Costco Wholesale
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Costco Wholesale Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014

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Certified Pharmacy Technician Interview

Certified Pharmacy Technician
Independence, MO

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2014.

Interview Details – The store manager called for an interview from an application i submitted online. I interviewed with the store manager and the pharmacy manager. They grilled me on a lot of situation questions, what would i do, what did i do etc

Interview Question – How did you handle making a mistake and what did you do to fix it?   View Answer

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Cashier/Cashier Assistant/Photo Tech Interview

Cashier/Cashier Assistant/Photo Tech

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and got a call a week later to come in. My first interview was in the food court with three different people. They didn't have everything together so I was sitting at the table for long periods of time. They asked me to come in the next day.
I was interviewed by the manager and gm. The gm was very cold. It didn't last longer than 5 mins. He asked me if I knew anyone in the company and I said no. The interview was over when I said no. You need to know someone to get into the company.

Interview Question – The questions were more about what have you done whether than what will you do.   Answer Question

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Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)

Interviewed at Costco Wholesale

Interview Details – Interview lasted less then 10 minutes, mostly situation questions and they ask a lot about how you work with other people. No surprising question or any thing. The manager who interviewed me said i would get a call back, never heard anything back from them

Interview Question – Explain a time when you had to take the blame for something.   Answer Question

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Stocker Interview

Stocker

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in May 2014.

Interview Details – Went in, asked for manager, told me to wait on a red bench. Afterwords, I was told to fill out an availability sheet and read over the job description and sign the paper. After looking at my availability, the manager said that he forgot to ask on the phone when he called before the interview for my availability. I couldn't work the times he was looking for and that was the end. Make sure if they call you they ask for your availability.

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Pharmacy Technician Interview

Pharmacy Technician
Silverdale, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

Interview Details – the guy was 10 minutes late for the interview, he was like a robot he showed no emotion. i am try to make things less stressful by being funny and this guy just didn't even blink

Interview Question – all of them i am not sure what any of the questions had to do with pharmacy work but i guess they have guide lines   View Answer

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Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)
Santa Maria, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online for any position and received a call a few days later. I was referred by a couple of employees. I entered the interview with a cold and fever, which made me feel even more nervous and I was not able to think clearly when answering questions. Two managers constructed the interview. The hiring manager was super nice and was pleasurable to speak with. The questions concerned my work experience, customer service, and how I have acted in certain situations.

Specific situation questions that I remember are: "Describe a time in which you had to suddenly show a sense of urgency at work?" "Describe a time in which you had to solve a problem with an associate through communication?" "How do you deal with angry customers?"

One thing that was strange about the interview was that the second manager in the room would not look at me. I was attempting to keep eye contact with both of them throughout the interview, but the second manager was staring at the floor with his hand rested underneath his chin, and he did not speak until I was leaving. Since I was sick I did not appear healthy and energetic.

It wasn't horrible on my end, I just could have provided better answers that expressed my strong desire to work for the company. After my interview the hiring manager told me to check my email for confirmation. When he said that I knew that I wasn't hired.

Interview Question – Not very difficult. Opening questioning was most unexpected, "What would you be doing if you weren't here right now?"   Answer Question

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Stocker Interview

Stocker
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

Interview Details – Filled out online application and was called a day or two later. I scheduled an interview but was not given the correct location (I assumed it was a different location but failed to verify) - I arrived at the wrong warehouse and as a result, was 10-15 minutes late for my first interview.

I was interviewed by two women, one of whom asked all the interview questions. The other one looked disinterested and only took notes. The questions asked were your typical situational scripted interview questions. Needless to say, I was sent an email informing me that I wasn't offered the job.

Interview Question – None really. I think they were looking for someone with more confidence. I was a little nervous so that may have hurt my chances.   View Answer

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Stocker Interview

Stocker

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

Interview Details – Interview was short and simple. Took all of 10 minutes. I sat in a room while a floor manager and another store manager asked me questions like what I thought customer service was and what qualifications I had that would put me ahead of all the other potential hires. They also asked me about school and what I do as a hobby on weekends.

Interview Question – One of the interviewers asked me what my old boss would say is my biggest weakness.   Answer Question

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Food Service Assistant Interview

Food Service Assistant
Torrance, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in March 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and four days later I was called in for an interview. First interview was with department manager, interview went well basic behavioral questions (what will you do, tell me about a time...etc). I was invited to a second interview with the store manager, it didn't go so well. I was well prepared with the answers to the questions that I thought she was going to ask but all she asked were questions about my degree. I was caught off guard by her questions about my degree. Her facial expressions gave me the NO right there and then.

Interview Question – Questions about my degree.   View Answer

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Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
San Diego, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2013.

Interview Details – Set up interview through staffing agency and was early for my interview. Waited a while until my 2 interviewers showed up a few minutes after my interview appointment time. Interview went great but they didn't decide to hire me

Interview Question – What do you do outside of work?   Answer Question

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