Working as a cashier is no rocket-science. In fact, it is perhaps the most common entry-level job in the US. When you want to finally get some working experience for your resume, ideally while still studying, you apply for a cashier job in one of the supermarket or fast food chains. The entry barrier is low, you will always find part time opportunities for cashiers, and succeeding in the interview isn’t that hard.

Having said that, you cannot remain silent while they ask you their questions. And one question you will almost always have to deal with, is the “Tell me about yourself” question. Be it in an interview, or even earlier, while filling an online application form, they expect you to tell them something about yourself. But what do they exactly expect, or want to hear? 

Well, this isn’t rocket science either. They just want to hear a short introduction, or story if you want, that makes sense in the context of your job application. For example that you are a student at this or that school, and have free afternoons, and try to earn some money to support your studies. Or that you’re a single mother and looking for another job on side, to support your family income. Perhaps you made some mistakes in the past, and as a felon you do not have that many options. However, many supermarket chains hire felons, even for cashier jobs, and hence you decided to apply… Let’s have a look at 7 sample answers now. Take them for your inspiration, but try not copying any of them word to work. Add your own spin to the answer, share your authentic story. As I’ve already said, as long as it makes sense in the context of your application, they will be satisfied with your answer.


7 sample answers to “Tell me about yourself” interview question for cashiers

  1. I’m studying in my final year at high school, and undecided what to do next with my life. I may try to apply for a university, and I may decide to work first for a year of two. Nonetheless, every extra dollar will help me, and a part time job of a cashier is an ideal position in this situation. In my free time I enjoy reading books and socializing with people.
  2. My name is Emily, 27, single mother of two. I work in a bank in the morning, but the income isn’t really sufficient. Hence I am looking for a part time job for weekends. Have some experience with cash handling, am 100% reliable, hardworking, and people generally enjoy my company.
  3. Marty, 37, just got out of jail. Made my mistake, did my time, learn my lesson. Looking forward to start anew, with a clean sheet, in a job I can realistically get. Thank you for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to become the best cashier I can be.
  4. My name is Emily and I’ve been working for Target for 2 years, on a position of a cashier. Since I have not got promoted in the two years, despite being reliable and having almost no sick leave, I decided to change my job. The values of Target do not resonate for me anymore anyway. I am looking for a job in a store that puts more emphasis on sustainability and climate protection. Of course, I’d love to start as a cashier, and hopefully if I do a good job for a year or two, I will get a chance to become a head cashier or perhaps a supervisor.
  5. I am just a normal 20 year old guy, first year at college. Enjoy sports, movies, and hard work too. I have a loving family but they cannot support me financially during my studies. For that reason I am looking for a job on side, and with no previous experience, cashier looks like an ideal choice for me.
  6. I am a hard-working woman in her late fifties, who was made redundant after working in the same place for more than 10 years. As you can imagine, it isn’t easy getting a new job at my age. But I still want to work, feel physically strong, and am ready to give my very best day in day out in the job. Basically I am ready to accept any job, and cashier looks like a great choice for me.
  7. First of all, I am a big supporter of your restaurant chain. Go to eat here often with friends, and also recommend you to people I know. Because you are simply better than others. Logically when I am now looking for my first job, while still studying, the first place I visited was your career website. And a position of a par-time cashier looks like an ideal job for me, considering everything. Hope you will give me a chance to prove that I am a quick learner and a hard worker. Thank you for considering my application.

So that’s it! I hope at least one of the answers resonated with you, and with the message you hope to convey in your interviews! Make sure to check also other questions you may face while trying to get a job of a cashier:

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