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Costco Wholesale Front End Assistant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 23, 2014
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Front End Assistant
Morganville, NJ

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2013.

Interview Details – Process consisted of 3 interviews. one with a supervisor, then department manager, then store team leader

Interview Question – I was asked if i had any management or school experience   Answer Question

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Interview Details – Very basic questions including your typical strength/weakness question.

Interview Question – Most difficult question was probably the one on how you multitask and its challenges.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation process. However, everyone starts at 11.50 USD/hour which is probably best in the industry.

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Front End Assistant
Chula Vista, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and went in person to see the hiring manager. I kept checking back with the hiring manager every 2-3 weeks. Be persistent. Keep bugging them and show them you are interested. I gave one of the hiring manager's my resume, and about a few days later I received a call for an interview the following saturday. The interview was conducted in a little room right next to the break room. One of the assistant manager's was in there along with a supervisor and they asked very basic questions like "have you had a job before?" "What is customer service to you?" and a couple scenario questions like "Suppose you had to run back to get an item and a few members stopped you to asked for an item's location. How would you handle that?" After that interview was finished, I received a call about a week later or so for another interview, this time with the warehouse manager. When I met with him, this was in his office. He was really cool and he welcomed me into his office and asked me calmly why I wanted to work there. "Why Costco? What drew you to here as opposed to some other place." I told him that I am very ethics focused--in school I studied philosophy and my area of interest was ethics--and I told him that I liked the fact that Costco was focused on ethics and treating its members and workers properly. After that he asked me some other basic questions like if I had another job, what other experience I have, where I went to school, etc. He was very easy to talk to. He offered me the job right at the end of the interview.

Interview Question – One question that threw me off guard was: Tell me about a time you had a problem with someone and what you did to fix it.   Answer Question

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Front End Assistant

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2013.

Interview Details – Online then a follow up interview by two managers. Most questions were standard such as why i wanted to join costco and prior work experience .

Interview Question – Name a time when you had conflict with a coworker and how you resolved it   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Costco Wholesale

Interview Details – I had an in person interview that was mainly behavioral. They asked normal questions starting with "Tell me about a time when"

Interview Question – They asked me about a time when I was asked to do something unethical at work.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate

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Front End Assistant
Burbank, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2012.

Interview Details – You cannot get an interview JUST by putting in an online application. You MUST make personal contact with a manager either in person or by phone.

I had 3 interviews, 2 standing at the end of a checkout line and one in the manager's office. They asked very generic HR questions, and the interviews lasted less than 5 minutes.

Interview Question – The last manager asked me to tell him something none of the other interviewees had told him....something about myself that would make me a good Costco employee. Well, I'm not sure how he thought I'd know what the other people had told him! Ridiculous thing to say.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – nothing.

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Front End Assistant
Livonia, MI

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

Interview Details – A very easy process. it was a 3 interview process. they ask situational questions and write down what you say. They interviewers were very comforting and easy going. Some of the questions were repetitive but i think they want you to answer all of them in the same manner. Overall compared to other interviews i have been on this was much better.

Interview Question – Multiple interviews with the same managers was very annoying.   Answer Question

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Front End Assistant
San Diego, CA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2010.

Interview Details – It is a relatively easy process. If you become the squeeky wheel, they may give you a shot. However, hiring is highly competitive, and usually on takes place seasonally. When you start, you start at 11.00 an hour and have to work 1000 hour before the first $.25 raise, followed by 600 hour interval raises after that, after around 3 years, you may earn an extra $1/year up to $25 or so. However, due to company restructuring, the union is losing ground as far as employee longevity.

Interview Question – Why should we hire you.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – You don't get to negotiate, you start at 11.00 an hour.

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Anonymous Employee
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in September 2010.

Interview Details – The questions were very general and easy to answer. My background covered most, and I found it to be rather relaxed and enjoyable. I was interviewed individually by a couple of people, then met with the manager for about a minute. I had applied for the front end assistant position, but ultimately landed in another.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work at Costco?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Front End Assistant
Austin, TX

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2010.

Interview Details – While the two people interviewing me were very nice and professional the polices Costco has in place about prev. experience not having any factor in job placement. I do not understand how they expect to get top notch people when they start everyone at $11.00 dollars an hours. As a younger person that would be fine but I have ten plus years as a manager I just can not afford to feed my family at that pay.

Reason for Declining – Money

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