have imagined for my first job out of college so I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Target in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    the interview process is about 5 interviews mostly phone , but a 1 will be in person. They use the STAR method of interviwing ( google it ) , and the process happens fairly quickly. Be prepared to take a drug test within 24 hrs notice

    Interview Questions
    • think about a time when you failed at something , and how did you make it better   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Target in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and scheduled an interview as soon as the application was complete. I had two in-person interviews. The first was with an HR member, the second was a week later with a sales manager. Most of the questions were basic questions about past experience and how I handle certain situations. Setting was pretty laid back.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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