Claire’s Interview Questions & Tips

Introductory Hiring Tips

As a major nationwide retailer with locations in roughly 95 percent of all American shopping malls, Claire's constantly needs to interview and hire new employees. For hiring consideration, job seekers must submit the appropriate forms to a local store either online or in-person. Applicants generally hear back from hiring managers to set up interviews within a few days, though the process may take up to a month or longer depending on the number of job openings available at the particular location. Stores typically keep applicant information on file for months at a time and may call back at a later date when needs for new workers become more pressing. Candidates who drop off the required hiring forms in-person often enjoy the opportunity to speak with the store managers and schedule a job interview immediately.

What to Wear and Why

Claire's generally looks to hire independent and motivated workers with flair for fashion and love of trendy accessories. Applicants selected to meet with hiring officials should dress appropriately for the interview by wearing fashionable dress clothes demonstrating knowledge of current trends.

Interview Questions and Common Formats

Interviews typically entail 1:1, question-and-answer sessions delving into personality traits, job skills, availability, and work history. The fashion accessories retailer usually interviews job seekers onsite at the Claire's of choice, though prospective managers sometimes need to complete a brief, pre-screening phone interview to prior to in-person meetings. Regardless of where or how the meetings takes place, applicants should answer interview questions enthusiastically to leave the best possible impressions on each hiring manager. Entry-level job openings typically demand applicant participation in a single interview usually overseen by an assistant manager. At some locations, the overall store manager meets briefly with interviewees a second time, mainly to get acquainted with potential sales associates before hiring.

Specific Examples of Claire's Interview Questions

Questions encountered during the Claire's interview process tend to vary in difficulty and subject matter according to the amount of experience required by the vacant position. Entry-level interviewees often respond to general questions like:

  • "What do you like about Claire's?"
  • "Where do you like to shop?"

More specific interview questions directed at prospective sales associates frequently include behavioral queries, such as:

  • "How would you deal with money found on the sales floor?"
  • "What would you do if you caught your friend shoplifting?"
  • "How would you handle a customer who wanted to pierce the ears of a newborn baby?"

Aspiring Managers

Unlike entry-level job seekers, candidates pursuing management positions frequently go through multiple rounds of telephone and in-person interviews. Prospective managers often meet with or otherwise talk to district managers and area store managers throughout the interview process. Managerial interviewees usually face detailed questions relating to customer service and leadership. Common questions like, "You are working alone and have the phone ringing, an ear-piercing in progress, and customers waiting in the checkout line. Which situation do you deal with first, and how do you handle it?" feature multiple parts and force job seekers to apply their management skills acquired through previous work experiences. Interviews for managers sometimes include an online test evaluating the math skills and personalities of applicants, as well.

Claire’s Piercer Interview Video

Video Transcript

Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
Claire’s Employee: At Claire’s, my job title was piercer. I would pierce people’s ears, and pretty much what that entitled was just me helping them find the right size earrings as well as making the pierce in their ears.

Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
Claire’s Employee: The work environment there was very chill. One thing that I really like about there was there wasn’t too many employees working at one time. It was just usually me and another person. It was very personal, and we really got to know each other well, which helped us work together when it got very crowded, and we were able to help the customers better.

Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
Claire’s Employee: The application process for them was fairly simple. I did the same thing where I just emailed them online. I went into the store and met with them, and there is when I actually signed my application and luckily one of the managers were there to just interview me on the spot. And from there, that’s how I got the job.

Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
Claire’s Employee: They focus more on work experience, and because what I was doing sort of was a trade, they really looked for people who had experience in that. That’s why they asked us a lot of technical questions about where we’ve were, how long we’ve been there for, and things of that sort.

Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
Claire’s Employee: I would probably give them the advice of making sure that they want to work there first in the sense that they should really go over all the duties that they’re going to be expected of them before they sign up, and that can really help make or break their decision. That’s what I would say.


  • Cailyn says:

    You’ll be working on your own a lot at Claire’s so be sure to tell them that you’re independent and able to handle things on your own.

  • carissa says:

    what do i need to know about the company for my job interveiw when they ask me “what do u know about the company?’

  • Michelle says:

    Just make sure you tell them your a responsible person and you are able to do things on your own without help.

  • alexa says:

    How old do u have to be to work at claire’s.?

  • Raven Flowers says:

    Hi . I am Raven F I’m 16 Years Old and I am VERY Interested In working For your Company Anywhere In Las Vegas.
    Have been Wanting to Work At Your Company Since I was Young .
    I am Very responsible and Very Determined To Get the Job Done No Matter What It is.
    I am a hard worker And Accountable.
    I’m Currently Home schooled so Hours Are not A problem For Me.
    I am a Manageable and A reliable Person.
    I Am A very Friendly And Outgoing Person .
    I am Very Happy Person So There Would Be no Need To Pretend To Put A Smile On my Face For Costumers.
    Because I am Home-schooled This Job Will Be My Practice For Socializing With Any other Jobs I have .
    Thank You for Taking The Time To Read This , I am Looking Forward To Working For You Company
    – Raven F .

  • diana says:

    i’m very social and i need this job because i need to be responsible for myself

  • nicole says:

    Does Claire’s drug test ?

  • kassey says:

    people stop leaving these messages if ur in need of a job apply first! this is suppose to help people whom actually have called back for a job interview.


  • jen says:

    does claire’s do background checks?

  • Danyell` says:

    does claire’s drug test?

  • destiny says:

    how old do you have to be in order to work at Claire’s?

  • Nicole says:

    I am currently working at a Claire’s store as a Store Manager and I can tell you that one of the top things we look for in an employee is confidence. You need to be able to sell yourself as a fashion authority and, in turn, our merchandise. The better your availability, the better your chances are at getting hired. We need people that aren’t afraid to talk to our customers to find out what they are looking to purchase and then get them to buy more. We do work alone quite a bit, so quick and informed decision making skills are a must. We look for interviewees to be fashionable, energetic, and friendly. And PLEASE do not come in with a big group of friends to pick up applications – if you want us to take you seriously, come in alone. Please also do not put friends down as references. If this is your first job, you may put down teachers, religious leaders, etc. Good luck!!!! 😀

  • Nicole says:

    I have already been offered the job at Claires. But I forgot to ask what the benefits were. Are there any benefits for part-time third key holders?

  • Jennie says:

    If you have an interview try to wear a little of Claire’s Accessories but do not over do it because in the work place employees are always trying to keep the store clean so we pick up an rearrange a it of items and will notice if you were to were our earrings or scarf or nail polish.

  • Jessie says:

    I had an interview, I took the online test and everything already but still no call and they still say they are looking over the online test. Am I gonna get this job or should I go somewhere else?

  • Gillian says:

    Hi guys

    I have an interview for claire’s tomorrow evening. I have already passed the first stage of an over the phone interview and tomorrow will be a face to face one. Does anyone have any tips or know any questions i will be asked?

    Thank-you 🙂

  • Kami says:

    How long exactly does it take for claires to call back after the interview?

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