Nailing the Interview by Discovering the Inner You

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“It’s only September and the stores are already selling Christmas decorations?!” Yes, that’s right, in the retail world, stores are already looking for seasonal employees too! And before long you’ll be thinking about how pay for the plane ticket to visit your family and that cute dress for your Christmas party.  

Gallatin Valley Mall has the best selection of part-time, full-time, and seasonal positions around! And the perfect time to solve your financial holiday predicament is, believe it or not, right now! We’ve talked to some of the awesome store managers at GVM and uncovered the top five tips to finding the perfect job and nailing the interview.

1. Find Your Interests 

Do you love going to the salon for mani/pedis? How about shopping the latest styles? Hanging out at your favorite restaurant?  Then GVM has the job for you! Kenny, Tradehome Shoes manager says, “You do not have to know the product to succeed. My top sales associate knew nothing about shoes before coming here but we were able to train her.” So, identify what interests you and when you interview remember to express that you’re willing to learn. 

2. Keep Calm and Interview On

Alright, you’ve got the interview, now what? You’ve just walked in and you’ve got sweaty palms and butterflies in your stomach. Breathe! Clear your mind (well, not too much), and focus on who you are and what you stand for. Think about the interview like it is a conversation. The best way to start the interview is to not start the interview. Instead, use those first few minutes to build a rapport with your interviewer.

3.  Put Your Best Foot Forward

Don’t underestimate the power of good old-fashioned manners! As you’re speaking with your potential boss, remember to shake hands, make eye contact, and smile politely. Manners never go out of style. In fact, they go a long way.   

4. Be Prepared for the Curveball Question

Of course, there’s your typical questions: how you handle certain situations, what your experiences are, and how you might describe yourself. Bekah, Buckle store manager, says her favorite question to ask is: “what is your best characteristic and what is a characteristic that you’re working on?” But be prepared for questions that test your quick-thinking! Kenny snickers as he tells us his favorite question to ask: “What animal would you be and why?”

5. Be YOU

Above all, don’t lose sight of who you are. Don’t feel pressured to change yourself to who you think the employer is looking for. Bekah adds, “We are hiring you for YOU. We want people to add to our store, not adapt to the part”. Your employer can show you the ropes, but they can’t teach you to be yourself. 

Now go get that job! Visit our employment page to find your perfect fit. 

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