One of the largest companies in the United States, with almost 2,000 stores worldwide, Target uses a very particular recruiting procedure.
Filling Out the Application
Beginning the process, applicants should visit the ‘duty station’ in person and fill out an electronic form of procurement at designated kiosks. This digital format takes about an hour to complete. After completing the form, and submitting it, the candidate will have an interview within minutes after applying for the job.
Considering that Target is a large company and help is wanted in almost every field, the recruiting process will last no more than two weeks.
When the HR department contacts the candidate, there are two possible outcomes:
- You have successfully passed the pre-selection process and need to schedule a formal interview.
- You have not been selected for the job.
Usually, applicants that have been ‘shortlisted’ after the application will have the initial job interview, a few days after applying for the job.
This initial interview might be straightforward. Meetings are generally conducted by a human resources department member or the potential supervisor.
In this interview, the Target representative will ask a variety of questions regarding the CV presented, your job experience, and salary expectations. Finally, the applicant will be asked to fill out a short assessment. This additional form aims to complete information that during the interview was not assessed; giving the hiring manager an overall perspective on the applicant.
Once the applicant completes these two first steps, the profile will be evaluated by a panel of experts. More often than not, this panel includes HR recruiters, supervisors, and store manager. Depending on your level of experience, interview, and assessment results, you will offer the position. Keep in mind that CV accuracy regarding experience is critical as target asks for previous job references — and they will check them!
After being notified that you were selected for the job, you will be called to attend a medical inspection and a physiological test. This later assessment is particularly important when applying to administrative, corporate, and manager positions.
Note that despite all the tests, most of the skills and capabilities are evaluated during the interview process. It is also vital to take into account that what Target seeks the most on applicants, is teamwork, communicational/interpersonal abilities, and (of course) customer service skills.
Paperwork & Legalities
Once the decision has been made, the applicant will need to accept the offer. As expected, you will then be required to fill out additional forms with sensitive information such as legal status, social security number, tax information, and so on.
Like we said before, depending on the job, the selection process should last more than two weeks. But, some positions such as ‘Customer Service Representative’ have a higher demand and receive thousands of applications daily. Thus, in cases like these, the procedures can take almost one month.
Despite being one of the largest companies worldwide, Target has a simple recruitment procedure!
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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