23 retail companies hiring fast

Research shows that on average it takes 23.8 days to be hired in the U.S. However, in the retail industry, offers are being doled out even faster than that. We took a look at this year's Best Places to Interview and the retail companies that were recognized. Turns out, not only do stores like J. Crew and Old Navy hire fast, but they've got pretty good ratings and reviews from candidates.

Looking for a new gig fast? Look no further. Here are 23 stores hiring quickly:

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J. Crew 

Interview Experience: 83% Positive
Interview Process: 9 Days
What Candidates Say: "Brief process; Sitting down the HR manager discussing past employment and many skills you think would help you selling product/styling clients. Takes about 20 minutes, and they are very friendly. They want responsible employees who show up on time, can connect with customers and the more open your schedule is the better!" -- Stylist Interview. 

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LUSH North America 

Interview Experience: 81% Positive
Interview Process: 13 Days
What Candidates Say: "The interview took the form of a hiring "hiring party." It was essentially a group interview - there were about 15 other people besides me. The manager in training explained some of the background on Lush, asked us a few basic questions in a group setting, and had us partner up and do a product demo on our partner while they watched and gave tips. Overall a very laid-back and fun interview." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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Banana Republic 

Interview Experience: 78% Positive
Interview Process: 11 Days
What Candidates Say: "Group interview, very nice. Asked standard interview questions like why I wanted to work in retail. They also had us order an item, reserve it in store and then proceed to build an outfit around it." -- Part Time Sales Associate Interview. 

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HEB 

Interview Experience: 78% Positive
Interview Process: 13 Days
What Candidates Say: "It was [an] easy group interview.You write your name on a piece of paper place it infront of you. And then you are ask[ed] to group 2-3 to a team and you guys will be ask[ed] to sell a product." -- Lot Attendant Interview. 

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Belk 

Interview Experience: 77% Positive
Interview Process: 12 Days
What Candidates Say: "It was great. Very interactive. The reason why I didn't get the offer is because I was 17. The HR was highly disappointed by that, because I made a good impression." -- Sales Associated Interview. 

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Nordstrom Rack 

Interview Experience: 76% Positive
Interview Process: 11 Days
What Candidates Say: "I applied online. The interview was split into two parts. An at home video recorded interview done by corporate and then a few days between to find out I moved along and will be interviewed in store. Overall they were fairly common and easy questions. Mainly behavioral with how you would act in difficult situations or sharing an actual experience you with a difficult customer or something else along those lines." -- Rotating Sales and Support Associate Interview. 

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Ralph Lauren 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 23 Days
What Candidates Say: "Very straightforward. First had a call with HR. Interviews were set up for the following week. First round I was interviewed by 3 managers. Thereafter, was called back for a final round which was an interview with 2 VPs." -- Financial Analyst Interview. 

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Anthropologie 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 14 Days
What Candidates Say: "It was a group interview and only lasted about 10 minutes. They asked about our availability and past work experience. Finally, they asked about what we felt about Anthropologie brand represented and our personal style." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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Old Navy 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 12 Days
What Candidates Say: "In-person interview with hiring manager and final interview with store director. Overall interview process took two weeks. Total of about 2 weeks between interviewing and starting, so it did take a little while to actually start working." -- Training Specialist Interview. 

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Lululemon 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 16 Days
What Candidates Say: "The interview process as said by the rest of the applicants was very casual. It was myself and two more girl applicants. We got there and sat down on mats and met with the assistant store manager. She was kind and sweet. Questions were very unconventional and definitely gravitating towards company core values with emphasis on looking for positive, active, and global oriented crew!" -- Educator Interview. 

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Publix 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 12 Days
What Candidates Say: "The interviewers were friendly and it was very down-to-earth. They made it clear what they wanted in their employees, and I was made to feel welcomed and comfortable. At the end, they asked if I had any questions, and they seemed happy when I asked them something. Overall, not bad!" -- Staff Interview. 

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American Eagle Outfitters 

Interview Experience: 72% Positive
Interview Process: 10 Days
What Candidates Say: "I felt extremely comfortable in my interview. The lady I had interviewed with was very friendly and had asked the typical American Eagle interview questions. I had left feeling confident and not worried, mainly because she had made sure I was comfortable and not nervous during the process." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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Tilly's 

Interview Experience: 71% Positive
Interview Process: 9 Days
What Candidates Say: "The process is very easy and chill. They do a group interview with 4 people. Come into the interview energetic and excited! Dress like you would if you were to work at the store." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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REI 

Interview Experience: 71% Positive
Interview Process: 11 Days
What Candidates Say: "Was very laid back, fairly easy conversation. Questions were easy and typical. Interview style changes depending on manager conducting the interview. However, since my interview, there have been many changes to the interviewing and hiring process." -- Assistant Store Manager Softlines Interview. 

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DSW 

Interview Experience: 71% Positive
Interview Process: 14 Days
What Candidates Say: "It was really easy, and pretty straight forward questions were asked. Just make sure to answer with depth answers. I applied online and got an email about the interview within a couple of days. I was offered the job, only two hours after my interview." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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Ann Taylor 

Interview Experience: 71% Positive
Interview Process: 10 Days
What Candidates Say: "Interview had a natural flow of question/answer. The Store Manager really took her time getting to know my strengths and what I could bring to the team as a new associate. She was very knowledgeable about the Ann Taylor brand." -- Sales Associate Interview. 

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Costco Wholesale 

Interview Experience: 69% Positive
Interview Process: 14 Days
What Candidates Say: "Interview questions included: Tell me about a time your manager gave you feedback or coaching. How do you communicate with supervisors and managers? Tell me about a time you were successful due to your ability to communicate. How do you define great customer service? Describe a time when you exceeded the expectations of your position. How do you handle misunderstandings with co-workers?" -- Stocker Interview. 

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Trader Joe's 

Interview Experience: 69% Positive
Interview Process: 19 Days
What Candidates Say: "I went in and handed in my application and my resume. The manager and assistant manager were the nicest people I have ever met. They ask you some questions and tell you if they have a position for you they will let you know." -- Crew Member Interview. 

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IKEA 

Interview Experience: 69% Positive
Interview Process: 18 Days
What Candidates Say: "Very hardcore questions but was offered the position on the spot. Started off as a seasonal only to become a full time employee. Had to learn multiple departments because, Summer is the busiest time at IKEA." -- Childcare Interview. 

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Barnes & Noble 

Interview Experience: 68% Positive
Interview Process: 12 Days
What Candidates Say: "The application and interview process were both extremely simple. I filled out an application and included my referring employee. I received an email response within the next three days requesting an interview. The interview was very brief and included an overview of the store's various departments." -- Bookseller Interview. 

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REI 

Interview Experience: 67% Positive
Interview Process: 17 Days
What Candidates Say: "Interview questions included: Tell me about a time you were given unclear directions and still succeeded. Design your dream tent. (Laws of Physics do not apply) What does "Real. Alive. Connect" mean to you?" -- Retail Sales Specialist Interview 

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H&M

Interview Experience: 67% Positive
Interview Process: 18 Days
What Candidates Say: "It was a group interview. We were all asked the same questions and answered individually. We were given our own set of building blocks and told to build whatever we wanted in 3 minutes." -- Sales Advisor Interview. 

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Kohl's 


Interview Experience: 67% Positive
Interview Process: 11 Days
What Candidates Say: "Very good ask mostly standard questions, upbeat and professional. Has a series of questions to ask and may put you in positions where they are in higher need of. Will definitely need to be confident in your interview." -- Sales Floor Associate Interview. 

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