I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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!
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Target in October 2011.
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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.
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.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Target in June 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 Question – 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.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Target in May 2011.
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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.
Negotiation Details – Little negotiation. If you need relocation costs, you can probably negotiate a bit there.
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