June 19, 2013
The digital realm is among the most important spaces in Target’s future. From Target.com e-commerce to our presence in social media channels, apps and beyond, it’s already playing a big role in creating exciting and relevant multichannel experiences for our guests every day. That means we need to build our digital project teams with top talent in order to keep us ahead of the curve.
So what does it take to land a position in a digital role at Target? Four members of our hiring teams answer a few of the most common questions they hear about digital careers at Target and reveal some important things they’re looking for when interviewing candidates.
Why is Target a great place for someone with digital skills to work?
“We have an awesome brand,” says Patrick Dahman, senior group manager, Target.com Digital Product Management and Site Optimization. “It’s already a well-known part of our stores that keeps guests coming back, but it’s still maturing and evolving in the digital space. That’s exciting, because it means our team’s innovations are helping to define our digital brand right now.”
Luke Doubler, senior talent sourcer, Human Resources, agrees. “Our focus on the digital experience is defining the future of retail,” he says. “We need to stay fresh and relevant to our guests. The experiences you’ll gain with us will push your career to new highs. Our inclusive team environment yields results that make Target one of the most beloved brands in retail.”
“Target offers more stability and work-life balance than other digital organizations I’ve worked in,” adds Bobby Patterson, group manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics. “Target also does a really good job in developing talent compared to many other companies. Leaders are more supportive of internal career moves as a result of a culture that focuses on the long-term interests of its team members.”
“The chance to work on one of the most dynamic e-commerce brands in the world is extremely rare,” says Andy Nelson, senior group manager, Target.com. “I’ve been here nine years and I’m more energized than ever to come to work in the morning. Opportunities like this are hard to find anywhere else.”
What qualities do you look for when interviewing candidates for a digital position?
“I look for individuals who are passionate about problem solving, have strong analytical skills and business acumen and an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Andy.
Adds Bobby, “I really notice candidates with experience optimizing an e-commerce site through web analytics and A/B testing tools. Given that we work with stakeholders in many different organizations, we need talented people who are willing to work across organizational lines to get things done quickly.”
“We also need people who are data-driven and good problem solvers,” says Patrick. “It’s helpful to have a passion for digital, daily interactions with devices, and an opinion about how you think e-commerce should look and feel. It’s also important to have a 360-degree perspective. Be able to see the full picture, understand partners’ input, evaluate merit and adjust course accordingly.”
What tips do you have for somebody seeking a digital position at Target?
“Whether you’re interviewing on the phone or in person, be prepared to give examples of how your work has made a difference and what you’ve learned from challenging situations, says Bobby. “Tell us what you’re passionate about so we can help find the best match for both the company’s needs and your career interests.”
“Understand complexity, but speak simply,” advises Patrick. “Our space can be complex, so whether we’re talking technology or processes, one needs to be able to distill the details into concepts we can all understand and communicate clearly and diplomatically, yet directly and with purpose.”
What’s the best way for candidates to connect with Target?
“Target recruiters are plugged in!” says Luke. “You can find us on Target’s Careers site, on LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and various other social media channels.”
“You’ll also find us at campus events, Alumni networking events and other industry recruiting events,” says Patrick. “So be sure to stop by and say hello!”
Digital careers at Target offer the opportunity to use advanced technology on the job, grow within a talented team and make the shopping experience even better for guests. Want to learn more? Explore Target.com and mobile career opportunities.
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