Today, Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States, but it started with one single store – Arthur Hinds & Company – and a Harvard graduate, Gilbert Noble. In 1886, Noble became a clerk at Arthur Hinds & Company and then a partner in 1894; the name was changed to Hinds & Noble. In 1917, Noble bought out Hinds and partnered with William Barnes, which is how Barnes & Noble came to be. Barnes & Noble today is both a retailer and a publisher, and has over 1300 locations, many of which are in college bookstores.
Most of Barnes & Noble’s positions are customer service and supervisory. Depending on the position being sought, your interview may not differ much from other generic interviews you've experienced before. For top-tiered positions, you can expect a multitude of interviews, from phone to Skype and eventually face-to-face; for smaller cook and cashier positions, you can expect face-to-face interviews and an offer.