I applied in-person - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2009.
Interview Details – They tend to ask 8 standard questions which are situational. Online only apps taken by individual building.
Interview Question – How did you develop an employee to improve them drastically? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None negotiable.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.
Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was simple and I got hired immediately
Interview Question – none Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.
Interview Details – Before finally getting an interview at Costco I had been applying online on and off for two years with no response even with following up. I applied one day, called two days later to follow up and actually got a person involved in the hiring process (my Costco would never let me speak to anyone, they'd just say someone would call me if there was interest in my application.)
It seems Costco has a very slow hiring process because I didn't hear back for weeks and I thought they'd moved on but I got a phone call to come in for an interview. The position was for Limited Part Time, no other details were given.
I came in for my interview, it was a very relaxed environment and two managers greeted me and brought me into a back room where we sat down to speak. Waiting for the second manager to come back after getting called away, the first manager asked if I had a full time job. I said yes and she replied with "Well Costco doesn't like to be second to anyone." I thought that was incredibly elitist of the manager to say because the position was for Limited Part Time, the most bottom tier position in the warehouse - it's not permanent and you are guaranteed nothing.
The interview questions were all situational and focused on what you've come across in your working career and how you've treated customers in certain scenarios - everything was past tense.
During the interview, they again expressed concern about my full time job. The hours they were looking for were evening and weekend which I could work because my full time job wouldn't interfere which I told them again. They also asked if I was planning on taking any vacation in the summer. I was not.
They asked if I had any questions and I inquired about the dress code (no T-shirts). We even made small talk which made me think they really liked me. It felt like a good interview.
Before leaving they assured me they would let me know about the position either way: If I was hired I'd get a phone call and would be drug tested on-site and would go through orientation, if I was not chosen I would get a rejection email. About three days after my interview I received the rejection email.
Costco, to me, was a dream employer to work for, however after this interview I think they need a reality check. They were hiring for Limited Part Time which is the lowest employee at the warehouse yet they expected the commitment of a full-time worker? I understand that you need some people for your busy season but for a position that is not permanent, has no benefits and limited hours you need to humble yourself and realize people can't survive in life on Limited Part Time and will have to have other ways of supporting themselves.
Interview Question – An odd question I wasn't expecting was: "How do you communicate with people?" Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in May 2013.
Interview Details – 1. Started on a Monday and called the closest Costco's in my area to see if they're hiring, and only 1 was.
2. Submitted my application (took 10 minutes) and called right after to let them know I applied and the lady wrote my name down to give to her boss.
3. Her boss (manager) called back that night and left a message to schedule an interview.
4. Scheduled an interview the next two days. (Scheduled an interview on Wednesday)
5. Interview by two people (Front End Manager, I think and his Asst. Manager? she didn't really introduce herself). One ask questions and they other wrote down stuff? I got interviewed in the backroom where the Pharmacy was?
6. About 8 - 10 questions, the one you see on here.
7. After interview he stated he'll call me and let me know the status by the following week.
8. Actually got a called that Friday from him to let me know to come in for a 2nd interview the following week.
9. Got the 2nd interview w/General Manager. He ask me 2-3 questions. Why Costco? 3 Greatest Strengths? 3 Weakest Strengths?
10. Then I guess he liked me and took me to the other room to get a Swap Mouth test w/one of the payroll asst. Passed and from there they told me once Background results come back then I can start orientation.
Easy questions. Most of the questions are stated from previous comments on here. Just be YOURSELF. BE HONEST. Practice at home. Don't too much and talk a lot? W/the final interview with the General Manager, I guess you can feel if he likes you or not? Just relax and smile :) Good luck everyone.
Interview Question – Why Costco? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation yet, due to waiting for a background results.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.
Interview Details – They will ask standard interview questions. Just be honest and know what Costco does. It is not Sam's Club.
Interview Question – Have you ever handled multiple customers at the same time. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Every one starts at $11.50/hr
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.
Interview Details – It takes quite a long period of time to be contacted for a position. Part-time or seasonal automatic.
Interview Question – Psychological assessment required before the interview Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2011.
Interview Details – You must apply for employment online first. If chosen for interview you will be contacted as soon as possible. You will clearly be instructed on when to appear for interview as well as what to bring along with you. It is helpful tobring specific contacts and samples or examples of your work. You will be interviewing with more than one person. The interviewers will want to know about specific ways that you have dealt with real life employment situations, difficult customers, rude or maligning customers. If you are hired they will verify employment history. They will contact your references. If you are offered a position, you will be asked to submit for a drug screening.
Interview Question – Tell me of a situation that you experienced in your working life, a challege that you were confronted with and how you reacted or were able to persevere? What was the outcome? View Answer
Negotiation Details – In my case I was told up front of what my hours and schedule would be and who I would be working with. The pay rate is alread set. There was not a lot of room to negotiate. The truth is that they are very honest and forethcoming on what the job and of what the expectations are.
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in July 2012.
Interview Details – Small room with two managers. Lots of abstract questions about conflict. Not many questions about the job itself.
Interview Question – Nothing difficult, just open ended. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in March 2013.
Interview Details – Very lengthy, almost to the point of ridiculousness. Costco is very behind in the IT space and so are their hiring processess.
Interview Question – Typical Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in March 2013.
Interview Details – I could not find any current job openings listed online nor posted in store for Costco, therefor I had to apply blindly using their online application system not knowing what their hiring needs were. The first time I applied online was in September. I wasn't desperate for a job at the time so I didn't follow up with a live person.
Then, the following January I applied again and followed up in person. I spoke to the assistant store manager whom told me there weren't any hiring needs at the time, but being a former hiring manager myself I decided to actually speak to someone in the pharmacy. It turned out that someone had just given notice that they were going to leave in a couple of months and the Pharmacist took my information down. When I didn't hear anything after a couple of weeks I decided to check-in in-person and the manager said he had just gotten permission to post an opening (internally). I was told there was a 10 day waiting period before they are allowed to start following up on applications.
I received a phone call the following week and scheduled my interview for the next day. The interview was with the Pharmacist himself and it consisted of basic (why are you interested in working for Costco) and situational questions (tell me about a time when you did.....) I felt a good rapport with the Pharmacist and was told that I would be called to schedule a second interview with one of the store managers.
It took about 2 1/2-3 weeks before I was called to schedule my second interview. I had honestly assumed that they had chosen a different candidate and started applying elsewhere in the meantime. My second interview was with the assistant store manager and it was pretty similar in style to the first interview. I was told I would hear something the following week.
The very next Monday I received a phone call from and HR person offering me the job over the phone. Despite my request, no details were provided in regards to starting pay and benefits. I felt this aspect was very unprofessional; I got the impression that I should have been grateful to even be offered the position and not concerned with any of these "details."
Long story short, when I finally determined the details of the job in regards to pay and benefits I decided to decline the offer. Costco does have great pay & benefits if you are just starting in your career, but offers nothing comparable to the pay & benefits of someone with 10+ years of experience in the field and they do NOT negotiate!
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had difficulty working with a peer. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Their system is designed to promote from within rather than attract professionals with outside experience. Everyone in a non-management role starts within a dollar or two per hour (cashiers are paid the same wage as a Certified Pharmacy Technician!). This is well below the industry standard in my area (Midwest). While raises are guaranteed and based on the number of hours you've accumulated in your role, it would have taken me over 5 years to make up the difference in pay from my previous employer!
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