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I've been out of work almost 5 years!<br><br>
I want to apply for a part time job at a women's clothing store and I'm worried about the interview. Do you think it will be a problem that I've not worked for 5 years?<br><br>
Also, what do you say when they inevitable question comes up, "What is your worst quality?" or something to that affect. How do you answer that?,
 

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Say one of your toes is too long and shed some humor on it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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well, I've been a wohm for almost a decade (pretty much my whole life as a mom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) & I still get baffled by the "what's your worst quality" or "what are your weaknesses" questions. It's been over 5 years since I've even had a real interview, so take my advice with a grain of salt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
As for the "weakness" question, I'd be honest, but thoughtful about the situation you're in - an interview, after-all - don't say something is your weakness, if it's actually a strength, but don't bring up something that's going to be a deal breaker for a potential employer, like timliness issues or work ethic.<br><br>
As for the issue of you being out of the workplace for 5 years, I'd focus on the skills you've built during that time that would be beneficial for a retail saleswoman. You've probably dealt diplomatically with people ("toddlers") who are acting out but really just want someone who understands them, right? Dealing with cranky customers in a way that makes them feel like you really care about what they want is important, and probably a skill you've honed quite well as a sahm.....stuff like that.<br><br>
I've never worked retail, but my sister has managed several stores from the time she was 18 and she has always said that what she wanted MOST in an employee was someone who didn't bring drama into the store. The sales teams at her stores were always like a bunch of girlfriends working together and she always focused more on how new "girls" meshed with the store vibe than what kind of experience or skills they brought to the job. Salesmanship (at least when it comes to women's clothes) can be learned, but it has to come from a desire to help the customer and it can't come at a price to everyone else working there. First and foremost, the sales team should be a group of people who have fun together. So, play up your skills at maintaining a peaceful, fun environment & your desire to be part of a team.<br>
Could you mention that you're a moderator on this website? That might look good on your resume.<br><br>
Oh, and you'll probably be doing a lot of tidying up and folding clothes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> so I wouldn't consider it a drawback that you've spent some of the last 5 years doing laundry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Finally, it might come in handy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Yep...... tell them that, no matter how hard you try, you'll never be able to fully embrace the "peep toe shoe" trend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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