How do I get a job at my local Blockbuster video store?

I’m 14 and 11 months, so I’m just old enough to work. I haven’t had any real retail experience, though I have operated a stall at the local markets. How can I make a good enough impression so that they will give me a job?
I live in Australia. The legal working age is 14 and 9 months.

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8 Responses to “How do I get a job at my local Blockbuster video store?”

  1. beni1015 July 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    For someone as young and as inexperienced as you are, you have to be 10 times better than someone would be in an interview who already has experience. You need to fill out an application and be ready to dress and act very mature at the interview. You have to prove to them that it would not be a mistake to hire someone as young as you. The last thing they would want is some giggly, immature young girl working there and being a representative of their company. Good luck!

  2. nikkol z July 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    you might need a work permit then put your application in and keep bugging them to hire you.

  3. christina w July 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    i think its great u want a job but u have to be at least 16 to work legally go in talk to them ask to help out now and then and when ur old enuff they may offer u a job good luck

  4. BrushPicks July 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    you are too young i think.

  5. dolphins4jcs July 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    just go in and ask how old you have to be to work there and if you are old enough fill out an application. But I think you have to be 18.

  6. Diana July 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    dress nice neat combed respectful and explain why you want the job and that you are willing to learn

  7. Amara July 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Most states and cities will not hire people until you are 16 or 17 years old. You may want to check with your local child labor laws first before you go applying at any place.

    Based on my personal experience, it is hard to get hired at video stores for some reason. They are VERY picky. I would just keep applying when ever I can (some places want you to wait a number of days or months before applying again) and even talk directly to the manager of the store you want to work at, even if they haven’t called you in for an interview. Let him/her know you are very interested.

    As I said before, check with your local child labor laws that effect teens under 18 years of age. Most child labor laws start at 16 or 17 years of age and will only allow you to work for a maximum of 25 hours a week. You also will not be able to work after 10 pm or even before 8am. They just want to make sure you have the time and energy to go to school and study rather than work a full time job.

    Even though you have no retail experience, that should not matter. ANY previous job experiences will be helpful, even if it was only volunteer work. Put down anything you have done before in terms of work or volunteer experiences. As for making a good impression at the interview, just relax. Dress appropriately such as dress pants and a nice shirt, but not too dressy and make sure it is comfortable to be in. If you have to, go ahead and wear jeans, but make sure it is with a nice shirt and the pants are clean with no holes, tears, or faded areas. Be comfortable, but try not to slouch or show signs you are too comfortable like you are at your own house. Be kind and courteous. Use your please and thank yous. If you can, have someone give you a mock interview to practice what it will be like and what questions might be asked. You don’t have to have a rock solid answer for all the questions, but a good general idea is helpful. Be truthful! If you don’t know or are unsure, then let the interviewer know. It is worse to be caught in an obvious lie.

    Above all, be comfortable and confident! When you put off a good and steady aura, it will make others feel the same and good about you.

  8. pattyann July 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    First you must apply, of course. When you get an interview know something about the company and ask a few questions. There are youth programs in some communities that will help with work experience assistance. The programs can actually pay the employer to give you a chance to get the experience you need to work. Remember this is a chain store and it might have its own rules about employee qualifications. There are grocery stores that have video rentals inside them that could give you a chance to nail some experience there. Be persistant if this is what you want to do.

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