Merchandisers are organized and detail-oriented with an eye for pitching out the right products for your brand. Use these sample interview questions to find the best person for the job.

High-quality candidates will be experienced, qualified (think BS in marketing), analytical and creative. They’ll be passionate about working for your company and will have a great understanding of your brand and target market. They’ll also show strong teamwork, commercial acumen, communication and presentation skills.

Top tips: 

  • Set an assignment: Ask your candidate to complete a short math test that relates to the day-to-day decisions they’ll make. For example the item quantities to order, item pricing, promotion etc.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Merchandiser interview questions

  • What’s been your career highlight so far and why?
  • What does a day in the life of a Merchandiser look like?
  • What’s the most important part of a Merchandiser’s role?
  • What makes you decide to buy a product?
  • Who are our customers?
  • How do we stand out (or not) from our competitors?
  • How do you prioritize your tasks?
  • Describe your experience reading planograms.
  • Describe a top-selling product at your last company. How many and what types/sizes would you order? Which had the highest consumption rate?
  • Why would a competitor selling the same item at the same price be more successful than us? What factors could be involved?
  • What would you do if you caught a coworker stealing?
  • Have you ever had to deal with an angry store manager? What did you do?
  • Have you ever had to work with a difficult coworker? How did you handle it?

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