Kmart Interview Questions & Tips

Hiring process information for an interview at Kmart

The Road to Hire

The Kmart interview process varies largely by position. Entry-level cashier, sales, and stock jobs available at retail locations require applicants to attend at least one interview onsite, while candidates for management positions typically participate in a more extensive process featuring multiple interviews conducted in various formats. Job seekers often secure Kmart interviews by following up consistently after applying for the position.

Interview Format

Entry-level applicants ordinarily interview with human resources or personnel managers in a one-on-one meeting held at the appropriate Kmart store. Some entry-level candidates also meet with store managers, either the same day or during a second interview normally scheduled for the same week.

Questions to Consider

Interviewers primarily ask questions about related work experience, schedule availability, and reasons for seeking employment with the third-largest chain of discount stores in the world. Commonly asked Kmart interview questions range from general queries like, "How do you plan for your goals?" and "How well do you handle pressure?", to situational ones, such as, "What would you do if a customer swore at you?". In some cases, the interview also includes a written test evaluating the ethics and personal judgment of applicants when responding to potential scenarios, which often arise in the retail industry.

Obtaining Management Roles

For management positions, the hiring process often starts with a basic phone screening before interviewing candidates in person. A majority of managerial applicants meet with a Kmart district manager individually before potentially qualifying for additional panel interviews hosted by a regional manager and district executives. The company uses the various interview sessions to probe into previous experiences and achievements relating to leadership. Interviewers also pose hypothetical situations to see how candidates would work with associates and customers in difficult circumstances. Job seekers should also have salary expectations in mind when interviewing for management opportunities. Managerial candidates typically finish with the Kmart interview process after a month or two of interviews.

How to Impress Hiring Personnel

Kmart looks for friendly and enthusiastic associates to provide superior customer care. If possible, applicants should speak about past experiences involving customer service or any type of regular interaction with the public. The retailer also tends to favor applicants with prior work experience. When asked about previous jobs, applicants should speak highly of former positions, coworkers, and bosses, as disparaging remarks about past employers reflect poorly on interviewees. Display a professional yet enthusiastic attitude by wearing dress clothes to each interview, maintaining eye contact with hiring managers, and smiling modestly throughout the meeting. At the conclusion of the interview, show appreciation for the job opportunity and express desire to work for the company.

Completing Interviews

While hiring managers frequently take as long as a month to contact applicants and schedule interviews, the discount retailer sometimes hires competent entry-level candidates on the spot. Like the other companies owned by Sears Holdings Corporation, Kmart performs thorough background checks and drug tests on all successful interviewees and usually disqualifies those with criminal records.

Kmart Interview Video

Video Transcript

Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.

Kmart Employee: I was a front-end cashier, so I was basically just responsible for ringing out customers, answering questions anyone had about a sale item or discount. Occasionally, I would be responsible for returning stuff that needed to be returned to different places, stuff like that.

Interviewer: What was the work environment like?

Kmart Employee: It was very busy, especially on the weekends. It’s very fast-paced – always on your feet, especially being a cashier.

Interviewer: What was your favorite part about working there?

Kmart Employee: I think it’s also just the fact that it’s always constant, you always have something to do, so the days go by faster. Talk to a lot of people – interacting, learning new stuff.

Interviewer: Please describe a typical day as an employee.

Kmart Employee: Pretty much, you come in, clock in, and we were responsible for our own drawers. So, we had to put a certain amount of money in the drawers, relieve whoever’s there, sign into our registers, begin the work day, take breaks and a lunch, and that’s pretty much the whole day.

Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?

Kmart Employee: It’s actually on a computer. It’s computerized for the application, at least when I applied. You fill that out online, and when they call you in, it’s a private interview with the supervisor, and then the orientation is group. Everyone who’s been hired at a certain time will be in the same group orientation for the store.

Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?

Kmart Employee: Pretty much personality questions, just if you have any experience, if you’ve ever done anything like that before, and just pretty much how you would handle yourself in certain situations that you’ll probably run into day to day being a cashier, as far as customers who are unhappy with a sale. They have questions, and how you would handle that.

Interviewer: What set you apart from other candidates?

Kmart Employee: I had a great deal of availability at the time, so I think that helped. Pretty much, my schedule was clear, and I also had other experience doing that. I also work well with people.

Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?

Kmart Employee: I would just say that they are very big on honesty, and they’re very big on honesty in the workplace. If you see anything that goes against the guidelines of the store, you need to report it because if they discover it’s a problem, it’s a bigger situation. Also, it’s a fast-paced job, and you’re on your feet a lot, so just be prepared for that.

Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser Interview Video

Video Transcript

Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: My job title was Hardlines Merchandiser, specifically in the electronics department. My primary duties were to both stock products and handle transactions in the electronics department, as well as referring potential customers to whatever area of the store that they needed to go whenever they wanted to know where something was.

Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: The work environment was a fairly nice environment. Everyone there was nice in there for some reason or another. Most people were working part time, but there were also people who had been there for a number of years and everyone was really nice with people coming on board and with the training process. I did feel very welcome while I was getting into the swing of things there.

Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: To apply for a job at Kmart you go to jobs.kmart.com and all of their positions are listed electronically. It’ll come up as Cashier, or Hardlines Merchandiser, and those different positions will open up depending on what they are looking for at the time. Most often they are looking for cashiers but other stuff does become available as vacancies are opened. The interview process, after you apply, they just call you up and you can schedule an interview. They’re fairly flexible but it has to be within whatever their human resources times are. Generally during the day. Then you go in, talk about whatever you put on the application. If you’re a high school student then maybe your grades and previous employment, and what you hope to get out of the company, and what you think that you can offer for them.

Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: Particular questions that they ask might include what you think that you can bring to the company. Then if you happen to have any particular skills that they’re looking for, like if you happen to speak another language other than English. That’s something that they want because some areas happen to have high populations of minority groups who grow up speaking another language. That’s an important thing to have and just the ability to communicate in general, they want to see that you have that. Any kind of awards or achievements that you’ve earned and become proud of. For me specifically, that was my Eagle Scout Award, but for anyone else it can be anything that you’ve done. Something that you’ve attached your heart to and that just helps them get to know you a little bit as a person.

Interviewer: What set you apart from other candidates?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: As far as me, my Eagle Scout award was one thing and they were also just impressed with my relatively high GPA and standing in my graduating class. Doing well academically is something very important for high school students because you don’t have a ton of actual job experience yet at that point so academics is one of the best indicators for people of that age demographic to show them what you might be able to offer and how hard working you might be.

Interviewer: How were you notified that you received the job?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: I received a phone call about a week after the initial interview telling me that they had decided to hire me. It wasn’t an awfully long, drawn out wait but it wasn’t immediate either. I knew that that gave them time to think about it, review it considerably, and that they felt confident in the choice by the time they called me.

Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
Kmart Hardlines Merchandiser: I would more strongly recommend it for part time employment and a temporary thing because a lot of the people come there for money in between jobs or before going to college. While there are people who have been there a long time it’s not one of the best jobs for advancement opportunities but it’s definitely something where it does pay and it’s not one of the worst experiences out there. It’s definitely doable and I would recommend it to anyone looking for that kind of position.

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22 thoughts on “Kmart Interview Questions & Tips

  1. caroline

    Would it be alright to wear a dress to Kmart when I go for my job interview? I just bought a new one. Any one have tips on landing the job, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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  2. Tina

    Depending on the kind of dress, I think it would definitely cause a good impression, try to look professional and show them that you really want the job and that you are gonna work hard. It wont be hard.

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  3. Silvio Santos

    will they ask me about my grades in school and stuff like that during my interview?

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  4. admin Post author

    Silvio, it is unlikely that they would ask something like that in the interview, but they may. Be prepared for anything. If they ask you any personal questions, respond by saying something like, “That is a good question, but I’m not sure how it pertains to this job.”

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  5. alice

    how old do you have to be there to work there because im 16 and i love k-mart

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  6. marcus

    I applied online for a Kmart position but never received a email verifying my submission.

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  7. Ericka Smith

    Can you be 15 years old and work as a cashier at Kmart?

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  8. holly(:

    no, you cant. you have to be 16. with a workers permit

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  9. QUANNA

    what type of questions do they ask you at an interview ?????

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  10. IRma

    what type of questions do they ask you at an interview ?????

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  11. Jada woodgett

    what kind of skills will you aquire to work at kmart.
    do you need you domploima when you graduate from high school
    would i need to be clean as posible to work in the food stock
    What kind of pants will i need to wear when i start.
    Will i get help from you when i need it.

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  12. SophomoreCollegeStudent

    Well I am now a college student and I only held one summer job; the job only required me to labor for a month. I did an interview at Sears Holding Corporation (Kmart). I had a long talk with my first interviewer, additionally, we talked about things that wasn’t pertaining to the job. But it interested me so I was glad to because I like to converse. Following up that interview with another human resources manager; we didn’t have a lengthy conversation as I did with the first manager. But we cackled for about 15-20 Minutes. She stated to me at the end of the interview that we will call all chosen candidates Tuesday or Wednesday if you are chosen for the position. I gave them a cover letter and a resume`. So I am wondering do you think I have a job?

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  13. natalie

    are they gonna accpet deaf people to work at kmart?

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  14. kiara

    i think they would accpet deaf people and i just put an app in for k mart and am kinda nervous because this is my first job and i neveer had to go thur this am really saced because most people say it is easy and some say it is hard but people are differnt so i guess i would have to find out when i get there but if anyone have any advice please leave a comment for me thank you

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  15. Jake

    Does K Mart drug test for part-time positions?

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  16. Caity

    Just be yourself! be honest, happy and bubbly. I was really nervous because it was my first interview ever! it was a group interview and I told the lady how nervous I was. There were about 50 people at the interview. I was picked as one of the successful few to be hired.

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  17. Alex

    I am still in high school. Does Kmart hire students who would like to work part time while going to school?

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  18. Morgan

    Do they drug test on or closely after the first interview??

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  19. Sherry C

    I am a manager at kmart corp. and all these people asking if they do a drug test, IF YOU DO DRUGS you dont need the JOB and if you dont do drugs, thats great, so dont worry about it!

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  20. eduardo silva

    necesitas tener una vis a de trabajo o ustedes me ayudan a conseguirla?

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  21. tulonni knox

    how will i know if i passed the assesment test??

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  22. alisha

    Just be yourself be confident and just say the right things always be social and have eye contact with manager and just have fun 🙂

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