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Sample Interview Questions for Hiring a Retail Salesperson

Sample Interview Questions for Hiring a Retail Salesperson

The sample interview questions below will help your interview preparation.

  • Tell me about your previous work experience as a retail salesperson.
  • What type of products and merchandise have you been most successful with selling?
  • What do you know about this company’s products and services?
  • What makes you a great candidate for this job in particular? 
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses when interacting with customers? 
  • What do you enjoy about working in retail sales?
  • What have you done at your present/last company to increase revenues, reduce costs, or save time? 
  • Tell me about an experience where you felt you were at your best with helping a customer.
  • Talk about a time when you were challenged in the sales process – why was that, and how did you handle it? 
  • What type of retail sales systems have you used in the past? 
  • How much did it require you to use your math skills?
  • What was the management structure in your previous retail sales jobs? 
  • Did you work on a sales commission basis?
  • What have you done to become a better retail salesperson?
  • What type of schedule are you looking to work? 
  • Would you be available to work additional shifts?

Experts agree that a successful interview process should include a range of questions that help clarify the candidates’ attitude, to help you determine whether they are likely to be a good match for your company culture.

The interview should also include questions about the candidate’s skills and experience as related to the retail salesperson job description

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