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Kmart Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Kmart job interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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The management team at Kmart is focused on nurturing a positive work environment and strong team, so they'll be sure to offer you feedback on your work as well as recognition of your accomplishments. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

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32 Kmart Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

      How to Answer

      The management team at Kmart is focused on nurturing a positive work environment and strong team, so they'll be sure to offer you feedback on your work as well as recognition of your accomplishments. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is noticed."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "As a sales professional, I am driven by a challenge with a financial perk. Sales contests, for example, are a great way to motivate me."

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  • 2. How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?

      How to Answer

      Promptness is an important quality for Kmart employees. Make sure the interviewer knows that you plan for traffic, bad weather, and other situations that could make you late for your shift. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that could affect arriving to work on time.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I hate being late and always do everything I can to avoid it -- if I'm not five minutes early, I feel like I'm already late! Winters here can make travel hard, so I always make sure to give myself extra time when there's snow or ice."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I hope never to be late! When I started working at a restaurant at sixteen years old, we were taught the adage of 'if you're on time, you're late,' so I've worked to implement that into my life. I always try to arrive 15 minutes early, but unforeseen circumstances sometimes arise. I handle surprises using common sense and keeping courtesy to others in mind."

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  • 3. Do you have reliable transportation?

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      If you are offered a position at Kmart, it's important that your managers can count on you to arrive to work consistently and on time. Let the interviewer know about your transportation plans, whether that includes driving, walking, taking public transit, or biking.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have a well-maintained vehicle, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to the store every day."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I take public transit and find it to be very reliable. I always plan for unexpected delays and take an earlier bus if I know it's a heavy-traffic day. I always make sure I'm at least 5-10 minutes early for my shifts."

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  • 4. What do you hope to learn from this job at Kmart?

      How to Answer

      Employees at Kmart have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills. Share what you hope to get out of your time at Kmart. Review the job description and information about related careers to help you get a better idea of what you have to look forward to. Discuss how this position will help you in your career.

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  • 5. How do you feel about performance incentives?

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      Performance incentives can be very motivating, and you may have opportunities to take advantage of such incentives in your position at Kmart. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings regarding performance incentives.

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  • 6. What are your salary expectations?

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      Do some research to determine how you can expect to be compensated at Kmart, and use your current earnings to discuss your expectations. Be open and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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  • 7. How can Kmart motivate you on the job?

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      The management team at Kmart wants to know how best to motivate every member of their team. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you find motivation on the job.

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  • 8. Describe to me your ideal employer.

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      A job search isn't just a one-sided hunt. You must also feel that a job at Kmart is a good fit for you. Tell the interviewer about your ideal employer. Be specific and be sure to keep the conversation positive. Avoid speaking poorly of any previous managers or organizations.

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  • 9. We need reliable people on our team at Kmart. How many days were you absent from work last year?

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      Being a Kmart employee means being reliable and consistent. Make sure the interviewer knows that you respect your coworkers and managers enough to always show up for your assigned shifts. You can be honest about a time you missed work; be sure to mention that you followed all of the protocols for calling off of work.

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  • 10. What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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      Your interview is about helping you determine if the work environment at Kmart is right for you. Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most environments? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Make sure you're familiar with the environment at Kmart.

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  • 11. Personality fit is important to us at Kmart. How would you describe your personality?

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      When you work at Kmart, you are one part of a larger team; your personality will play a part in whether the interviewer believes you would be a good fit for this team. Talk to the interviewer about your personality traits -- such as introverted, friendly, or confident -- as opposed to your character traits -- such as reliable, honest, or hard-working.

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  • 12. How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?

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      The environment at Kmart is fast-paced; though supervisors have the best intentions, some information may fall through the cracks. Describe your communication preferences and tell the interviewer how you have handled interactions with supervisors in the past.

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  • 13. What type of manager brings out the best in you?

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      Managers at Kmart work hard to ensure a healthy team, which starts with supporting individual associates. The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and understand the type of manager or employer that brings out the best in you. Some individuals prefer a close working relationship with a lot of accountability, while others prefer space and autonomy. If you are unsure of your preference, try to leave your answer as open as possible.

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  • 14. Why is this job with Kmart right for you at this time in your career?

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      A position at Kmart will provide you with plenty of benefits in the present while also allowing for opportunities to move up in the company in the future. Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you want to make. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company.

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  • 15. What is the most competitive work situation you have experienced? How did you handle it? What was the result?

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      Retail environments like Kmart may offer opportunities for friendly competition with your coworkers and other stores in your district and region. Tell the interviewer about your experience in competitive environments, whether you were racing others to achieve the highest sales, working towards a promotion, or eagerly trying to win a new contract. Show the interviewer that you rose to the challenge and that you were excited to push yourself to be the best. It is a definite plus if you have cheered on your competitors and helped them along the way. Be sure to mention any successful outcome.

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  • 16. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

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      The most successful organizations are always growing and adapting to better serve their customers, and Kmart is no exception. In addition to being able to handle change, can you also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to suggest a change in the workplace.

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  • 17. This position requires a flexible schedule as we are open evenings, weekends, and most holidays. Are you able to commit to these hours?

      How to Answer

      Retail jobs like a position at Kmart require a wide range of hours that may include evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime, and split shifts. Assure the interviewer that you can commit to a wide range of hours. If there is anything in your schedule that may hinder your availability, be sure to address this.

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  • 18. At Kmart we like to hire strong achievers. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

      How to Answer

      At Kmart, customer service always comes first. Display to the interviewer that you can do more than the bare minimum. Show that you can react appropriately when you see that your employer has a need that goes beyond your usual day-to-day expectations.

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  • 19. Take me through your experience in retail. What was the most challenging position you have held? Which was your favorite, and why?

      How to Answer

      From clothing to electronics to health and beauty, Kmart is all about creating great customer experiences. If you have experience in retail, walk the interviewer through your past positions and highlight your favorite and most challenging positions. If you don't have retail experience, that's okay! Draw on some other professional experiences, and let the interviewer know that you're excited to make the transition to retail.

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  • 20. Have you researched our company values? What makes you the best candidate for Kmart?

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      Having a knowledge of the Kmart brand and customer is incredibly important -- any information you know about the company's values will set you apart from other candidates. Spend some time exploring the Kmart website and becoming familiar with their core values and mission statement: 'To make shopping fun for everyone.'

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  • 21. You will be responsible for a large amount of cash and valuable merchandise at Kmart. What would your most recent employer say about your character and honesty?

      How to Answer

      Honesty is incredibly important in a retail environment like Kmart, where employees handle a multitude of cash transactions. Assure the interviewer that you can be trusted by speaking about your character. Draw on the opinion of others to solidify your answer.

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  • 22. In a retail environment, staff turnover is often high. How would you handle it if your co-worker did not show up for their shift?

      How to Answer

      Employees at Kmart must be adaptable and flexible. Assure the interviewer that you are a team player and would be willing to step in if your manager needed a shift covered at the last minute.

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  • 23. Working in a retail environment, you will sometimes come across rude customers. How would you handle a customer who is aggressive towards you or a co-worker?

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      In a service-focused role like a sales position at Kmart, you will likely encounter customers who make your job less than pleasant. Retail and customer service based roles will often require diplomacy when it comes to working with the public. Discuss with the interviewer how you would handle an aggressive customer.

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  • 24. Tell me 3 qualities you possess that make you a strong fit for this position with Kmart.

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      Before your interview, take some time to find out more about what Kmart looks for in an employee, and find ways to honestly demonstrate how you meet those needs. For instance, Kmart employees must 'ensure our future by earning the trust of those we serve' and 'contribute to the success of a global retail leader through teamwork, integrity, and positive energy.' Describe how you are uniquely suited for some of the job requirements.

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  • 25. At Kmart we firmly believe in grooming our employees into management roles as they show potential. Are you interested in potential leadership roles with us?

      How to Answer

      Many seasonal or entry-level employees at Kmart go on to explore other career options such as store management, district level leadership and even corporate opportunities. Talk to the interviewer about any interest you have in gaining a leadership role down the road.

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  • 26. In our retail stores we take pride in our merchandising and displays. Do you consider yourself to be a creative person, capable of making an attractive retail display?

      How to Answer

      If offered a position at Kmart, you may be asked to contribute to the design and construction of store displays. Do you have examples of displays that you have created? Do you have unique ideas that you can share with Kmart in regards to their current merchandising? Let the interviewer know if you are interested in creating displays and if you have any special skills to contribute to their design or construction.

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  • 27. This position requires you to wear a uniform to work. Have you worn a uniform in the workplace before? How do you feel about this?

      How to Answer

      A Kmart, it's important for customers to know who they can turn to if they have a question about a product or need help finding an item -- and uniforms help accomplish that goal. Talk to the interviewer about any times that you have been required to wear a uniform. What are your thoughts on this? Be sure to keep your answer positive and avoid speaking poorly of the practice surrounding uniforms.

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  • 28. In this role you will be required to handle customer transactions. On a scale of 1-10 how strong are your mathematical skills?

      How to Answer

      Strong math skills will be an asset in your position at Kmart. Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable with the skills associated with handling math-related tasks.

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  • 29. We have a strong employee honesty program in place at Kmart to prevent loss. What would you do if you discovered that a co-worker was stealing product or money?

      How to Answer

      Kmart takes loss prevention and employee theft very seriously. Loss prevention initiatives are an important part of ensuring that Kmart stays competitive in their market. Discuss with the interviewer how you would handle a situation surrounding employee theft.

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  • 30. At Kmart we have a very clear return policy. How would you handle a customer who was arguing with you about a potential return?

      How to Answer

      As a Kmart employee, you will come across customers who want to argue with store policy. Assure the interviewer that you can handle a situation like this with poise while making the customer happy and keeping the needs of the company in mind as well.

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  • 31. What do you know about Kmart? Why do you want to work for us?

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      It's important that you understand the mission and aesthetic of Kmart. Spend some time on the Kmart website, take a look at their different departments and offerings, and get a feel for their brand. The interviewer will be impressed with any knowledge you have about their seasonal promotions or ongoing events. What did you find in your research that made you excited to work for Kmart?

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  • 32. Kmart puts customer service first. How do you ensure that you always put the customers' needs first?

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      Like most retail environments, Kmart competes with other companies in their market -- which means that business can go down with one honest mistake. Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure that your customers receive the best service from you.

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