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Target Human Resources Interview Questions

Updated Aug 17, 2017
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    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target.

    Interview

    Lengthy interview process with several different levels of regional management. The interview questions were mainly behavioral based, so it is good to be prepared with stories and examples of your work experience.

    Interview Questions


  2.  

    Human Resources Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target (Silver Spring, MD) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I applied for the position online on August 9th. I called the store every weekday that followed until I was able to reach someone in the Human Resources department on August 14th. They scheduled me for an interview that same week on the 16th. I went in and waited for about 15-20 mins before my interview actually began. It was a two-step interview with another 20 minute wait in between each one. One was with the Executive Team Leader (ETL) and another with the General Manager (GM). Both women were very personable and friendly. The questions were very much situational/behavioral questions. You can use examples from previous jobs, school, or even home. I was offered the position on the spot. I filled out some basic information on the computer and signed off on a background check. I begin orientation on August 22nd.

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  3.  

    Senior Human Resources Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target.

    Interview

    Interviews with the Executive Team Leader (Department Manager equivalent) and then Store Manager soon thereafter. Store Manager was not very friendly or helpful, did not seem to want to talk about the position. The process was supposed to be completed and decisions made that week. Well the decision was not made that soon and I had to call in order to get the results. The entire process was very unimpressive for a large retail store. Do not recommend to anyone.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical questions-How do you resolve concerns with difficult customers?
      How do you best work?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (1)  

    HR Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Eden Prairie, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target (Eden Prairie, MN) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Very brief interview for a part time HR team member support role. The interview was short and easy. It was pretty informal with three "describe a time you did [insert situation]" questions. Fairly straightforward and a nice comfortable atmosphere.

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  5.  

    Executive Team Leader - Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Target (San Luis Obispo, CA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    I was told I was interviewing for an ETL-HR position. Following the completion of the first interview with the recruiter and leading into the second I was asked if I was interested in a team leader position. I politely said I didn't know and I'd look into it. During my second interview the STL pushed the team leader position on me again, saying I could move up into an ETL in 6-12 months. When I was contacted about the third interview I politely emailed back that I was uninterested in the team leader position due to a variety of reasons, one being salary, another being the fact that I have a degree. The recruiter then called me and tried to talk me into the team leader role. I ended the conversation saying I'd consider it if the money improved. During my third interview I met with the DTL. He was nice and polite but at the end of the interview told me I was being offered the team leader position because I didn't seem ready for the ETL HR position despite having a year of supervisory experience. He then cited one of my answers, when I was forced to contact a manager about an employee after speaking with her about her behavior several times to no avail, as the reason I wasn't ready. He also insinuated that I have poor work ethic despite my school and job history proving the exact opposite. He followed up by saying, concerning the team leader position, that I could move up in 12-18 + months. I declined and the interview ended. I then sent a short email to the recruiter stating that I was not interested in the team leader position, and thus concluded my experience with Target. I left feeling as if they were never even considering me for the ETL role despite selling me on it in the beginning. I will never consider a job with Target ever again thanks to this experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to form a professional relationship with someone you didn't see eye to eye with?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Woodland, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target (Woodland, CA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Application- (next day) Phone Interview with HR-Interview A with Team Leader-Interview B with HR(same day)-- Applied for an HR position, but interviewed for an associate position.
    All interview questions should be answered SITUATION-BEHAVIOR-OUTCOME

    Interview Questions

    • A.1) For this question we are interested in understanding how you demonstrate responsibility ... Tell me about a time you had to involve someone more experienced than you to resolve an issue you encountered.   Answer Question
    • A.2) For this question we are interested in learning about ho you interact with other people... Tell me about a time you needed to work with someone you disagreed with.   Answer Question
    • A.3) For this question we are interested in understanding what you do when you something unexpected happens...Tell me about a time you were interrupted while completing a task.   Answer Question
    • A.4) For this question we are interested in learning how you encourage others...Tell me about a time you turned a situation around with your attitude.   Answer Question
    • B.1) For this question we are interested in learning how you take initiative on tasks... Tell me about a time you exceeded someone's expectations.   Answer Question
    • B.2) For this question we are interested in learning how you complete work tasks... Tell em about a time when you had competing priorities, whether on a work or school project. How did you decide what was most important to complete first?   Answer Question
    • B.3) For this question we are interested in learning how you approach speaking with others... Tell me about a time you had to explain something new to someone.   Answer Question
    • B.4) For this question we are interested in learning how you approach difficult situations or conversations...Tell me about a time you stood up for yourself in a stressful situation.   Answer Question

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    Senior Human Resources Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southington, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target (Southington, CT) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Applied for position on 5/5/17, received call back 5/8/17 for a first interview. First interview was 5/15/17, and quickly recieved a call back for a second interview on 5/18/17. Second interview was on 5/22/17, and then afterwards I heard nothing. I followed up after the second interview on 5/30/17 and was told the Store Team Leader (STL) would be in contact with me shortly. Still heard nothing, finally on 6/24/17 I revived a automatically generated email from Target Jobs letting me know I wasn't chosen for the position.

    The actually interview process was fairly simple, the first interview was with the STL and Executive Team Leader - HR. They asked questions about my background, interest in working for Target, and then asked situational based work questions.

    Second interview was with two other ETLs and the same format.

    In general the interview process was causal and ETLs made it very comfortable, would could also be misleading as to judging how you did.

    Overall, the lack of communication and a wait of his wait of 8 weeks just to not be wasn't chosen was slightly frustrating and would make me second guess applying again to Target.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question they asked is if I was unhappy at my current job. I didn't want to throw my current employer under the bus, but also wanted to stress how i would want to make a transition.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Human Resources Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Target (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online. Called the store the next day to check the average response time for an application. They told me to come into the store in 2 days (on a Saturday) and interview. I interviewed with a Human Resources Manager. The interview took about 15-20 minutes. It wasn't too bad at all, but I'm coming to realize that these large corporations have set interview questions and don't really veer off from their scripted interview sheet. This makes the interview process seem rather dry and automated, almost impersonal. But hey, that's just my opinion on things. There's not really any room for conversation or discussion, at least during my interview there wasn't. My interview asked for my availability, desired hours per week, then informed me she was going to ask 4 basic questions, then 4 more detailed questions. It's best to just use the STAR formula to answer these situational questions, just because it gives the interview more insight into your thought process, behavior, problem-solving skills, etc. I think I ended up asking her more questions about the job and her background/experience, than she asked me.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Target?   Answer Question
    • Are you willing to cross-train and work as back up in other areas in the store, if needed, in addition to your HR Team Member job duties?   Answer Question
    • What experience do you have for this position?   Answer Question
    • What would a former supervisor say your strengths are?   Answer Question
    • Name a time you had to go to someone above you to solve a problem.   Answer Question
    • Name a time you disagreed with a coworker and what was the result.   Answer Question

  9.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at Target.

    Interview

    First interview is over the phone informal interview with the recruiter. Second interview is a behavior analysis style type of interview questions with the recruiter. Third interview is an onsite interview with the hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you worked with a team to achieve a goal and what was your role and the outcome?   Answer Question

  10.  

    Senior Team Lead, Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Target (Grand Rapids, MN) in February 2017.

    Interview

    There were three phone interviews and two behavioral assessments. The interviews were behavioral questions based on the star method of interviewing. Each interview was via phone with a different person with Target.

    Interview Questions


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