A retail job requires you to sell products or services to potential customers. It is not much different from your everyday life. You also sell your ideas and opinions to others on a daily basis. For getting a job in retail, you need to pass the interview, in which you are required to do nothing more than sell your ideas to the prospective employer. Since there are so many applicants for a single job, you need to convince the interviewer that you are the best amongst all. In the following lines, we have provided some tips to help you in getting a retail job, by making yourself stand out above the rest
How To Get A Retail Job
- The first step towards getting a retail job will comprise of making a resume for yourself. Make sure to highlight your skills and accomplishments. At the same time, try to show a consistent work history.
- After making your resume, prepare a separate page on which you will list your job achievements, if this is not your first job, as well as educational accomplishments.
- Next, you need to look through the employment section of newspapers or go through online job portals, to look for job openings. You can also drop-in your resume at the main retail stores in your city.
- After you have been called for an interview, or have found a job with walk-in interviews taking place, it is the time to prepare yourself. Dress professionally, in formal clothes, and carry yourself with confidence.
- In the usual cases, a person is required to provide 2-3 references for the job. If you are employed, you will be required to provide the reference of you colleagues and senior. Otherwise, you can give the name and number of a person known to you, working in a respectable organization.
- Most of the companies require candidates to fill in an application form before they sit for an interview. Fill it with care and ensure that you do not make even a single mistake.
- Now is the time for your interview. When you walk into the room, be confident of yourself, but don't seem arrogant. Greet your interviewer(s) and sit only when he (they) ask you to.
- Always be honest while answering the questions. The interviewer(s) will appreciate your honesty. Also make sure to show that you are excited at the opportunity of working for the company, but don't seem too eager.
- If you don't know the answer of any question, politely say that you are not aware of the answer, but would definitely like to know. Please do not try to mislead the interviewer(s).
- Throughout the interview, remember that you are there for a job in retail and will be expected to sell yourself. Your effort should be to convince the interviewer(s) that you are perfectly suited for the job.
- For a retail job interview, you might be asked to "role play" different scenarios. It is better if you go prepared beforehand. Most probably, the interviewer will pose as a customer and you will be required to sell something to him.
- After the interview is over, thank the interviewer for providing you the opportunity to apply for the job. You can also ask him as to when can you expect any response from the company.
- Wait for the required period of time, as told by the interviewer, to get a reply from the company. If there is no response, call up the HR department and enquire about your candidature.
- If you get the job, make sure to reach the office 5 minutes before the time, on the joining date. If not, don't lose heart. There are many companies and job out there. You will get one sooner or later. Just keep trying.