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Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Waited 15 mins to be interviewed. Asked the typical questions and if was a pretty easy interview. There were 2 people interviewing me, one writing down and the other asking questions. They seemed to like me because they asked me to come in for a 2nd interview. The 2nd interview didn't go as good and it seemed like the person interviewing me didn't want to be there. 2nd interview was short and I knew I didn't get the job by the way he was acting. An hour later I got an email saying I didn't get the job. I feel I would of gotten in if someone else interviewed me the 2nd time but its okay I'll keep trying!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Starting Costco Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    So far I've gotten my phone screening to see if I pass initial criteria for the job. It was pretty straightforward. Since I was going on vacation the first time they called they told me to call them back when I got home. I did and we set up for the formal interview.

    No Offer
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    Applied for Any Open Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Went in early and forgot the interview managers name. Sat about 30 minutes in the break room before the interview manager came and apologized as there were a lot of people up front that needed help. After interviewing me, I got the rundown of how the base pay is $11.50 and it is not negotiable. He said the job is seasonal and will guarantee that I will work for 20-25 hours a week. After the season, they will reevaluate you and see if your performance matches their charts and see if your seasonal job gets changed to a full part time job offer. Overall I had a great interview. Interviewer was relaxed, and it wasn't the two person tag team interview like the one stated on here, it was just one person, and it was the food court manager. He had an opening in his department and also the meat department. He told me that my next interview will be the assistant GM, but the assistant GM is not available today so he will give me a call later on to schedule me for interview number 2.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficulty. All questions were stated on here already. Some question that I got include:

      - Why do you want to work at Costco?

      -Tell me a time when you made a mistake and what steps did you do to fix this mistake.
       
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    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Quinta, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Quinta, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had my first interview the other day. Everyone was really nice.
    They asked the basic questions; What do you know about Costco? (i watched the Costco documentary for this question lol); What was a time when you delivered excellent customer service?; Tell us about a time you had to deal with a difficult customer.; Tell us about a time when you accepted responsibility?
    Of course i was nervous so i rambled :(
    Just walk in with a smile, be confident and I'm sure you'll get a second interview.

    Haven't gotten a callback yet, but I'm anxiously waiting.

    Interview Questions
    • Probably any question that had to deal with difficult customers because there are so many stories. Just get your stories straight before walking in. Know which are the good ones and which will show your strengths and not your weaknesses.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manahawkin, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manahawkin, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was really fast. Interviewers were very nice and kind. They really liked what I had to say to them to make the process smoother. I hope I get this job!!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Seasonal Cashier Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    After completing application online, I received a call 3 days later for an interview. I interviewed with the assistant manager first. She liked me, so I was called back for a 2nd interview. The 2nd interview was primarily to discuss my holiday availability. He noted that I was related to a current employee and would have to contact his manager to see if I could be hired. I knew then it was a no go. Shortly afterwards, I received a "thank you for your interest, but unfortunately..." e-mail.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Seasonal Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    First, I have been a loyal Costco member for over 3 years. I recently applied for a seasonal position at my local Costco. I was called in for an interview and, to be honest, I was taken back by the level of questions in the interview: what is your most memorable work experience, explain a time when you had to work with a disgruntled employee and how you dealt with it, how do you motivate a non-productive employee. I was totally unprepared.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time when you had to work with a disgruntled employee and how you dealt with it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Any Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was okay overall, I just got interviewed yesterday and there were two people interviewing me. It seemed like a fast interview but they asked the usual typical question. They took turns asking questions. Just make sure you look them in the eyes and don't say "uh" too much like me..

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Van Nuys, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Van Nuys, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for a Seasonal Stocker with no experience. I recently graduated high school. I got a call the next day saying I have an interview in a few days. At the day of interview I waited about 30 minutes until a manager called me into a room. I was interviewed by two females. At the beginning of the interview they found out that I can't work late nights because Monday through Thursday I have class so they couldn't hire me. I wish I would've been told earlier.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work here? (We did not get a chance to get to the more difficult questions.)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Front End Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maplewood, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maplewood, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I've searched Costco wholesale and interview processes and had read that the first interview was a phone interview. Costco had called me about 2-3 weeks after I submitted an application online. They were hiring for seasonal employees at the time. The call wasn't an interview before. The lady explained to me they were hiring seasonals and they reviewed my application and asked me if I would like to come in for an in-person interview. I said yes, scheduled it and awaited my interview date.
    I went in for my interview. I told the person in the front door and they directed me to the food area and told me that the interviewer would be with me in just a little bit. She told me to go sit at the first table by the ice machine..... There was no ice machine. There was a pop machine. I sat right next to the food area for about 5-10 minutes, then decided to switch to the other end which was by the tires. A man walked by about 3 minutes later asking if I was here for an interview. I said yes and he said that he'll be with me in a few minutes. (He was probably a lead or a supervisor.)
    He came back with the lady that I had spoken to on the phone (I'm not sure if she was a lead, supervisor or just an HR employee). They sat down and explained what they're expecting from me as far as answers go (they want experience related answers, not what-would-you-do answers). The man told me that if he stops me, it means that he's got his answer and that they'll move to the next question. His demeanor was very "let's get this done and over with." The woman didn't seem too interested. She was writing down my answers and sometimes looked at me blankly. They told me they have a bunch of interviews lined up and so maybe that's why they seemed to be so nonchalant.

    My total time there was probably about 30 minutes, and the interview was probably only 5-10 minutes tops. They called me back to schedule a second interview. I scheduled a time with them.
    After giving it 2-3 days thought, I became disinterested in the position due to the interviewers' demeanor. I called them back the day of the interview and said that I was no longer able to take the job. The same lady nonchalantly said "okay", said her bye and then hung up.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't really remember the questions, but I was asked a lot of"
      Please tell me a time when you....
      The only question I probably remember is "Please tell me a time when you made a mistake and you had to accept the consequences" or something like that.
       
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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