Interview And Application Tips For Kmart
When you begin the application and/or interview process at Kmart, you want to be prepared. Even if you are just starting out and looking for part time, entry level employment; you will likely have opportunities for advancement which means that you will want to illustrate that you are open to the idea in the future. Being professional in both appearance and communication are vital to the success of any job application, and Kmart’s job application and interview processes are no different. Here are some tips for how you can optimize your success in filling out a Kmart application, as well as tips for the interview process. Good luck!
- Be aware of the position that you are applying for, and understand what experience and knowledge that you possess will be relevant. Include these key items in your description of your skills.
- Be sure to completely fill out the application. Don’t leave gaps in it or submit it incomplete. You want the hiring manager to know as much about your skills and experience as possible before the interview process begins.
- Check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors before submitting the application. Also, check your phrasing to ensure that the professional side of you comes across.
- Do not structure your typed sentences like you speak in conversation. This is often too casual, and does not speak of professionalism. If you are called for an interview, the interviewer will see how you converse in person; but the application should be professional and structured to be easily read by anyone.
- Even if there is an upload option for you to upload your resume, fill out the individual sections anyway. This shows that you are capable; willing to take the time needed to complete the application, and are not taking short cuts by copying and pasting information into the application. Many online applications will not be reviewed by managers if these sections are skipped.
- Save your application if possible so you do not have to refill out its entirety should you choose to come back later and apply for other jobs. Applications are generally held for 60-90 days.
- If there are more than one position for which you are interested in applying at the time, go ahead and take the time to submit applications to those as well. There may be more than one department hiring, so you have the option of being diverse.
- If the Kmart store, distribution center, or corporate office in which you are applying is local to you, consider following up with store managers, or sending follow up notes to those in charge of distribution centers and business offices.
- Because background checks and drug screens are required to work at Kmart, don’t try to cover up or explain away any blemishes on your record. Be honest and explain the situation accurately. You definitely want the hiring managers to hear the truth from you from the moment of asking, rather than someone else after they have invested time and money into your application.
- Even if you are applying at a retail store, you want to make a good impression on the interviewer. For men, suits may not be necessary at the store level, but consider wearing a tie and nice slacks. For women, wear something nice, modest and appropriate, and wear close toed shoes and minimal jewelry. Stay away from blue jeans, flip-flops or sandals, and tank tops.
- If you are applying for a corporate or business position, dress for the position. Again, women dress modestly, as you would for a day on the job. First impressions are important, and you don’t want to give the impression that you will be a distraction on the job. Men, suits would be best for this interview, but at least nice dressy clothes.
- Brush up on your knowledge of Kmart and Sears and be aware of current trends and initiatives that may impact your job placement. Having a firm understanding of the company will help the interviewer understand that you are serious about the job.
- Take the appropriate information with you; copies of your resume, letters of recommendation, awards, degrees, etc. that will show the interviewer that you are up to the task. You don’t need to place these on the desk in front of them, but if they ask you what makes you a good candidate for the position, be prepared!
- Once again, you can follow up on interviews with thank you, or follow up notes to the interviewer. Sending gifts may be inappropriate, however thanking someone for their time is always a good idea.
- Do not ask about salary information at the first interview. If the hiring manager is interested in you, they will make you an offer. Most retailers, even at the store level, will not discuss salary or bonus information until an offer has been made.