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Old 02-04-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Like for a job in retail?
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:10 PM
 
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People who could spell manager.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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BTDT

A lot depends on the job. In general; interest in working (a lot fill out employee apps just to meet unemployment requirements), honesty, ability to show up on time (own transportation), ability and willingness to follow basic instructions, general appearance, required documentation available, decent references, reasonable education. Some jobs have legitimate age requirements - some cities have (illegal, IMO) curfews on youngsters, especially if they attend school.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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1. Living close by
2. Not having kids
3. Knowing a bit about the company (doesn't have to be extensive knowledge)
4. A certain spirit of unconventionality....no "yes, Boss!" types
5. Proper spelling and grammar
6. That almost imperceptible simpatico that tells me we're on the same wavelength.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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If it's a customer facing sales position then I'm more interested in their people skills, attitude and their appearance.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: In America's Heartland
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It really comes down to responsibility, knowledge and most importantly attitude. If other employees do not enjoy working along side of you, chances are pretty good that customers are not going to enjoy the experience either.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Zenstyle View Post
1. Living close by
2. Not having kids
3. Knowing a bit about the company (doesn't have to be extensive knowledge)
4. A certain spirit of unconventionality....no "yes, Boss!" types
5. Proper spelling and grammar
6. That almost imperceptible simpatico that tells me we're on the same wavelength.
For some reason I don't think I's want to be on the same "wavelength" with you.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I was a hiring manager for several years in retail.

The things that threw up red flags after a while for me were:

#1 They were very young, but already had "babies"
#2 They were on food stamps or other types of "assistance", other than unemployment
#3 They had worked for a VERY SHORT time at several other retail establishments
#4 They did not have their own transportation
#5 Sloppy or dirty, tattoos showing, too many piercings, wild hair colors, smelling like cigarette (or alchohol),
#6 They had been in trouble with the law
#7 Too quiet, not asking any questions at all, saying "I'll take anything, I just need a job"
#8 Bad mouthing or blaming past employers or fellow co-workers.

Now, to be honest, several things I have mentioned above, by law, are not supposed to be taken into consideration when making a hiring decision. I just found other critera for disqualifying a person if they had some of the above issues.

But after awhile, I learned the hard way, that a lot of the criteria I mentioned above translate into lack of personal responsibility and accountability, which affect a persons overall work ethic. Not always, but many times. They just can't be counted on to be there, be on time, and do what is asked. Too much "calling out" and wanting off for this and that, victim mentalities, family "problems", texting on the job, etc. And I got sick and tired of dealing with it.

The "green for go" signs were:

- Going to school or taking classes of any kind
- Outgoing and relaxed while being interviewed, asking legitimate questions about the job, smiling easily
- Have own transportation
- Dressed neatly, conservatively
- Well spoken

I got to the point where I preferred to do extra work myself than deal with the first set of types. Of course, I don't know what these retail places think they're going to get these days when they are only offering low-pay, part time jobs with few hours and no benefits.

Glad I'm NOT in retail anymore.
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