Having the right interview questions to ask will greatly improve your ability to hire the best available employee.

There are a few categories of questions that you will want to ask.

One of the most important areas for you to gather details on the candidate are if they have the right type of experience for the position that you are looking for. You should be able to fill in the questions below with the type of experience that you need.

  • How much retail store management experience do you have?
  • Tell me about the last retail store management position that you held?
  • What is the largest retail store that you have managed?
  • What is one thing that you like about managing a store?
  • Tell me about a challenge that you faced regarding a store you were managing and what you did to overcome it?
  • What is one thing that you really like about retail management?

Regardless of the level of experience, you want to get an idea of the type of personality traits and tendencies of the applicant. There are many general personality probing interview questions to ask but one thing that we like to suggest is that you have a tailored list of questions for the position that you are looking to fill.

To do this, list out the personality attributes that you want or that someone would need to be successful in this role. Then you can have a question or two for each attribute.

If our position had the attributes of “able to work independently”, “self-starter”, and “communicates well”, you could develop some of these interview questions to ask to see if the applicant fits well.

  • Would you prefer to work on a team or independently if you had your choice?
  • If you worked independently, what are some things you would find challenging?
  • Tell me about a time where you took the initiative to start something or make a change?
  • How do you feel about your communication skills?
  • If you were in a situation where you had to present to a room full of people, how would you feel?

Current Status
It is helpful to have interview questions to ask to get an understanding of where the applicant currently is in their job search and why they are in that position. This will not only help you to determine if they are someone that you want to hire, but it can also help you to figure out if the applicant is likely to take the position if you want to hire them.

  • Why are you currently looking to make a change? (If currently employed)
  • Why did you leave your last position? (If currently unemployed)
  • What does an ideal position look like for you?
  • What other options are you considering?
  • How does this opportunity compare?
  • What is the long-term direction you would like to take with your career?
  • When are you available to make a change (or start)?

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