Best Buy to Host Hiring Events in Stores to Fill Thousands of Gigs

Amid an unusual seasonal hiring season, Best Buy is holding on-the-spot hiring events at its retail stores.

The consumer electronics retailer announced its plans to hire “thousands” of seasonal workers nationwide. To jump start recruitment efforts, the company is holding on-site job fairs at all retail locations Oct. 3-4.

“The job fairs may include same-day interviews and on-the-spot job offers,” the hiring announcement stated.

According to Best Buy’s store locator tool, it has more than 1,000 storefronts across 38 states and one in Washington, D.C.

Best Buy did not specify exactly how many seasonal workers it plans to hire, though its online job board currently lists more than 2,700 seasonal openings. According to a spokesperson, the company never commits to a specific number.

Seasonal Jobs at Best Buy

Best Buy is looking to hire sales and customer service agents, automobile installation technicians, distribution center workers and more.

All employees — including seasonal workers — are eligible for a 401(k) plan and employee discounts. Plus, this year, the company implemented a $15 minimum wage.

All seasonal positions are entry-level. Some customer service experience is preferred.

For the automobile installation technicians openings, a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional credential is needed, but the program can be completed after onboarding. A valid driver’s license is also required.

Pro Tip

To browse and apply for seasonal openings, use Best Buy’s online job board. Or apply via text by sending BBYJOBS to 97211.

Never Attended a Seasonal Hiring Event Before? Here’s How to Prepare

Walking into a store alongside dozens of other candidates may sound stressful. We’ve compiled tips from hiring event recruiters to help you feel confident.

  1. Check if you need to apply online.
    You may be able to apply on-site at the hiring event, but try to fill out your application online before showing up. In some cases, it may be a requirement. And a spare resume couldn’t hurt.
  1. Dress business casual — with a mask!
    Retail hiring managers say business casual is the way to go. If you’re still unsure, drop by the store before the day of the event and scout out what employees are wearing. Then match your outfit to the job you want.
  2. Be ready to interview.
    It’s common to be interviewed on-the-spot at hiring events. Come prepared to answer behavior-based interview questions, which try to gauge how you react under certain circumstances. The best way to do that is by describing a challenging situation you’ve faced on the job, outlining the action(s) you took and explaining how your response led to a positive outcome.

For additional tips, read our guide to preparing for an in-store hiring event. Then go get yourself a new job.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

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