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Interviews at Barnes & Noble

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Barnes & Noble.
Interview experience
Based on 383 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 379 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 365 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at Barnes & Noble

Overview experience
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Interview process length
About a day or two
41%
About a week
35%
About two weeks
14%
About a month
7%
More than one month
3%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
89%
Background check
54%
Phone call/screening
44%
Group interview
12%
Problem solving exercises
7%
Least reported steps
Written test
1%
They have no interview
0%
Take-home/sample work
0%

What candidates say about the interview process at Barnes & Noble

  • I don't remember getting interviewed besides over the phone. The first day I went in was for orientation.
    Shared on July 1, 2019 - Bookseller - San Antonio, TX
  • For a part-time bookseller position, I sent in my application on a Friday, got a call the next Tuesday, had an interview that Wednesday, sent references that day, got a background check notification o…
    Shared on June 26, 2019
  • When I was interviewed I wasn't given the option to do more than answer yes or no. The only time I was asked a question that required them to know anything about me was what is my favorite book.
    Shared on June 4, 2019 - Bookseller - New York, NY

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)88%
  • Formal (business suit)6%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)4%
  • They didn’t have a dress code2%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Barnes & Noble
  • Read books, go to school get a better job bc it's only PT
    Shared on February 9, 2019 - Cafe/bookseller - High Point, NC
  • Consider how committed you are to helping others, ask all the questions you can think of for the job.
    Shared on December 26, 2018 - Bookseller - Children's Dept. Lead - Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Who cares, they'll hire any body willing to hop on board the sinking ship... ALSO smile and say you're great at helping your grandma use her phone
    Shared on September 5, 2018 - Bookseller/Customer Service - Milford, CT
The first interview at Barnes & Noble
How candidates got an interview
  • Other online application31%
  • I walked in15%
  • Through Indeed.com14%
  • Employee referral14%
  • Paper application9%
How candidates received their first interview at Barnes & Noble
  • Referal through a friend
    Shared on September 11, 2018 - Digital Sales Lead - Fayetteville, AR
  • I got a job as a student. these bookstores hire students first and if you stay with them they move you up to a full time position if they have one at the same or different location.
    Shared on June 20, 2018 - Assistant Store Manager - Garden City, NY
  • I applied.
    Shared on May 17, 2018 - Bookseller - Kent, OH
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