What to Wear to a Target Job Interview

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Are you interviewing for a job at Target? The retail giant, which sells everything from groceries to clothes to furniture and more, has nearly 2,000 stores across the United States. Target is frequently hiring cashiers, sales assistants, managers, and other positions, particularly in the lead-up to the holidays. 

If you're applying for a job at Target, it may be one of your first job interviews ever. Get advice on how to select an appropriate interview outfit, along with how to prepare for common questions during an interview at Target. 

What to Wear for an Interview at Target

What you wear to an interview at Target depends on what type of position you're applying for. 

For Entry Level Positions

Choose a business casual look, like a polo shirt with chinos, or a dress shirt with black slacks. You can also wear a dress or a skirt and top. (If you are wearing a skirt or dress, make sure it is neither too short nor too casual.) 

For Managers

If you're interviewing for a managerial role, your outfit should reflect a higher level of professionalism. If you're a male, consider adding a tie, and opting for a button-down shirt instead of a polo shirt. If you're a woman, you might want to wear a skirt with a dressy blazer.

Outfit Advice for Any Position

No matter what position you're interviewing for at Target, it's best to avoid wearing jeans. Also, make sure your clothes are clean and unwrinkled, and do not have any holes. 

Ultimately, it's important to appear neat and well-groomed. If you're applying for a position in which you'll be interacting with customers, you'll need to represent the company and seem approachable and friendly. 

Avoid wearing anything that might be controversial, like a T-shirt with writing on it; or anything off-putting, like sloppy sweatpants or messy hair. 

Another essential part of presenting yourself in a professional manner is your attitude. You need to dress well, but you also need to demonstrate to your interviewer that you will be a positive addition to the team and that you will be friendly and accommodating to customers.

While your clothes for the interview are important, it's also a good idea to wear a smile and greet your interviewer with friendly confidence. (See more tips for nonverbal communications during an interview.)

Should You Wear the Target Uniform? 

Some candidates for employment at Target wonder if they should wear the Target uniform: a red shirt with khaki pants. 

Unless you are explicitly instructed to wear this, it's generally better to stick to a more basic business casual, generic look. You don't want to seem presumptuous, and wearing the uniform to the job interview could make you seem sure you've already landed the job. 

Target Interview Tips

  • Practice retail job interview questions and answers before the interview. Target lists "great guest service" as a key component to its mission statement, so it's important that you're able to answer questions about customer service and shop operations.
  • Teamwork is another important part of a job at Target, so review the questions you might be asked about teamwork during your interview.
  • You can also check out the list of teamwork skills to broaden your vocabulary, and drop some "buzzwords" when you're asked to describe yourself or your ability to work well with others.
  • While you're at it, take a look at the customer service skill list, too, as well as the top 10 skills you need to succeed in customer service.
  • You can search job openings online, and you can submit your job application online, too. Here's more on employment at Target.
  • Take a look at Target's mission and values statement so you can shape your answers in a way that aligns with the company's culture.

Key Takeaways

Plan your outfit based on the position. You'll want to wear something more formal for an interview as a manager. 

Always wear something clean and unwrinkled. It's not necessary to wear a suit, but do keep your outfit work-appropriate. Avoid anything sloppy, and stay away from jeans. 

Have a good attitude. Since this is a customer service role, your attitude matters. It's a good idea to smile and come across as friendly and personable in your interview. 

Practice common interview questions. The more you practice, the more confident you'll feel on the day of the interview.