Tips for Applying for a Job at Target

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Target is the second largest American retailer (after Walmart), selling furniture, groceries, clothing, and more in its nearly 2,000 stores throughout the United States. Target has over 320,000 team members working in stores and distribution centers.

Here's information about the types of jobs available at Target and how to apply for them.

Applying for a Job at Target

According to Target.com, the company is committed to balancing their employees' lives in terms of their physical health, financial security, social relationships, career engagement, and community involvement in order to make their work meaningful.

Health benefits include the traditional medical, dental, and vision in addition to a maternity support program, a nurse line, and programs and rewards to encourage healthy living.

Their social well-being program includes discounts, social networks (including diversity and inclusion business councils), leisure activities, and life event resources to help employees create meaningful relationships both within and outside of work.

Target's financial plan offers savings and investment plans, insurance options, team member discounts, and some unique benefits including: adoption assistance reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, parental leave, a childcare discount, commuter benefits, and a Daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Types of Jobs Available

Positions available at Target include corporate, distribution center, management, and hourly retail positions, as well as a variety of internships for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Target's Hiring Process

The retail store hiring process takes at least one to two weeks on average to complete, though some applicants may spend four weeks completing the procedure when competition is high. Target places importance on teamwork and customer service in their interviews, so focus on your skills in these areas.

An interviewer might also pose some behavioral situations to assess how you deal with issues like loss prevention and employee conflict. Here are some typical interview questions you might encounter:

  • Why do you want to work for Target?

  • Which department do you want to work for and why?

  • Tell me about your experience with front-end sales or customer service.

  • Describe how you would resolve a conflict with a customer.

What should you wear in order to make the best impression? Here are some suggestions on appropriate interview attire for an interview at Target.

Career Opportunities at Target

Target employment information including current store job openings, employment application information, career information, and how to apply online is available at Target.com.

Target Job Application Forms

You can search for jobs on Target's Career website by job category (administrative, store hourly job, etc.), store location, or by group. To apply for a position, you will need to create an account in order to set up a profile and fill out an application. There are different applications based upon the type of position you're applying for.

If you are applying for an hourly position at a store, your online application will be saved in Target's system and you will have 48 hours to complete it at a Target store, distribution center, or online.

It's a good idea to have a list of all the information you need to apply online ready, so you don't run out of time and have to start over.

Target Campus Recruiting

Information on undergraduate, graduate, and MBA recruiting, as well as internships, is available online. Filter Target recruiting events occurring both on- and off-campus by state, to find college recruiting events to attend.

How to Find Target Store Job Openings

Search for jobs at Target and complete a Target job application online for the location and job that interests you.

Job applicants can also apply in Target stores where there are booths available to apply. If you don't see the application center, ask Customer Service for information.

You can search open jobs by keyword, location, and radius. There are optional filters for type of job (career area), country, state/region, and city. The radius search allows job seekers to search 5 - 25 miles from a city of interest.

To be notified of new job openings, sign up for email alerts for new postings in your career area of interest or location.

Many Target stores also advertise local store jobs with a sign at the front entrance. If there are immediate openings or hiring is being ramped up for the holidays, for example, check directly with the store where you'd like to work.

Why Work at Target?

Review information on Target employee benefits, careers, employees, guests, stores, and locations, as well as the recognition Target has achieved as a leading employer. 

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