Tips for Applying for a Job at Target

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Target, the second largest American retailer after Walmart, sells furniture, groceries, clothing, and more in its nearly 2,000 stores throughout the United States. Target has over 350,000 team members working in stores and distribution centers. 

Positions available at Target include corporate, distribution center, management, and hourly retail positions, as well as a variety of internships for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Why Work for Target?

According to, the company has made a commitment to helping their employees keep balanced lives in terms of physical health, financial security, social relationships, career engagement, and community involvement to make their work meaningful.

Health benefits include the traditional medical, dental, and vision in addition to a maternity support program, a nurse line, and programs and rewards to encourage healthy living.

Target's social well-being program includes discounts, social networks including diversity and inclusion business councils, leisure activities, and life event resources to help employees create meaningful relationships both within and outside of work.

Target offers financial planning tools such as savings and investment plans, insurance options, team member discounts, and some unique benefits including adoption assistance reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, parental leave, a child care discount, commuter benefits, and a Daycare Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Searching and Applying for Positions

Check out Target's job openings, search for jobs that interest you, and complete a Target job application online for the location that fits your needs. Job applicants can also apply in Target stores where there are booths available to apply. If you don't see the application center, ask Customer Service for information.

You can search open jobs by keyword, location, and radius. There are optional filters for type of job (career area), country, state/region, and city. The radius search allows job seekers to search five to 25 miles from a city of interest.

To be notified of new job openings, sign up for email alerts for new postings in your career area of interest or location.

Many Target stores also advertise local store jobs with a sign at the front entrance. If immediate openings exist or they're ramping up hiring for the holidays, for example, check directly with the store where you'd like to work.

Target Job Application Forms

Find jobs for which you'd like to apply on Target's Career website by job category such as administrative or store hourly job, store location, or by group. To fill out an application, you will need to create an account so that you can set up a profile and fill out an application. The site has different applications based on the type of position for which you want to apply.

If you are applying for an hourly position at a store, your online application will be saved in Target's system and you will have 48 hours to complete it at a Target store, distribution center, or online.

It's a good idea to have a list of all the information you need to apply online ready, so you don't run out of time and have to start over.

Research and Prepare for Your Interview

Target has made employment Information including current store job openings, employment application information, career information, and how to apply online available on its website, The retail store hiring process takes at least one to two weeks on average to complete, though some applicants may spend up to four weeks completing the procedure when competition is high. 

Target places importance on teamwork and customer service in their interviews, so focus on your skills in these areas.

Tailor your resume for the specific position you want by adding skills retailers look for in applicants.

Once you land an interview, the interviewer might pose some behavioral situations to assess how you deal with issues like loss prevention and employee conflict. Prepare yourself and be ready to answer some of these typical interview questions:

  • Why do you want to work for Target?
  • Which department do you want to work for and why?
  • Tell me about your experience with front-end sales or customer service.
  • Describe how you would resolve a conflict with a customer.

Dress for success by following these suggestions on appropriate interview attire for your Target interview.

Target Campus Recruiting

You can find information on undergraduate, graduate, and MBA recruiting, as well as internships, available online. Filter Target recruiting events occurring both on- and off-campus by state, to find college recruiting events to attend and check out available internships at Target as well.

Article Sources

  1. Target: "Corporate Fact Sheet," Accessed Sept. 16, 2019.