Costco Wholesale Interview Questions

Updated Jul 30, 2015
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    Front End Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santee, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Santee, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and in a week received a call from HR manager who was very rood and short to listen. First of all she just wanted to hang up the phone, she was very irritated when I asked her questions. She even didn't try to pronounce my name correctly. But the good news she invited me for the interview. My interview was scheduled on March 27th, at 3.40 pm (Santee, San Diego) but they started to interview me in 40 minutes. No apologies to me that it took them so long. Then they took me to some small room which was very dirty and papers were all over the floor, then the same person who called me invited me to take a sit. Then she said she is going to ask me only a couple questions and gave me a paper to sign. She asked 3 questions with no interest at all, like she already knew that she is not going to hire me. I came home very disappointed by her attitude to me, that she was very indifferent to my answers. I am a immigrant who has 10 years of experience in my home country where I started from a sales person position and ended up being a supervisor. I want to ask a question of a person who interviewed me: Do you really think I wouldn't handle the front end assistant position with 10 years of experience?! I think she discriminated me because how you could possibly know who I am if you asked only 3 questions and even didn't ask for my resume when you asked me to bring that. Also, in their application they ask if I received food stamp and I answered 'yes'. I know that they try to show that they care about people who receive food stamps and they are interested to help them by providing a job. But it isn't true. They need your applications only for statistics, that's all. Today I received a mail that I wasn't selected and it is first time when I am so happy that I was rejected because I don't want to work with people who don't know what their responsibilities are, who don't know how to communicate properly with their clients, who don't treat people fair. I am pretty sure she discriminated me because I speak English with an accent. I have been in the USA for almost 6 years and I learned English here, I am a hard working person, friendly and all my friends love me, my references will be happy to be my reference and I know I will find a job where I will be appreciated. It isn't my letter to you that I was rejected, no, at all. It is just a letter to the higher management of Costco to choose accurately their employees because I love Costco,and I shopped a lot there. But after such a "treatment" I won't go there anymore. I thought I will send her a thank you letter after the interview but I came home and just threw up a piece of paper with the the name of the manager who interviewed me because she doesn't deserve thank you letter. The only person who was friendly is Sara, who smiled to me for her co-worker too :-) To the manager who interviewed me: you never smiled to me, please smile and life will smile you back!

    Interview Questions

    • What do you do if you don't get along with person you work with?   1 Answer
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    Front End Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kenosha, WI
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Kenosha, WI) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Received phone call to come in for a phone interview. Arrived for the initial interview aprox. 15 minutes early and was seen right away by the Interviewer. It was a rather stiff and formal introduction with a "soft" handshake from the interviewer. I can't stand that! Aprox. 5-6 questions mostly the "tough"behaviorable ones! Interviewer was friendly and the interview lasted less than 10 minutes

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a Co-worker. What was the conflict and how did you resolve it?   1 Answer
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    Membership Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Costco Wholesale (Toledo, OH) in March 2015.

    Interview

    was the strangest interview I ever had. They are opening a new store in my area and what they are doing is having the potential candidates work for 60 days Monday through Friday 8-5 selling memberships to area small businesses. based on how you sell and your attitude will determine if they keep you? So it isn't based on your experience or skills you can offer them it seems its based on how many memberships you sell in those 60 days . You will be paired up with another person to do this in the area that the new store is opening. There were only 2 questions asked and the second interview was schedule.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a experience you had with a difficult customer?   Answer Question
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    Any Available Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Perrysburg, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Perrysburg, OH) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I was called in for an interview 4 days after applying online. The person that interviewed me was very nice. She asked a few tell me a time questions from a preprinted list. She wrote the word yes next to each question she asked me after I answered. She did not ask me to come back for a second interview. I am hoping that I get a call for that interview soon. I really want to work for this company!

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    Any Openings Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lodi, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Lodi, CA).

    Interview

    I applied online and in December I walked in and spoke with a supervisor who told me to come back in a couple months since they just hired. I came back in February in the Lodi California . This time I spoke with Matt a supervisor who said if he takes my resume he will mail me a rejection letter. He said they only take onljne. I explained to him I applied online and was told in December to walk in because it's better. He said that he was hired that way too but said he would still district my resume and reject my application. I followed up with a phone call to a manager who confirmed that he did not know what he talking about. They said they are not hiring but check back in March or April.

  7. Helpful (5)  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed 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 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    They asked many questions that were not your typical boring questions. People were friendly with loaded questions. THIS IS A THREE STEP INTERVIEW PROCESS. For me they did them the same night. Was done in a pretty laid back manor. BUSINESS CASUAL is dress style. Jeans and polo are what I wore.

    Interview Questions

    • Some that I can recall is how have you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker, with a customer, and how will your previous work experience apply here.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate. Was no negotiate phase, pay was good but slightly less than what I currently make at my first job. Not so much about the money for me so it didn't matter for me

  9. Helpful (2)  

    Merchandise Accounting Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Issaquah, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Issaquah, WA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    A forty minute interview, followed by a Microsoft Excel and Ten-key test. It was a fairly basic interview. They often asked for real-life examples. Make sure to prior to the interview, prepare a number of real-life examples. (Ex: When is an example of how you face conflict with a co-worker, how did you deal with it).

    Interview Questions

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    Amy Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    Applied online and chose any position from the list of available openings. Received a call a week later and went in for the interview with two supervisors. They were very nice, asked standard questions, and explained the pay, benefits, and scheduling procedures. Got called a day later to interview with the warehouse manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time you had to share a job and split up duties amongst multiple people. Name a time or how would you deal with an angry customer. What steps do you take to achieve your goals? Do you have any questions for us? (always ask questions bc it shows the employer you're interested in the position. Ask about guaranteed hours, rate of pay, etc.)   1 Answer
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    Licensed Optician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milwaukee, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Costco Wholesale (Milwaukee, WI) in February 2015.

    Interview

    2 employees asked the general interview question, after that I was immediately sent to interview with 2 more, then asked to come back for a final interview and they offered me the job.

    Interview Questions

    • How would I handle a difficult customer.   1 Answer

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