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Barnes & Noble Seasonal Bookseller Interview Questions

Updated Jul 6, 2017
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Bookseller Seasonal Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Barnes & Noble.

Interview

I was called about 3 days after I applied and got an interview 2 days later. It was one on one with a manager. Questions were standard behavior questions that I answered with specific examples and results. How do you approach someone to help them? How do you handle a conflict with a Co-worker or manager? How do you handle when you get busy and are asked several things by several people? Are you okay being cross trained in the cafe? What is the last book you read or are reading? How do you keep track of what is new or coming out? Asked about my availability.

I then got my round 2 interview there with the store manager. I was asked pretty much the exact same questions and we had instant rapport. After 45 minutes total I was conditionally hired pending my background check which will be clear.

Schedule was not an issue - I need 2 nights a week off but am available any day. I could possibly get 40 hrs as well.

Overall pleasant experience.

Interview Questions

  • What type of books are you reading   1 Answer

Negotiation

Seasonal Booksellers start at the same $9.00/HR rate but they can and will keep me in after the season and I will get a small increase in pay at that point.

Other Interview Reviews for Barnes & Noble

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    Seasonal Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Barnes & Noble (Phoenix, AZ) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and got a call from the assistant manager a week later to come in for an interview. Interview wasn't hard, mostly questions about working with customers and selling memberships. They do require 2 references to call, even for a 3 month seasonal position.

    Interview Questions


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    Seasonal Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Barnes & Noble (New York, NY) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Lots of behavioral questions. More in depth than other retail interviews. Charisma really counts here. Interview lasted a total of 30 minutes. This is a great seasonal job for students and people looking to make extra money around the holidays, but growth within the company is difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you had to adapt to accomodate a sudden change   Answer Question
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    Seasonal Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Barnes & Noble (Las Vegas, NV) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was asked what books I liked, then the manager decided she liked me and I was hired. Easiest interview ever. The interview process now it a lot longer because they now do a phone interview, in person and then with the store manager. Which is a bit excessive.

    Interview Questions


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    Seasonal Bookseller Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Barnes & Noble in October 2011.

    Interview

    I interviewed with one other candidate and we took turns answering questions.

    Examples of questions: "Describe a situation when you had to overcome a challenge or confront a frustrating situation." "Explain your customer service ideas and/or methods. How do you sell?" "Why did you apply for a position at B&N, why do you want to work here?" "Describe skills you have from other jobs or experiences you think would be useful or beneficial to a position at B&N."

    Interview Questions

    • What is your approach to customer service?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was little room to negotiate wage because starting wages for seasonal positions were set by the company.
    Negotiating availability and desired amount of hours came with ease.


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