Hiring Process Overview
Job seekers looking for work at one of the half dozen or so Powell's Books stores in the Portland, OR, area need to apply for available positions online or inquire about possible vacancies in-person in order to secure interview consideration. Whether applying for jobs online or in-store, qualified applicants typically hear from company hiring officials within a couple weeks and schedule interviews by phone or email. Candidates invited to participate in the interview process usually meet with hiring managers in small groups with other potential employees. An additional one-on-one interview sometimes follows group interview sessions.
Potential Interview Topics
Hiring managers generally interview between five and ten job seekers at one time. Applicants take turns answering common Powell's Books interview questions like:
- "What did you like best/least about your former job?"
- "Can you describe a time when you received excellent customer service; what made it so exceptional?"
Tips for Success
Applicants selected for interviews should wear dressier attire to demonstrate professionalism and stand out from the rest of the group. Exhibit a sociable personality by greeting the other group interviewees enthusiastically and speaking up during the session. Take a moment to form responses to common interview questions and try to answer each query positively, even when discussing negative issues. Stay relaxed, smile consistently, and regularly make eye contact with hiring managers and fellow applicants to show active involvement in job interviews. Upon successful completion of the Powell's Books interview process, new employees typically undergo training for a week before officially starting work.