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Half Price Books Reviews

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    Great company to work for with fun co-workers

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Cashier in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Half Price Books full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility of schedule, patient and understanding management, co-workers and managers that love their jobs, ability to borrow books and music.

    Cons

    Slightly inadequate heating in our location made for some cold days at work during the winter.

    Recommends

Half Price Books Interviews

Updated Feb 22, 2015
Updated Feb 22, 2015

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    Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Half Price Books.

    Interview Details

    Staff was very friendly and the interview was quite casual, the interviewer was very talkative and upbeat and seemed to enjoy conducting the interview. Almost all of the questions were about what section I would direct people to if they were looking for a certain book or type of book or giving them recommendations on the fly based on popular titles. There were two paper questionnaires as well which I was given to fill out during the course of the interview. One was more freeform and had more recommendation questions, while the other was a quiz on what authors might be found in certain sections and the authors of famous books e.g. Alice in Wonderland.

    Interview Questions
    • What book are you reading right now?
      What book would you recommend to someone who came in asking for books like (example)?
      What makes you the best candidate for the job?
       
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Website www.halfpricebooks.com
Headquarters Dallas, TX
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1972
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Half Price Books tries to live up to its name and its hippie roots. The bookstore chain sells used and new books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and music. Only about half of the merchandise it sells is new. Its roughly 110 stores are located in more than 15 states, primarily Texas. Its wholesale catalog division, Texas Bookman, reprints classics and other public domain works. Half Price Books has grown slowly but steadily; its stores keep a small-company look with secondhand and employee-made furnishings. The company was started by Ken Gjemre and Pat Anderson (late mom of... More

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