Costco Wholesale Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

Interview

I submitted an application online, and they called me about a week later to schedule an interview. They were opening a new store, so they had scheduled several hundred people to come into a hotel lobby, come when called, and sit down at one of many tables for the interview itself. I dressed business casual and answered their questions honestly and brightly, so the first phase of my interview went very quickly. I sat down with two managers. They explained the interview process, and I answered about ten questions about my previous experiences before one of them said that he did not need to hear more and would be sending me up to the next step. I then met with a higher level manager, talked with him a bit about my expectations for retail and where I wanted to go with the company. He wrote a few notes about where I might fit in the store then sent me to a drug screening (saliva collection, not urine or anything too messy). I was called back a few days later with a job offer. I accepted, and then it was on to orientation and canvasing training.

Interview Questions

  • Have you ever had a conflict with a coworker and how did you handle it?   3 Answers

Negotiation

There was no real negotiation, because it's an entry-level job and they have a set pay scale.

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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale in August 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and recieved a call for an interview within the hour. Had "2" interviews which was really one with two men. Then i had a third with the assistant manager. Took a drug test and was offered the job 5 days later.

    Interview Questions

    • describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer   Answer Question
    • describe a time where you showed leadership   Answer Question
    • describe a time you had to make a difficult or unpopular decision   Answer Question
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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    Applied online and waited a few days. Walked in store to introduce myself to manager and he told me to come back the next day as it was too busy. When I came back it turned out to be an interview. He and the assistant manager sat down with me at the food court and asked about 20-25 questions. Majority of them were situational ("describe a time when..."). That's what made it tough. They were friendly and assisted with questions I didn't fully understand. I got called for a 2nd interview a couple days later and had a drug test that same day. Overall, average-tough interview but it's worth it in the end! Got offered a seasonal job and eventually was offered a permanent position in the bakery! Great company to work for!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you exhibited teamwork and how it benefited the company.   Answer Question
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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fife, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale (Fife, WA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online. The process took one day. I received a phone call asking if I wanted a job interview, so I accepted it. This took place in May, 2015.

    Interview Questions

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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Called in many times in order to get the the initial manager to talk to me in person. Than had a more extensive over the phone interview with the manager. Than ended up having an in person interview with 2 managers in the warehouse. The questions were pretty much all behavioral as the job does not require too much technical background. Just being honest with the managers is the best way to go. As they are looking for people that fit with Costco and with its culture. Process took about 3 weeks.

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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    so i walked in there with no idea where to go and asked the receipt checker where to go for an interview, they said to go to membership, and then the person at membership radioed for the interviewer. we sat down in the food court and thats where the interview was. he asked a few questions. i knew they were really understaffed because he sounded like he was trying to sell me a car instead of offer me a job. then the second interviewer came. asked a few more questions. got drug testested. and then filled in some final things on the computer. i forgot my social security card but he said it was fine and to call him when i got it.

    Interview Questions

    • any customer service experience?   1 Answer
    • were there any incidents related to customer service   1 Answer
    • what did you want to do with your life before working at costco.   1 Answer
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    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by 2 managers a man and a lady and they both asked me questions. One then the other. It was very quick. I think I was only asked 4 questions. Their faces were very serious and they did not make small talk at all. Once I was done they said ok thank you for your time and that I would receive a email

    Interview Questions

    • How did you handle a difficult customer? What did you to diffuse the situation?   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (11)  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, DE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale (Newark, DE) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online took about a week to hear from them. Went in for an interview waited about 15 minutes from when my interview was supposed to start for the interviewer came and got me. One man interviewed me. Asked questions about times I have had to deal with problems in my previous jobs. He wrote down my answers. After that he had me read over a summary of what the job is and requires while he went and did something. He came back and offered me the job for seasonal front end assistant. After I accepted he had me do an oral swab drug test there and waited a few minutes for the results to come back and when they did he told me the next step will be the background check. That could take up to a week. Once it comes back I will get a call and set up a time to come in for orientation.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time that you had a misunderstanding with a coworker and explain how you handled it.   Answer Question
    • Name a time in which you had to deal with an angry customer and how did you handle the situation.   Answer Question
    • Name a time that you accepted responsibility for a mistake you made at work.   Answer Question
    • Have you ever taken a class to help you at your job, explain?   Answer Question
    • What made you apply to Costco? How do you handle sudden schedule changes?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate.

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    My friend who works there told me to apply. They offered seasonal jobs so I said why not, as I could potentially be hired on as regular staff. I submitted my online application at 2pm Friday and received a call for an interview at 5pm Friday. Monday was my interview. I went in, and was told to sit at the food court and wait for a manager. It was crazy busy so I ended up waiting 10 min before the HR manager sat down with me. He asked "tell me about working with a difficult coworker", "how do you deal with a difficult customer", things like that. He then told me an assistant manager was going to interview me in a few minutes. I waited 10 min again before the assistant manager came. He asked me 3 questions: why should we pick you? What is your best quality? What do you need to improve on? Then he said he would get the GM to talk with me. I waited another 10 minutes and the GM came up and said "let's talk in my office". Since I knew a current employee he asked me about her. In his office he asked what my availability was, if I had planned to take a vacation in the next 6-8 weeks, and if orientation was in the next few days would I be able to attend. He then said he wanted to move forward and handed me off to an office lady who administrated my drug test. After the test she told me orientation would be Friday and she would call me either Tues or Wed for the background check results. Well 24 hours later I received a phone call from her asking if I could come in on Friday for orientation. Whole process took 2 days.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected or difficult unless you've never interviewed before.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    take it or leave it

  10. Helpful (3)  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    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

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