How to Interview for Retail Jewelry Jobs

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A retail position can be one of the best ways to get your foot in the door of the jewelry industry, according to the Gemological Institute of America. Typically, jewelry sales positions do not require a college education. However, advancing into management or purchasing may require a degree in business or merchandising. In 2010, the median hourly wage for retail sales persons was $9.94 an hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Positions in jewelry stores generally require applicants to undergo background checks and at least one interview.

Fill out an application for a position at a store you where you would like to work. Be sure to answer every question truthfully and make sure you write as neatly as possible. Your application can be your first contact with your future employer.

Respond positively when the store calls to set an interview time. If you can, do not ask the person calling to change the time of the interview. Asking for a different time for the interview can make an employer think you do not care if you get the job.

Review types of jewelry, gems and settings. While nearly everyone can tell the difference between a ring and a necklace, knowing the difference between prong and bezel settings can help you stand out from other applicants.

Dress appropriately. Think about what the employees were wearing when you placed your application. Employee apparel is an indication of what the store is looking for in its employees. Try to select an outfit for the interview that is one step above what the employees were wearing, according to Paradise Valley Community College.

Be on time for your interview. If something happens that prevents you from attending or makes you late, call the store as soon as possible.

Show interest in the company during the interview and answer all questions truthfully. Because of the value of the merchandise, jewelry stores typically will perform a background check before requesting an interview, which enables the interviewer to test your truthfulness.

Ask questions about the job and what the employer expects of employees. While the interviewer is interviewing you, you can interview the employer. Legally, the interviewer cannot ask you about your personal life, but if you have questions regarding your work hours -- overtime, weekend work -- you can ask.

Thank the interviewer for his consideration and ask for his business card. The business card will contain his contact information you can use to call and check on the status of your application if he does not contact you within two weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you choose to research the company before attending your interview, typically retail stores have websites where you can learn about benefits and advancement possibilities.
  • Even though you are interviewing for a position at a jewelry store, wear minimal jewelry to the interview.
  • Have a resume available when applying in case the store asks you for it.
  • Unless the store sells products for body art or piercings, remove body piercings and cover tattoos when you go for your interview. Some companies have policies against piercings -- other than earrings -- and visible tattoos.

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