Specializing in athletic footwear and apparel for children, Kids Foot Locker maintains roughly 300 retail outlets across the United States. Each store location needs a team of friendly and reliable employees to assist shoppers with shoe fittings, promote the brand, and form connections with customers. With merchandise geared toward a younger customer base, the company must also individuals with the ability and willingness to work with children.
Where and When to Expect Interviews
Kids Foot Locker typically holds job interviews onsite at particular store locations where applicants desire work. While potential managers must often complete multiple rounds of interviews, entry-level positions usually undergo one interview before hire. One-on-one sessions frequently last only 10 or 15 minutes. The youth footwear retailer occasionally conducts group interviews to accommodate large numbers of applicants, especially during periods of intense hiring, like the holiday shopping season.
Job seekers regularly field a series of straightforward questions at Kids Foot Locker interviews. Questions like, "Why do you want to work at Kids Foot Locker?" and "What would a former boss say about you?" are commonplace when interviewing with the shoe store chain. Hiring managers also generate inquiries such as, "Would you be willing to work on your day off, if needed?" and "What would you do if a child kicked you while being fitted for shoes?" to assess the work habits and job skills of prospective employees. Applicants with related experience usually face queries about previous jobs, while managerial candidates often spend a majority of interviews discussing and demonstrating sales skills and leadership abilities.
How to Nail the Interview
Show up at the appropriate Kids Foot Locker store on time or a few minutes early and greet the interviewer with a customary handshake. During the interview, answer questions with confidence and demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond to deliver superior service to customers. Showcase a friendly personality and positive attitude throughout the interview process. Show enthusiasm over the prospect of working with kids. Additionally, display a passion for athletic footwear overall.
Dress for the Kids Foot Locker interview in a manner that displays professionalism and the ability to maintain a neatly groomed appearance ideal for constant interaction with customers.
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate Interview Video
Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: At Kids Foot Locker, for six years I was mostly a sales associate. For about a year and a half, I was a shift supervisor and assistant manager over Kids Foot Locker and Foot Locker in Lake Wind Florida. As a sales associate, I worked mostly part time, mostly on the weekends, high traffic days, so Friday through Sunday. I also usually did paperwork on Wednesdays when the managers were doing meetings or on phone call meetings. Most of it is making sure the wall’s full and tagged, making sure everything’s fronted. Usually, I took in stock, so I did all the stock checking and then put that up in the back for the stock room. Other than that, just customer service overall.
Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: I put an application … When did I start? 2003, 2004, I think it was. I’d been looking for a job for a little bit of time moving into the area of Lake Wind. I have lived in Plaint City. Luckily, I had a friend that worked there, and so he was able to get me to interview. Over my time, I feel like, as unfair as it seems, it’s one of those jobs that it’s kind of who you know prior to that that can get you a foot in the door. Or if you are customer that’s like really well-known, like you’re in there a lot, sometimes if you have the knowledge you can get put in there and get an interview. Basically, they asked me how I’d approach sales, what expertise I’ve had prior, what knowledge of product I had as far as what’s carried in the store, and then availability, and kind of general information on what your duties are going to be.
Interviewer: What should an applicant wear to the interview?
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: To my interview, I wore black slacks and a button up polo. I didn’t own dress shoes at that time, so I just wore black sneakers. Normally, I would recommend something to that effect, and then if you have some type of nice casual, like white or black sneakers, you should probably get away with it.
Interviewer: What set you apart from other candidates?
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: I think a lot of it had to do with my personality at that time. I really wanted the job. I had been collecting sneakers for six or seven years. I’ve been collecting sneakers since I was 16. My product knowledge was there. My foothold in the footwear hobby was already there, and so it was easier for me to transition into that. That knowledge came in handy when trying to make a sale to somebody or inform a customer about the products they we’re trying to buy. I think that’s the most probably important part about that job is knowing what you’re selling.
Interviewer: How were you notified that you received the job?
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: Actually, Jose told me like it was right then. He interviewed me. He was impressed with my knowledge of the product. They run you though a foe-sale scenario. From there, he told me I had the job, so it was like right away. I don’t know what it’s like now, but I know I was like, “Well, can you come in this day?” I was like, “Oh yeah cool. All right.”
Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
Kids Foot Locker Sales Associate: Anywhere in Foot Locker Inc. I would say, specifically kids, you’re going to have to be good with kids, because that’s really the customer you’re dealing. You’re dealing with them and mothers primarily. You’re going to have to be personable. I think knowledge of the product is going to be a huge, huge upside, and that goes for any demographic, because normally, you’re going to be asked to switch in-between the divisions. Knowing every product kids’, women’s, men’s it’s probably your best foot in the door.