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Getting a job at Banana Republic with no retail experience?

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BR definitely fits my style best and I am looking for an entry level retail job (don't care about pay or quality of workplace, I just want the experience), but the only work experience I have at 22 years of age is doing a couple years of clerical, janitorial, and course work for my family-owned real estate company (so my only refs would be my parents), while also going to school full time.

Can anyone offer advice on what a retail store like BR is looking for in an employee? What kind of interview questions should I expect? If it matters at all I am above average in looks/height and I am confident that I can sell myself as a competent and motivated employee despite my lack of work experience.

 

Edited by FreddyRed - 6/1/12 at 5:11pm
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Know their product. Visit the online site. Know what they sell. Know everything about the company. Who is the CEO? Head of mens/women design, etc. Since you don't have any retail experience, you will need to show them that you will just need to learn how to sell the way that they do as you know so much about the company.

Visit a store. Ask a few subtle questions. Know when they have sales. Blow the person who may interview you away with your overall understanding of their culture. Where are their headqtrs based? SF? Correct. Parent compant? The Gap? Correct. Etc. etc...

Good luck..
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I would imagine at 99% of the people who apply to BR for retail sales positions have zero retail experience. I'm exaggerating, of course, but really your job right now is to package and market yourself as the most motivated and professional applicant, regardless of experience. Write up your work experience to highlight what you actually did, not just the title and job description. Did you figure out a smarter way to file stuff? Perfect. How much time did it save over a year? Even better.

Do you know anyone who works there now? Can you get to know someone - like an RA at your local store?
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Know their product. Visit the online site. Know what they sell. Know everything about the company. Who is the CEO? Head of mens/women design, etc. Since you don't have any retail experience, you will need to show them that you will just need to learn how to sell the way that they do as you know so much about the company.

Visit a store. Ask a few subtle questions. Know when they have sales. Blow the person who may interview you away with your overall understanding of their culture. Where are their headqtrs based? SF? Correct. Parent compant? The Gap? Correct. Etc. etc...

Good luck..

All of this.
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Blow the person who may interview you . . .

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I would imagine at 99% of the people who apply to BR for retail sales positions have zero retail experience. I'm exaggerating, of course, but really your job right now is to package and market yourself as the most motivated and professional applicant, regardless of experience. Write up your work experience to highlight what you actually did, not just the title and job description. Did you figure out a smarter way to file stuff? Perfect. How much time did it save over a year? Even better.
Do you know anyone who works there now? Can you get to know someone - like an RA at your local store?


I figured that a resume would be useless for a sales position at BR, and I'm not sure that trying to explain my work in a non-related field would be the best use of my interview time.

I was thinking that my main selling point would be my availability. I am willing to work any day of the week at any time since my summer is completely open. Also, I am not looking to just ditch them when the next school year starts, I am willing to keep working for however long they need me to.

Also, would it be best to apply in-store early on a weekday like Monday so I have a better chance of meeting the manager? I figured that they must be very busy during the weekends. Applying online before applying in the actual store would probably make it seem like I don't really care about the job that much.

I should also mention that the specific BR I am applying to is a smaller, more boutique-type location, so I think that my availability and motivation would really stand out for them.

Do I have the right attitude about this right now?

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Edited by FreddyRed - 6/3/12 at 2:10pm
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If they are hiring and you look the part you'll get the job.. It's Banana Republic, I don't think they actually require any prior experience.. What is there to know.. How to use a cash register?

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"BR definitely fits my style best" is one of the saddest phrases I've ever read on the internet.
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