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article imageTarget employees show teenager how to tie a tie for job interview

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 7, 2015 in Internet
Raleigh - A photo showing employees at a North Carolina Target store instructing a young customer preparing for a job interview how to tie a tie has gone viral online. The target employees also gave the young man practical tips about how to face a job interview
Audrey Mark, a mother of three, was shopping at the Target store near Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, when she noticed what seemed an unusual but heartwarming interaction between Target store employees and a teenager. So she snapped a photo and posted it online.
Now that the photo has gone viral with tens of thousands of Facebook likes, the Target employees are being widely commended for their random act of kindness and exemplary customer service.
The young man had walked into the store on Wednesday and asked for a clip-on tie. But the store did not have one. So instead, he bought a regular tie. But after he admitted he did not know how to tie a tie, store employees offered to show him. They also offered useful tips about how to face a job interview.
In her Facebook page description of the photo, Mark, the customer who snapped the photo, said:
"A kid came in looking for a clip-on tie for a job interview this afternoon. The store only had regular ties, so this awesome Target team member took the time to help the nervous teen put on his new tie, tuck in his shirt and then showed him how to give a proper handshake and tackle a few tough interview questions! As the kid exited the store, a bunch of supportive Target team members cheered him on! THIS is true customer service – Right on the mark, Target!"
One of the Target employees, Cathy Scott, later described the incident to WTVD-TV/ She said that when she saw a young man enter the store "I asked him if he needed help and he told me he needed clip-on ties. We didn't have any."
Another employee, Dennis Roberts, said the young man had to purchase a regular tie because the store did not have clip-on ties. According to Roberts, after the young man purchased a regular tie and admitted he did not know how to tie it, "Cathy says [to me], 'Can you tie a tie?' I said, 'Yes.' We took the wrapping off it, and I tied it on my neck, and fit it over head adjusted it and tightened it... fixed all his collar buttons and he was set to go."
Roberts then helped the young man prepare for what to expect at the job interview. He offered practical job interview tips and asked questions that hiring managers often ask. Roberts even made the young man practice handshakes.
"We said, "Make sure you look him in the eye,'" Roberts said. "I’m saying make sure you give him a firm handshake, and she (Scott) showed him... he tucked his shirt in."
"He was saying, 'Yes, ma’am,'" Scott said, "and he was just soaking it all in."
That was about the moment that Mark, who had been watching the heartwarming scene, snapped the photo that has gone viral with more than 40,000 likes and 3,000 shares on Facebook.
She told WTVD-TV, "It was a very quiet simple moment, but it was very profound honestly kindness... from strangers... in a Super Target. He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming 'Bye! Good luck! Tell us how it went.' I got so emotional. I got teary."
Another Target shopper, Burnita Matthews, commented on Facebook: "I was in Target while the employees were helping this young man. This picture cannot convey the warmth and kindness in their voices as they worked with him."
"We were just here to help a young man get a job and forward his future," Roberts added.
WTVD-TV reports that on Thursday, Roberts and other Target employees went to the Chick-fil-A restaurant and asked the manager if the young man got the job. The manager said he hadn't made his decision but that he would by the end of the week.
According to the Daily Mail, Roberts' daughter Sarah, said on Facebook that her father told the manager that "If they don't hire him Target will."
Unfortunately, the employees do not recall the young man's name. So despite having given him so much help, they don't know who he is. But they said they are hoping to hear back from him about the interview.
Many Facebook users have wished the young man good luck.
Rhawnie Mejia, wrote, "A teenager who shows up for a job interview in a suit and tie??? He deserves whatever job he is applying for!"
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