Target Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Oct 27, 2014
Updated Oct 27, 2014
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Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

Standard behavioral questions "tell me about a time..." They really like team and collaborative examples. Also, try to use their lingo as much as possible: "the guest", "she wants", "surprise and delight".

Interview Questions
  • they were pretty straightforward. They will definitely ask about a time of interpersonal conflict and press you hard on commitment to Minneapolis if you're not from the Midwest.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
No ability to negotiate for this role as they hire in large classes of people for the same role.
Accepted Offer

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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    All of my interviews took place by phone because I lived in Philadelphia at the time. There were two phone interviews mostly asking team-oriented questions. After the second interview, I received an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There is possibly room to negotiate if you are moving a far distance to work at the headquarters. However, I do not know anyone who negotiated their salary for an entry-level analyst position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Target in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Scheduled a phone interview with a recruiter, he was pretty cool, very responsive in the interview. Passed the phone screening with flying colors, recruiter even expedited the interview process for me. Was told if I passed the assessment I would be flown out. I didn't pass the assessment, it was a super intense critical thinking based assessment that I don't think was that hard I just became a little overwhelmed because it wasn't what I expected based on other reviews I had seen. I'm very confident that if I took it again I would do just fine.

    Interview Questions
    • The assessment was tough but not impossible. Questions in phone interview were based hypothetical situation and behavioral based.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Target in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume and application through Target career website. Received an email from a recruiter to setup a short phone interview. The first batch of questions were about interest in the position, the company, and relocation. The second set was a rundown of your resume and other pretty standard questions. The recruiter was very polite in all communication and very transparent about the process

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Target in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied through my university, and the recruiter responded in two days asking to set up an preliminary phone interview. The first interview lasted about 30 minutes, including time for questions at the end, and was very informal and conversational. The interviewer was very friendly, which kept the interview from seeming too intimidating. I was then told that within a week I would find out whether I had been chosen to continue on in the process. A week later, we set up a second phone interview, about 30 minutes, that mainly consisted of behavioral questions, in the STAR format. I found out soon after that I had been selected to continue to the final process, which was a full day at the Target HQ in Minneapolis. This final process consisted of 2 1:1 interviews, which was made up of further behavioral and situation based questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What would your current or previous employers say is your biggest strength, and weakness?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Target in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I went to an information session at my college, applied online by submitting my resume, and received an email saying I needed to complete an intelligence test before the process could continue. There is a pretty difficult math/graph section and an easier (in my opinion) logic section. I found out about a week after submitting my application that I got a first-round interview on campus which consisted of a 1:1 interview with four behavioral-based questions. The interviewer does not respond much to what you say, and just writes a lot, so it is not a very interactive interview at all. This doesn't mean you are not doing well, though. There is time for questions at the end. About 1 week later, I received an email from my recruiter saying I had been selected for 2nd round interviews at headquarters. The interview day at headquarters took place 3 weeks later. It is a full day (9 to 5). Most of the day you ask lots of questions to business analysts, buyers, etc. They provide lunch and do a presentation. Then there are 2, half hour, 4-question behavior based interviews, very similar to the first round. There is a reception at the end of the day with all of the candidates (about 50 of us there on my interview day). I interviewed on a Friday and found on the following Tuesday that I had an offer!

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time that you had to work with a team to solve a complex problem.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you had to sort through a lot of difficult information in a short period of time.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Target in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Target's hiring process was fairly good, overall. I applied on their Career Site for my position and received a call from a recruiter about a week later. The recruiter was an awesome guy; definitely lived up to Target's "fast, fun, and friendly" mantra. The initial interview was very relaxed and comfortable; simple background information type questions. My recruiter informed me of my moving on in the process before we ended our initial conversation. I was then informed of an impending intelligence test, which consisted of a lot of math/finance based questions. We were later told that it is "used to filter out the idiots, because on an intelligence scale of 1-10, everyone at Target is at least an 8.5. I passed, had my second interview, which was all behavioral based questions and again, was informed before the conversation ended that I would be invited to their HQ for the final round of interviews.

    The event was very well-done. Put me up in a hotel for 2 nights, paid for literally everything...flights, hotel, food, transportation, etc. Arrived at HQ, which is beautiful, and started the day off with a couple speakers, a review of the day (they have a detailed schedule for you personally), and a Q&A. You will be enjoying the day with at least 20 other potential candidates, but all the interviews are individualized. 2 interviews -- one with a senior member of the staff and one with someone at the director level -- all behavioral based. The day ends with some paperwork and a nice reception, at which point, a lot of the executives came down and talked to us.

    Received my contingent offer a week later; after completion of a drug test (must be done within 24 hours), and background check, a firm offer is in place and that's it.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult or unpopular decision?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you used your analytical abilities to solve a complex problem?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Came in at a salary higher than they initially told us, so I was happy. For the BA positions, most of the salaries are pre-determined based on education level and work experience, so there will not be much wiggle room.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Target in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    After applying online 4 months before, I received a call to have a 30 minute phone interview of all behavioral-based interviews. After that, I had two 30 minute behavioral-based interviews at the HQ. After that, I received an offer three business days later.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time that you worked with someone and knew something was wrong with them without them telling you.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was a $50,000 salary and $2,000 for relocation. I did not negotiate the offer and accepted after one day of consideration.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Target in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to Target by a friend's friend.

    Target initially contacted me via phone and asked to set up a time to have a 30 minute phone conversation a few days later. That conversation was fairly casual and consisted of questions about my interests and academic/work background. They asked a few Situation | Action | Result (SAR) questions. At the end of this conversation, they asked me to come to Target for their day long interview program, scheduled a couple weeks later.

    The interview program is all day. The morning consists of a presentation about Target, Minneapolis, and the position. Then you shadow a Business Analyst for about an hour. Finally there is a lunch with a current manager. Throughout all of this, ask lots of questions and be energetic and dynamic.

    The afternoon consists of two 1:1 interviews, each lasting about 30 minutes. Each interview asks 3-4 SAR questions, and there is plenty of time for you to ask them questions. The interviewers are friendly and more than happy to repeat a question, etc.

    The program is on a Friday, and I received my offer the following Wednesday. There is little salary/benefits negotiation, as this position is fairly standard, and there are many applicants joining the program.

    My advice: be extremely energetic and dynamic. Target is young, smart, and trendy, and they want their employees to reflect that. Ask lots of questions. Be sure Target's culture is a good fit for you.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you were working with others on a project, and they disagreed with your ideas   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you confronted a minor issue   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Little negotiation. If you need relocation costs, you can probably negotiate a bit there.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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