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Retail Job Interview Questions to Ask

Questions to Ask the Interviewer


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One of the questions you may be asked during a job interview for a retail position is "Do you have any questions for me?" Have a list of questions ready to ask that will clarify the job requirements, your schedule, the flexiblity of the position, and anything else that would help you decide whether you would want the job if it were offered to you.

Remember that interviewing works both ways and asking questions is an opportunity to be sure the job is a good fit.

Retail Job Interview Questions to Ask

  • What hours will I work in this position?
  • How many hours a week are available?
  • How many hours per week/day are offered with this position?
  • What are the typical shifts covered by this position?
  • Are weekend/evening hours required?
  • How flexible are the hours?
  • Do the hours vary weekly, or stay pretty much the same?
  • What are your busiest times during the day?
  • What is the busiest day here?
  • Do you schedule people for primarily the same hours every week, or do they vary greatly?
  • How many sales associates are on the floor during a shift?
  • Is there a supervisor on during all shifts?
  • Who does your displays?
  • What is your biggest selling item?
  • Do you offer commission?
  • Are there extra hours available during the holidays?
  • How far in advance is the schedule posted?
  • Are the performance reviews done by the store manager, or does a regional manager come in?
  • Does this company have a policy of promoting from within?
  • How many full time employees does this store employ?
  • What kind of atmosphere among the employees is there at this store/shop/boutique?
  • What kind of growth do you expect to see from this company over the next five years?
  • Will I be a part of a team, or be working primarily independently?
  • Will I have the opportunity to interview with the supervisor of this position?
  • Can you describe for me a typical day in this position?
  • How would you describe your company's management style?
  • Is there opportunity for growth within the company?
  • What do you like best about working here?
  • What do you like least about working here?
  • Would you change anything about this department?
  • If I'm offered this position, how soon would you like me to start?
  • How many applicants are you interviewing for this position?
  • Is there a dress code? What would I need to wear to work?
  • Do you have any additional questions for me?
  • When should I expect to hear from you?

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