7 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired at Walmart
With the unemployment rate at 9% or above the last three or four years, finding a steady job has gotten pretty hard. As you may already know, the retail giant Walmart does really well through good times and bad times. If you've never thought about applying at Walmart, you might want to reconsider.
If you decide to give Walmart a try, here is some advice to increase your chance of getting hired.
1 Apply For More Than One Store
When filling out the application you are given an option of which store or stores you are applying for. So you can apply for any Walmarts, Sam's Clubs, Neighborhood Markets, and Distribution Centers in your area and beyond. You just have to decide for yourself how far you are willing to drive on a day to day basis.
2 Your Availability
When applying you will increase your chances of getting hired if you are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will help you get in the door. I've seen more qualified people get passed over for less qualified people because they put restraints on their available days and hours. Sometimes it's more beneficial to them to be able to schedule an inexperienced stock person with an "open" availability then it is to schedule a 10 year experienced stock person who can only work weekday mornings.
3 As Many Jobs as You Can
Walmart can train you for any job they offer. So apply for all the positions you can. Don't limit yourself. The more jobs you apply for the better your chances. If you do have limitations like not wanting to work around hot grease, don't apply for a deli job. But keep your limitations to a minimum.
4 The Assessment Test
Right after you're done filling out the application you will be redirected to a 65 question multiple choice assessment test. This test, depending on your answers, will place you in a "Tier 1" or "Tier 2". Walmart's Human Resource Department will only consider you for employment if you are in the "Tier 1".
In order to get in the "Tier 1", make sure your answers are positive answers (honesty is good, showing up on time is good). Some of your answer choices will be "strongly agree" or "strongly disagree" with choices in the middle. Never choose any answers in the middle! Always choose "strongly agree" or "strongly disagree". Walmart doesn't want to hire anybody that rides the fence. And when one of your answer options says something like, "speak with a manager", this is what you want to choose.
5 Get Your Application on Top of the Pile
The next thing you want to do is "network". Go in the store, talk to the managers, talk to the cashiers, the cart pushers, stockers. Talk to anybody that might help you get a step above all the other applicants. Anyone that can get your application on top of the "pile". A good word from a good employee can do wonders. And if you talk to a manager, they can pull your application and put it on top. Literally.
Now you want to periodically call the Human Resource manager to find out if they've looked at your application and if they are hiring any positions. You need to be persistent, so it's good to find out from your "network" how often you should call Human Resources. Each HR manager is different so getting a feel for this is good.
7 The Interviews
If Walmart calls you for an interview you want to be prepared. You are one of three people they are interviewing for a position. That's right, Walmart interviews three people for every job opening. But hopefully with this information you'll have the advantage.
You'll be interviewed by three people at the same time. Usually two assistant managers and a department manager. Each manager will take turns asking you a question. And each of these questions are sometimes multi-part questions. Example- "Have you ever worked with a difficult person? What did you do about it? What was the outcome?"
These are the types of questions you may be asked, so be prepared!
If you are called for a second interview this basically means you are hired but they want to put you through the interview process one more time. It may even be the same interviewers and the same questions. But if you made it through the first interview you should make it through the second interview with no problems.