IT'S ALMOST SUMMER!!!
Can you beleive it? I can't...
I bet most are already planning adventures – whether that be heading to the beach, vacationing, partying, whatever – but at some point you're going to have to ask yourself, how am I going to fund all of this?
Love them or hate them, retail jobs are some of the best positions to get when you don't have a resume full of experience. Me and all my girls got started in retail and worked our way up, building much needed experience along the way!
However, getting a Summer job in retail can be easier said than done. The most miserable part – open interviews – seeing all your competition displayed in front of you and building up nerves while waiting.
In my Pre-Vinted life, I worked for several big retailers, first as a sales associate and later in management. As a retail manager at a popular “Urban” chain that “Outfits” youth (not allowed to say names...but I hope you get my drift ;) ).
I finally got to lead open interviews and today I'll be sharing my secrets as to what these interviewers are looking for. :)
1. THE FIRST IMPRESSION
Make a list of your local stores you'd like to work for and prepare a professional resume. Even if you don't have work experience, it's important to include any volunteer service or school activities that you've accomplished!
When you arrive at the store present yourself like you would if you worked there already. Dress in their brand's style and have a friendly attitude. Ask for the hiring manager and introduce yourself and your reasoning for being there!
At my store, I'd be way more interested in a person if they came in with determination. One of my favorite hires was Zoe - she came in the day before open interviews randomly with a resume in hand and a huge smile. When I told her to come back the next day for open interviews, she did. I immediately recognized her from before and her follow through won me over!
Make sure you arrive fresh and well kept! Remember – when dressing for a sales associate position you want to be dressed like the employees are dressed.
You wouldn't want to dress the same way to an Abercrombie interview as you would an American Apparel interview right?
If they've given you an application, fill it out professionally, but don't forget to add a touch of personality. ;)
Practice, practice, practice! Most interviews for entry level sales positions follow the same basic guidelines and these can be found online. :)
Many interviews include ice breaker questions:
- "What's your favorite movie?"
- "Who are your style icons?"
- What are you listening to right now?"
Be prepared to describe your store of choice. They may ask you to describe their brand, what they are currently selling etc. Check out their website and do your research!
Others will ask about your past experience. If you don't have any that's okay!
At my first interview, I talked about being involved in student government. I've heard others talk about their responsibilites at home or helping family, remember everyone needs to start somewhere.
Not having experience is not a deal breaker! :)
Always bring a fresh copy of your resume! That shows the person interviewing you that you are serious about this interview.
Make sure your cell phone is off or silent – not on vibrate – and put that ish away! You'd be shocked how many times I'd catch someone ON an interview check their phones. For me - that's an immediate no!
In a group interview, you'll want to make your voice heard but don't take over the group! Play nice kids and let everyone have a turn! Remember, keep things positive no matter what! Hated your last job? Try to spin that in a positive light.
I ABSOLUTELY HATED MY FIRST JOB at a Halloween store. With a serious passion. But if I was asked about it in an interview I would say it was a great learning experience, where I met a lot of "unique" personalities and got to play dress up. ;)
Take a deep breath! Remember you are awesome, you're going to nail this and most importantly you're gonna make it rain this summer.
The retail life is a struggle of ups and downs but a lot of ups! I made so many lifelong friends in my years of retail starting at 16 and ending at 24 phew!
If you have any questions or tips feel free to include in the comments.
GOOD LUCK BABES - Get to WORK.