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31 Sears Interview Questions
Question 1 of 31
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. 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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"I had a manager a few years ago who made it a point to write simple, hand-written notes for her employees when she noticed that we had performed particularly well, whether it was a great customer interaction or the completion of a huge project. Sometimes she even included a small gift card to a local store or restaurant. That was the best recognition I could hope for -- knowing that my manager took the time to say thank you in such a personal way made a huge impact on me."
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"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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Question 2 of 31
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens, and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your ability to arrive on time for work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.

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"I always give myself an extra time-buffer when I leave for work in case something catches me by surprise. That way, I'm not stressed out if something happens on my way to work because I've already prepared for it in advance. The extra time I build into getting to work gives me time to contact my manager if I get delayed -- and if nothing else, it never hurts to arrive to work early!"
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. My dad got rear ended one time when driving me to school. I texted my friend to see if she could tell my teacher what happened. I explained the situation to my teacher when I got to class. If this happened on my way to work, I would call ahead of time to ensure someone could cover my shift."
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Question 3 of 31
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Even if you're not expected to drive for the job, you will need to have some form of reliable transportation. If you take the bus or ride a bike, that works too! Merely share that you have the means to get to work consistently and on time.

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"I have reliable transportation. I have a well-maintained vehicle, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to your office every day."
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"I take public transit; however, I find it to be very reliable. I was late to work only once last year, and that was due to a snowstorm which stalled all of our employee's commute - including those with personal vehicles. Rest assured, I am reliable and will always come to work on time."
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Question 4 of 31
What do you hope to learn from this job at Sears?
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We're looking to hire lifelong, self-motivated learners to join our team here at Sears -- after all, Learn & Innovate is one of our key Pillars of Success on which the entire company was founded. Talk to the interviewer about what you hope to learn from your position here.

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"I really appreciate that Sears values learning and innovation -- I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and I love researching things, from product information to getting to know customers. Learning is what really motivates me at work and in my life in general. I'm hoping to someday go into store management, and I know I have a lot to learn to help me achieve that goal! I think that accomplishing my daily tasks as well as observing my managers will help me learn some of the things I need to learn in order to have the career I want."
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"I am looking to lay the foundation for the rest of my career with this position. I looked at a lot of job postings and had interviewed some very carefully selected places, but you are by far my front-runner. I want to learn not only the fundamentals of sales but also become comfortable with both sides of the business. I appreciate that you want me to start with the basics of the inside sales before moving into outside sales."
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Question 5 of 31
How do you feel about performance incentives?
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We believe that healthy competition can lead to an even stronger team, and we want each of our employees to feel challenged to exceed their own expectations at work. That's why we have points programs and service awards to encourage our employees to bring their best to work. How do you feel about performance incentives?

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"I'm a competitive person by nature, so I'm excited about the chance to compete for points and awards in my role here at Sears. Can you tell me more about these incentives?"
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"I do not require performance incentives, to do a great job; however, small perks are always nice to have!"
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Jordan Henry
Jordan Henry is a technical and creative writer working in Chattanooga. She has worked as a career developer and freelance resume/cover letter builder for the last ten years. You can find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-henry-81539072/
Published: 08/23/2018

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About Sears

Sears Holdings Corporation (Holdings) is the parent company of Kmart Holding Corporation (Kmart) and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears). The Company is broadline retailer with 2,235 full-line and 1,284 specialty retail stores in the United States operating through Kmart and Sears, and 402 full-line and specialty retail stores in Canada operating through Sears Canada Inc. (Sears Canada), a 73%-owned subsidiary. During the fiscal year ended January 1, 2009 (fiscal 2009), it operated three reportable segments: Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.