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Interviews at Barnes & Noble

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Barnes & Noble.

Interview experience

Based on 1,072 interviews
Favorable

Interview difficulty

Based on 1,060 interviews
Easy

Interview process length

Based on 1,021 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at Barnes & Noble

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 8.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 4.

Interview process length
About a day or two
39%
About a week
37%
About two weeks
15%
About a month
6%
More than one month
3%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
89%
Background check
47%
Phone call/screening
45%
Group interview
13%
Problem solving exercises
9%
Least reported steps
Written test
2%
Take-home/sample work
1%
They have no interview
0%

What candidates say about the interview process at Barnes & Noble

  • You do have to apply online but honestly I don't think they hire everyone who applies unless you call them directly to ask for an application status. I did the exact same thing and called a manager, t…
    Shared on April 8, 2022 - Bookseller - McAllen, TX
  • I applied a week ago and the manager was very prompt about calling me back. I had an interview in the store today which went okay. I was asked about my availability, if i was comfortable selling membe…
    Shared on November 19, 2020
  • They conducted 2 interviews, one with the hiring manager and one with the store manager. They usually wait about a week to give you your second interview but they managed to squeeze me in early, so I …
    Shared on June 25, 2020 - Barista/Cashier - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Interview questions at Barnes & Noble

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • I went for the barista job today. The first questions was what books are you reading? Then if I had a YouTube channel, what would it be about? Name a time when you had to take a different approach wit…
    Shared on November 9, 2018
  • They asked me why I wanted to work there. What situations have you been in where there was a disagreement, how did you solve the disagreement. If you were given a responsibility that you weren't prepa…
    Shared on April 28, 2018 - Book Seller - Fairless Hills, PA
  • Very simple interview. Asked the basic questions, and did a background check.
    Shared on March 7, 2018 - Café Barista - Norman, OK

Interview tips at Barnes & Noble

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)83%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)8%
  • Formal (business suit)6%
  • They didn’t have a dress code3%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Barnes & Noble

  • Confidence and politeness is key
    Shared on December 20, 2019 - Cafe Server - Idaho Falls, ID
  • Dress appropriate. Don't ask for ridiculous amounts of money (especially if you have no experience). As open an availability as possible.
    Shared on November 25, 2019 - Head Cashier/ Cafe Manager - Orlando
  • Read books, and stress how much you love helping people find the perfect book.
    Shared on November 20, 2019

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