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How to Get a Job as a Cashier

Physical stamina as well as customer service and math skills are essential to the daily tasks of a cashier. Burden says the best candidates for jobs demonstrate that they are responsible and personable. "You have to be patient with people and be careful [with] how you count your money," she says, adding that you must also project "a good personality regardless of how you're feeling." Displaying knowledge of a company and its products can also help you land a job.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Cashiers

"Do you have prior cashier experience?" - Burlington Coat Factory Cashier Candidate (Bronx, NY)

"What was your worst experience with a customer?" - CVS Caremark Cashier Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Tell me about a time you were short on time in finishing a project." - Target Cashier Candidate (Saint Cloud, MN)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility poor Below Average
Stress Level fair Average
Flexibility good Above Average

What is the Job Like?

Cashiers collect money for purchases at retail establishments. They may need to use electronic scanners and cash registers, make change, process credit or debit card transactions, and validate checks. The biggest employers are grocery stores, gas stations, and general merchandise or department stores. Clerks are often required to spend long periods of time on their feet and may be required to wear a uniform. The schedule can be flexible, and part-time and seasonal work is common. You will be expected to be friendly and agreeable toward customers. "We believe that all of our associates need to really desire to connect with our customer to meet their needs," says Guthrie.

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