Do you have a job interview at Kmart coming up? Congrats! To feel more prepared for the big day, sit down with a friend or family member and practice common job interview questions by doing mock interviews. Knowing what you want to say will help you feel calmer walking into the real interview.
Since you're applying for a position at Kmart, you're probably aiming to get a sales associate position, also known as a cashier. Here are some questions you'll want to practice beforehand:
1) Why do you want to work here?
Hiring managers are looking for people who want to work for their company specifically and aren't just applying to every job. Describe why Kmart is a good fit for you.
"Working for Kmart would be more than just a job for me. I want to work here specifically because you prioritize customer satisfaction and go above and beyond to ensure a friendly environment. Also, as a student, I could benefit from the flexible scheduling that you offer."
2) What do you know about Kmart?
They will want to know if you're passionate about working for Kmart and whether you've taken the time to learn about their company. This is an opportunity to show off the research you've done.
"I know that you all value not just providing quality products, but also building lasting relationships with your customers. I admire Kmart's commitment to the community and how trust is earned from improving people's lives."
3) Describe how you worked through a conflict with a coworker.
Working with other people inevitably means dealing with conflict at times. Explain a situation where you effectively handled a conflict with good communication and problem-solving skills.
"When I worked for Dairy Queen, one of my coworkers got upset at me once because I couldn't cover their shift last minute. As revenge, the employee told our supervisor that I had agreed to take the shift, so when I didn't show up for it, that supervisor called me and asked where I was. Instead of getting frustrated and bashing my coworker, I explained the situation calmly and then offered to show up to work anyway."
4) Do you have any experience in retail?
Employers just want to know whether you have any prior experience and if they'll have to train you. Simply answer the question honestly, but emphasize your ability to pick up new skills quickly.
"I don't have any experience working in retail yet, but I'm familiar with the skills it requires. Also, I tend to learn quickly, so I'm confident that I'd adapt well to a job in retail."
5) What is one of your weaknesses?
They might want to see if you can talk about yourself openly and humbly. When describing a weakness, be sure to avoid saying anything that would raise red flags. Also, explain how you're working to improve in that area.
"Sometimes I can be very hard on myself because of my desire to do everything perfectly. However, I know that's unrealistic, so I've been trying to not be so hard on myself while also still giving every task my best shot."
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