An Inside Look at How a Tie Started a Career
“Yasir Moore, a teen from North Carolina, went through three rounds of interviews for his first job… with the entire country standing by."
Job interviews are nerve-racking enough, but how does it feel when thousands of people are following your interview process online? Yasir Moore, a teen from North Carolina, went through three rounds of interviews for his first job… with the entire country standing by. It all started when he went on the search for a clip-on tie.
“I was getting ready for an interview at Chick-fil-A and my mom told me to dress well,” recalls Moore.
In an effort to impress his future employer, he stopped at Target just before his interview to purchase a clip-on tie (at the time Moore didn’t know how to tie a real tie). As we previously shared, he was greeted by Target employees who not only helped him find the perfect tie (a real tie—not a clip-on), but also gave him helpful tips for the interview.
“Every time I walked into their restaurants, I received amazing customer service. It seemed like a good place to work, and I wanted to be part of that.” -Yasir Moore
Joining the Team
What made Moore look for a job at his local Chick-fil-A? “Every time I walked into their restaurants, I received amazing customer service. It seemed like a good place to work, and I wanted to be part of that.”
David Langston, the owner of the Chick-fil-A Triangle Town Center, had the opportunity to interview Moore during his third and final round of the process. “I had a really positive first impression. He shook my hand right off the bat and looked me in the eye.”
Langston, who has worked at Chick-fil-A since he was 14 years old, knows what it takes to be a successful employee within the organization. “We look for people who have a desire to grow, an engaging personality and a naturally enthusiastic spirit.” Moore not only showcased these traits, but also dressed for the job he wanted. “Dressing in a professional matter shows that you really care about the position and are truly interested,” Langston added.
On Moore’s third visit, Langston originally told him he would have to wait another week to find out if he was offered the position. “I was really bummed,” remembers Moore. “I didn’t want to have to wait.”
“When I handed him the Chick-fil-A tie, his smile was a mile wide.” - David Langston
But then, a smile spread across Langston’s face as he revealed—in front of local and national media—that Moore wouldn’t have to wait. He got the job. “When I handed him the Chick-fil-A tie, his smile was a mile wide,” shared Langston.
The Team Next Door
Moore is grateful for the employees at Target who helped him prepare. “You don’t normally experience customer service where people go out of their way to help you with a problem.”
So now that the experience is over, is Moore a pro at tying ties? “I think I have the idea right. It’s kind of like tying your shoes.”
He credits his new friends at Target for giving him the confidence he needed for the interview. “They are like family to me now—they helped me so much with the job. When I get my first paycheck, I want to find a gift to thank them.”