Build A Bear Application & Careers

Build A Bear, ‘Where Best Friends Are Made’, is a chain of stores selling stuffed bears and other animals with the twist that customers can help to create their own individual new best friend.  To find out how to apply for Build A Bear online, use the link below to submit a Build A Bear application today.

The workshops help children to create their own bears by selecting the outfits, accessories and other details about their new bears.  There is also the option to record unique voice recordings to put inside the bears for a truly personal toy.  You can also find many recognizable faces amongst the toys such as My Little Pony, The Avengers and Disney Princesses.

Build A Bear is premised on being a fun and happy company not only making individual toys but also running children’s’ parties that can have various themes and each attendee can go away with their very own bear.  The company has been voted one of the best places to work, especially for teenagers for its positive atmosphere and experience.

The company has been running for nearly 20 years now, founded by Maxine Clark in 1997.  Since then it has grown rapidly and now has over 400 stores across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  The company has also contributed to charitable campaigns including the WWF Collecti-bear line that raised over $1 million for the preservation of endangered species.

Build A Bear Careers

There are always job opportunities for enthusiastic candidates as Sales Associates in their various locations.  For this role, experience isn’t always necessary but you must have a bright, sunny attitude and enjoy working with children.  There are also managerial careers available that require applicants to have previous experience in a similar role.

Build A Bear careers also include a number of varied openings in their World Bearquarters.  The vacancies available cover the departments of Accounting/Finance, Administration, Facilities, Legal, Logistics, Marketing, Merchandising, Product Development, Public Relations, Purchasing, IT and Strategic Planning among many others.  Most employment opportunities will require a degree along with a specified amount of experience in the industry.

How old do you have to be to work at Build A Bear?  You must be at least 16 years or over to apply for jobs at Build A Bear.

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The typical opening hours for stores are 10.30am to 8.30pm on weekdays, 10am to 9pm Saturdays and 11am to 6pm Sundays.

There are a number of benefits to Build A Bear jobs including a generous health and wellbeing package with medical, dental and vision insurance as well as an EAP.  Other financial perks include savings and retirement plans for both full-time and part-time staff and bonuses.  Employees are also entitled to a discount on products and some associates may be eligible for the scholarship program.

Build A Bear Job Descriptions

Sales Associate – As a Sales Associate you are responsible for helping customers’ visions come to life by helping to serve customers, make recommendations and assemble the bears to make a one of a kind creation.  You will also handle transactions and have other daily duties such as helping keep the store clean and tidy.  The average pay is $9/hour.

Assistant Manager – An Assistant Manager, whether part-time or full-time, must be able to run all aspects of the workshops in the absence of the Store Manager.  This means that you will supervise the running of the store from managing staff, scheduling and payroll to ensuring that every customer leaves happy with their new friend.  The salary range is between $20-40k/year.

Store Manager – The Store Manager responsibilities cover everything that happens in the store as well as liaising with the District Manager.  You will need to be experienced in recruitment and training and be familiar with store procedures including opening and closing and policies to do with transactions.  The salary for this role is between $40-60k/year.

District Manager – The job description of a District Manager will require you to have oversight over more than one workshop.  You will need to keep track of all of the functions of a Store Manager but on a higher level and ensure that all stores in your area are performing at the standard they should be.  The salary for this position starts at $60k/year.

Build A Bear Interview Questions

Impress the hiring manager at your interview by being prepared for the unique types of questions they ask after you’ve submitted your Build A Bear application.

Which bear in the store best describes you and why?  There isn’t really a right or wrong answer to this question, the most important thing is to show your personality and charisma.  Part of your job will be selling to the customer so demonstrate your natural skills of persuasion.

When was a time you went out of your way to make someone’s day?  They’re looking for people who can make the day of every customer that walks in, so you need to pick a story that shows how you can be resourceful and go above and beyond for someone.

Give yourself a memorable accolade.  They’re looking for answers in the form of ‘[Your Name], the [Positive Quality]’.  Pick something you like about your personality such as ‘the Eternally Cheery’ or ‘the Epic Storyteller’.  Be as creative as you like!

Make up a voice message for a bear.  Being able to do this shows that you understand the brand and the atmosphere.  It’s probably a good idea to be familiar with the types of products they sell so that you can pick something in line with their environment.

How would you handle a child who was crying?  Working with kids all day you’re bound to come across a few tears.  If you have previous experience working with children then it will help here to give examples when you have handled a similar situation.

Advice For Application Process

You can find all the jobs available by searching for Build A Bear jobs online and submit applications for Retail, Corporate or Distribution Center openings.  You can apply online by filling in their online application form and uploading your resume.  If you choose to submit a Build A Bear job application online make sure you double check all of your information before the final submission.

Alternatively you can make a direct application for in-store vacancies by heading down to your local store and filling in a free application there.  You can’t download a printable application for Build A Bear.  Talking to the manager in person is a good way to be memorable from the start and make a good impression.

For Build A Bear jobs at the Sales Associate level you will have a group interview.  In these situations it’s important to make yourself stand out.  You will each be asked about yourself and to work on group projects to show your teamwork skills.  Afterwards you may be asked to come back to the store to complete an aptitude test of behavioral and common sense questions.

For other career opportunities you will be asked to come to a face-to-face interview.  The questions here will be more in depth about your experience and what you can bring to the specific role.  It’s important to be smartly dressed and professional but also to be friendly and positive throughout your interview.
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