Regardless of whether you are applying for a management position or as an entry level sales associate you should know that Home Depot will basically ask you the same questions for the most part. Of course, there will be some differences depending on the type of position you’re applying for, but by knowing these basic questions you will go in having an advantage during your interview.
Either way, the most important thing that you should keep in mind after you apply for a job at Home Depot is that they are looking for a certain type of candidate no matter what type of position you are applying for. They are looking for somebody who is energetic and motivated, somebody who is dependable and can get along well with others. Also, more than likely, they don’t want to hear about how you have a great life outside of your job. I know this sounds quirky but it’s the truth with most employers. There’s a simple reason for this and that is; they want you to be totally dedicated to your job. They want to know that you can fill in for somebody who is out sick, they want to know that you’re available 24/7, and that you will be totally dedicated to them to get the job done. They could care less how great of time you have on the weekends when you party with Joe and Schmoe when in fact all they want to know is if you can fit the bill that they expect.
Here are the most common questions you can expect during your Home Depot employment application interview:
- Why do you want to work at Home Depot? This is the most basic interview question and one that you’re likely to hear from a Home Depot rep. Like any other company, they want to know in your own words why you filled out and submitted a Home Depot application for the job you are applying for. How do you answer this one? Hopefully, by this time, you will have researched their official website and you will have picked out the type of position that you’re hoping to apply for. Since you’ve already indicated the type of position you want to apply for on your application you should have done much research on the position itself. Let the interviewer know why you picked out the specific job description, how this type of position fits your job skills, and how you believe this is going to fit your long-term career goals.
- This one is not actually a question, but they will ask you to tell them a little bit about yourself. Once again, keep the answer focused towards your career instead of your family life. You will have plenty of time later on to talk about your family once you get to know the staff after you’re hired. They could care less about how your aunt Mary cooks the greatest beef stew on the planet and how you get together with them on weekends and have a great time. What they want to know is where you have worked in the past, they want to know what your goals and aspirations are, and they want to know what kind of specific skill sets you have to be able to complete the tasks associated with the job you were looking for.
- Have you ever found yourself in a very difficult and trying situation, and what did you do to resolve the problem? Here, they’re watching out for the BS factor. They are hoping for an answer that sounds sincere and truthful, so this is the time to be prepared with letting them know about a situation where you were stellar in handling it and describe how the problem was resolved.
Your practice with interview questions should definitely not stop here with these common three. A great exercise would be to take 10 of the most common interview questions that you can find pretty much anywhere you look on the Internet. You’ll see a pattern of the same types of questions for job interviews. Just because these are what I call the top three questions they will ask after you submit your Home Depot application and get an interview, it’s possible they will ask you one of them or two, or possibly three, or none of these at all. You have to remember that there are no guarantees. However, without a doubt, the more prepared you are to answer questions during an interview, the more confident you will be and you will drastically raise your chances of getting hired.