Target HireVue interview questions: What to expect

How to ace the Target HireVue interview: Questions and strategy

Target HireVue interview questions: What to expect

Introduction

About a year ago Target changed their hiring procedures to include something called a "HireVue interview".

The purpose of these video or one-way interviews is to save everyone time.  You don't have to drive down to a store for an in-person interview when the Target hiring manager has already made up their mind on another applicant.  And the hiring manager doesn't have to sit through an interview with someone that clearly isn't interested in the job.

So it's a win-win right?  

Sort of.  

HireVue interviews can be very stressful for applicants since there is no live interviewer asking questions. Many applicants have told us this gives them anxiety since there is no way to know if your answers were solid or could be improved.

You can gain some confidence before your interview by practicing for Target's HireVue interview on a platform like Voomer, where you can practice on Target sample questions and get instant, AI-powered feedback on your answers.

Let's walk you through the Target HireVue interview and later you'll be able to download some sample Target HireVue interview questions.

Recently Target has required HireVue interviews as part of their recruiting process.

What happens in a Target HireVue interview?

In a HireVue interview, you'll record yourself answering questions.

Those questions might be shown to you as a couple of lines of text or they might be displayed as a pre-recorded video by someone at Target asking you that question.

Then, you'll get around 30 seconds to prepare your answer and around two minutes to answer.

The number of questions varies, so be ready to answer anything from 2 to 5 questions.  

You can answer on your cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer - as long as it has a camera.

Target's HireVue interview specifics

Target is a retailer, so the vast majority of questions are going to be related to that business and your attitude answering those questions should be one of a person who really cares about customer service.

If we take a look at Target's values, it's pretty clear what they are interested in:

  • Great shopping
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Ethics at work

So make sure you care about giving Target customers a great shopping experience, have an open mind that values diversity and inclusion, that you think about your community and how to improve it, and - last but not least - have strong work ethics.

Below are a few sample questions that will get you familiarized with the types of questions asked on the Target HireVue interview.


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How to prepare for Target's HireVue

Start with what you can control.

Start your interview in a place that is quiet - away from kids, pets, lawnmowers, etc. Not only will the person viewing your video have a hard time understanding you, loud noises right when you are about to answer a question might sap your confidence.

Even though you might be at home, dress as if you were at an in-person interview. People viewing your answers appreciate the professionalism of someone that took the time to think about this issue and record using appropriate clothing.

Lighting is absolutely key. If you record in an environment with low light, you'll come across as a blurry, barely recognizable mess on video - which does not help your chances of getting hired.  Open your curtains to let in lots of natural light or turn on lights to brighten up the environment.  When it comes to lighting, more is always better - as long as the lights aren't pointed at your camera!

Last but not least - PRACTICE! HireVue interviews can be extremely stressful. The only way to gain confidence in these interviews is by getting used to them and understanding how to best answer the questions.

Voomer is a great way to do all that since you can practice on sample Target HireVue interview questions and get instant AI-powered feedback on your answers so you can land that job!  

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