Interview Tips

Preparing for a job interview can be daunting, so it's important to make sure that you're fully prepared. By following some key interview tips you'll be able to build on the success of your CV and impress your potential employer and, hopefully, get hired. While it's hard to know exactly what will be asked of you or thrown your way, there are some common principles to follow that can help you secure that retail job.

Preparing for your interview

Once you've been invited to your interview, there a few things that you should to do to make sure that you're as ready as possible come interview day.

Firstly, thoroughly research the company - look at its background and history, its current advertising campaigns and to what and where they sell.

"Make sure that you know the job description and your CV inside-out"

Secondly, make sure that you know the job description and your CV inside-out. It's likely that the interviewer will look at your skills and experience and match it with certain tasks and duties expected of the position you're going for. Therefore, make sure that you can pick examples from your CV that compliment the job description.

You'll also want to prepare what you're going to wear. By doing so, you'll avoid a fashion-faux pas and any stress on the morning of your interview. Make sure that your outfit is suitable for the environment and the job position you’re going for. If in doubt dress smarter than you think is expected. Also, be sure to plan your travel and arrival time so that you avoid being late and you are able to arrived relaxed and composed. Plan ahead and allow yourself time to arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview.

Potential job interview questions

There are a whole host of things that you could be asked in your retail job interview and so we've put together just a handful of potential questions. We suggest preparing some answers to them in case they, or similar questions, come up.

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Have you shopped in our store before?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult customer? What did you do?
  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • Retail jobs require flexibility with hours. Can you commit to this?
  • What has been your biggest challenge in life, to date?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?

We suggest preparing some answers to these questions in case they, or similar questions, come up. It's also worth doing a question and answer role play with a friend or family member to fully prepare your responses.

It's also a good idea to prepare some questions for your interviewer. Asking some questions yourself, during the interview, will impress and show that you're genuinely interested in the company and the job role.

After your interview, the employer will usually give you a time frame as to when you'll find out how you got on. If you don't hear anything from them a day or two after their deadline, don't be afraid to contact them as this also demonstrates that you are keen and proactive.

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