Can You Apply To Target Twice – Here’s The Process!

With nearly 2,000 stores in the United States and a pretty high turnover rate (like most retail establishments), it’s a safe bet that Target is usually hiring. The available jobs will depend on the location, but if you’re looking for an hourly job with few required qualifications, Target could be a good choice. What happens if you get turned down the first time, though – can you apply to Target twice?

Yes, you can apply to Target twice. However, if you want to reapply for the same position, the online system may make you wait for quite a while before that’s possible.

The good news is that even if you get turned down for one position, others may be available. Keep reading to find out more!

How long before I receive a reply to my application?

Assuming you applied online, the standard process for most hourly jobs, you should get a reply within a week or two. This gives them time to review your application, as well as time to perform a background check and possibly a drug test. Background checks are standard for all applicants; drug tests aren’t required for 100% of new applicants, but they’re pretty common.

What is Target’s job application process like?

For most positions, applications have to be done online; they take about half an hour to complete. Most of the process is fairly predictable: you’ll be asked to describe your work experience and education, and you can fill in part of the application from your LinkedIn profile if desired. At the end of the process, you’ll also get the chance to upload your resume.

A recent addition to their online application process is the video interview feature. Like in a regular job interview, you’ll be asked questions like “What are your greatest weaknesses?” or “How would you handle a disagreement with a co-worker?”.

The main difference is that you’ll be talking into your webcam instead of giving your replies to an actual person. Your answers will be recorded and submitted with the rest of your application and eventually reviewed by an actual person.

Although you only get one opportunity to record your answer to each interview question, you do get a couple of minutes to think about how to answer each one.

You’ll also be asked to complete the Target application questionnaire, a psychometric assessment test that evaluates your suitability as an employee. Part personality test, part situational judgment test, this is another way for the people reviewing job applications to see how candidates measure up.

Does Target hire people with no experience?

They most definitely do! Training is provided to all new employees, so even if it’s your first job, you still have a shot at being hired by Target. In the interest of maintaining reasonable expectations, remember that your experience level may influence the hourly rate you get paid.

How do I pass my Target interview?

The Target representative conducting or reviewing the interview wants to know not only about your background and possible qualifications but also about any character attributes that would (or wouldn’t) make you a good fit for the job. Here are a few guidelines to bear in mind for an interview:

  • The interviewer wants to get a feel for who you are as a person, so don’t be too formal.
  • Feel free to be descriptive and go into detail as you answer each question, but make sure you don’t ramble – stay on topic.
  • As you formulate your responses, think about how they relate to skills and values relevant to the job.
  • Express your appreciation for the opportunity.
  • If interviewing in person, confirm what the next steps are.

What topics are covered in Target’s job interviews?

As job interviews go, the ones conducted by Target won’t be all that intense. Even so, it’s easy to get nervous once it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. With that in mind, here are a few topics you can prepare for during your next interview with Target.

  • They want to assess your qualifications, so consider any certifications or experience that would prepare you for the job.
  • They want to discover how inclusive you are, so expect questions about how you resolve conflict with people who think differently from you.
  • They want to find out how well you can connect with people, so they’ll probably ask how you view collaboration with others.
  • They want to see if you’re a driven individual, so they’ll likely include questions about your problem-solving abilities.

Should I call Target about my application?

Even if you aren’t on pins and needles to know your application status, it’s a solid idea to call the store you’ve applied to just to check in. It puts you on their radar as someone motivated and responsible and may help give you an edge over the competition.

There are limits to this strategy; one or two calls are about all they can handle before you start sounding a bit needy.

How long before I can reapply for the same position at Target?

Target doesn’t provide exact numbers, but they do say it could be up to a year before their online portal allows you to reapply for the same position.

So, where does that leave you? If possible, try applying for other positions. For example, if you applied to be a cashier and didn’t get hired, you may have a shot at being a help desk assistant or a stocker.

Remember that even though you don’t necessarily need experience in order to be hired at Target, they will be considering your previous job experience as they compare you to other candidates.

This means that if your only retail experience involves working as a cashier, you probably won’t have much luck if you apply to be a beauty consultant.

What should I do if I get rejected for a job at Target?

First of all, don’t give up! You can always apply for a different position or even apply to a different store.

Second, consider which parts of your application could be improved. Now that you know the application process, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect. Maybe you could get someone to help you spruce up your resume, or you could do more prep ahead of time for the video interview.

Another improvement could be your answers to the Target application questionnaire, but here’s the catch: you can only take it once every six months.

If you wanted to reapply right away, your initial answers to the test would still be on the online portal. If you were willing to wait, you could take the test again and see if your new answers made a difference.

The takeaway

Applying to Target isn’t hard, but figuring out why you got rejected could be. Fortunately, getting turned down for one position doesn’t mean you’ll get turned down for others. With the right strategies and a little perseverance, you could land that job at Target after all!

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