Here’s why Target is letting job-seekers ‘chop a job’ and go on a ‘mini-internship’

A job interview is only half the game. The other half comes in the form of follow-up after the interview, and on this front, Target wants applicants to know that it will be taking prospective employees to lunch — and it’s giving them a great reason to do so.

The discount retailer is teaming up with THINK Together, a social enterprise that helps people make good choices so they can start their own businesses, to offer “Chop A Job” — a fellowship program that exposes aspiring entrepreneurs to retail and would-be store-owners to a store environment for an entire month. THINK Together wants candidates to intern for a month at an actual Target store, where they’ll learn about aspects of a job that aren’t often covered on job interview shows like “Shark Tank” — store job responsibilities, how to transfer data from one computer to another, and handling a paycheck and discounts.

The fellows have the opportunity to turn their experience into a small business.

“The ‘Chop A Job’ program is a great addition to the more than 900 Target stores we have located around the country,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement. “We’re committed to sourcing from local communities to support our partners in hiring our future workforce, and ‘Chop A Job’ helps us do just that.”

For the second year in a row, Target has partnered with THINK Together for the “Kick-Off” and “Internship Camps” programs, aimed at inspiring youth to take action to further their careers.

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