Publix Interview Questions

Updated Jul 26, 2015
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    Front Service Clerk (Bagger) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gainesville, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Publix (Gainesville, FL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied at my chosen Publix in the store and got called in for an interview a week later. The interview was slightly casual and overall a good experience. They asked fairly simple questions and at the end I was offered a job making $8.50/hr and had to take a drug test.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Why do you want to work for Publix? Q: What kind of plans do you have for the future? Q: What do you think the responsibilities of a Front Service Clerk include? Q: What kind of chores do you do at home, if any? Q: Why Publix?   Answer Question
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    Front Service Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cape Coral, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Publix (Cape Coral, FL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I was called approximately two weeks after submitting my application via the kiosk in the front of a different store. I scheduled an interview with them the following week, which only took 15 minutes not including the time to drive there. The first interview was a rather open ended affair: I was asked descriptive questions about myself rather than situational questions like on the kiosk. After two days I was called again to come in for the follow up interview later that day. This second interview was essentially just the saliva test and filling out paperwork, while also allowing them to make copies of my drivers license and social security card for their records. I was offered the position and was told I would be called within the next week to inform me of my test results and to schedule my training on the nearest Saturday available. I believe I'll be called today according to the Team Leader's approximation, although I called yesterday for a progress report in order to show I was dedicated to the position

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    Bakery Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Franklin, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Publix (Franklin, TN) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied at the kiosk at the front of the store. I was surprised to get a call to come in for an interview only two days later! She was the Deli manager, the bakery manager came over and we talked and I decided I would like the Bakery better.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Publix?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation, the store manager said he'd start me out at $10/hr, which was around what I was expecting.

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    Warehouse Selector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Publix.

    Interview

    I applied online through the Publix careers web site. A few days later I received an email inviting me to take an online test (work attitude survey). I completed the test within the time frame they gave (48 hours). Then came the long wait. About 2 weeks went by before I heard back from Publix. They emailed me to let me know I had been selected to interview for the position. The email contained a link to a site which had multiple dates/times to choose from for the interview. I selected the earliest date and time. I thought it might show I was very interested in the position Fast forward to the interview. I arrived 25 minutes early. It took about 10 minutes to park, clear the security gate and get to the building in which the interview was held. So I still arrived 15 minutes early like their carrers site suggests. I waited for about 5 minutes before being taken back for the interview. Side note I wore dress pants with a shirt and tie and dress shoes. I also was clean shaven. I wanted to make a good impression even though it was essentially an entry level job. The interview was really laid back. And by laid back, I mean laid back! It was as if I just stopped by to talk with a friend. I expected a traditional formal type interview so I was thrown off guard with how relaxed it was. The interview consisted of a brief resume review (bring a copy of your resume, I did and it was very much appreciated). I was asked a little about my employment history and my current job title. Then I was told the interview consisted of 8 simple questions. Starting with the most obvious question 'why publix?'. I was asked each question and gave the best answer I could. These questions seemed to fly by and before I knew it I was asked if I had any questions. I'm glad I prepared some to ask. Asking my questions and receiving answers lasted longer than the previous part of the interview. I asked questions that I actually wanted to have answered and not one just to look good. I asked about what my top priority would be if I got the job, the attitude amongst the warehouse staff, any uniform requirements and if he could explain how the standard index pay system worked. This last question actually helped out with knowing what the pay scale was without directly asking how much will I earn. From what I was told it seemed as if the main concern for management was to have dependable employees who would turn up everyday and didn't mind fast paced repetitive work. My almost perfect attendance at my current job of 10 years helped reassure my point and I made sure to let him know that I was interested in the position and that repetitive physical work is what I am used to. After I finished my questions I was aked if I wanted to see the warehouse. I said yes. While in there he explained what inventory they have, what the selectors do and how they do it. We returned back to the interview room where I was given a a timeline of when I would hear back from the employment office on whether I got the job or not. 2-3 weeks was the timeline. Then the interview was over. I left feeling not too confident. Only for the fact that it was really laid back. 3 long weeks went by before I got a call from the employment office inviting me to come by to complete a physical agility test. I went and it was a basic strength and dexterity test. Testing pushing, pulling and squeezing on their special equipment. I was then told I passed and then given the official job offer. Took a drug test and the results will determine if I get the job or not. I don't do drugs so the job is mine. I wrote a long review because I couldn't find any in depth reviews while searching online so I hope this is helpful or it adds some insight into the interview process

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    Bagger Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Publix.

    Interview

    Applied at the machine and then introduced myself to the hiring manager and let them know that I applied. Got a call back within a week and got asked to come in for an interview. Interview was very relaxed, manager was very personable. Thought I came off as an outgoing friendly person. He thanked me for my time and told me I would hear back from them in a week or so.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me what you know about Publix (the company) and why you want to work here.   1 Answer
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    Selector Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dacula, GA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Publix (Dacula, GA).

    Interview

    Waited forever .. Interviewer was late Interviewer kept focusing on how physical the job was (I am female and kind of small). I regularly lift heavy weights, worked manufacturing (heavy lifting) for 9+ years, and am solidly built. I feel like he kept seeing my gender as an issue. Questions were rushed and he seemed disinterested and hurried. Maybe I should have went into the interview in ripped jeans and a muscle shirt.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Publix, can you lift 30 pounds at least, can you do the physical portion of the job   Answer Question
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    Produce Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Publix (Atlanta, GA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Ask me why I want to work for them and dove into my 28yrs experience with questions asking me about certain situations and how I would react. They also wanted to see pictures of my work and I showed them my numbers and showed them my evals from the last 10 yrs

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    Front Service Clerk (Bagger) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Daytona Beach Shores, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Publix (Daytona Beach Shores, FL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied at the machine at the store. I was busy for about a month with interviews with other places, but got a call from a different Publix store than the one that I applied to asking for an interview in a few days(I guess it automatically considers you for stores in the vicinity). I would hardly call it an interview though- it was very easy and I felt as if they had already decided to hire me before I even walked in. I brought my resume, but the manager only asked me a handful of questions and then had me do a drug test. The results came in a few days later and I was called and set up a time for orientation. (by the way- I think having a reference from one of my friends at that store is what distinguished me from other candidates. If you know ANYONE who works at Publix, put their name when you apply at the store)

    Interview Questions

    • What is your availability?   Answer Question
    • Can you handle large equipment and some physically demanding jobs? (like cleaning the floor at closing time with the large scrubber machine)   1 Answer
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    Any Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Publix in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was quick and easy. The manager gave a run down of what he was looking for and what not. I did not receive an offer as I am a college student that needs to transfer between stores. The manager said he would call the local store and do some research for me. I appreciated his willingness to do so. He said he will call back the first of the week. Over all a good experience, with a quick and easy interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in Publix   1 Answer
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    I Applied for Various Positions But Ended Up In Deli Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Publix (Saint Petersburg, FL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I went into one store and met with the manager and asked if there was any positions open and i would like to work for the company. About 3 weeks later i get a phone call saying there is a position open at another store and if wanted to do an interview there and i said yes. So the day before and the day of i did a lot of research (mostly this site) just to see how the interview would go. Then when i got to the store I talked to the customer service asking for the hiring manager. when i started the interview i shook his hand and smiled and at first it seemed like he just wanted to get the interview over with like it was a waste of time but after a while we were laughing and telling jokes he asked me what positions i would like (i said bagging or stocking) and he said i have an opening in the deli but its hard work and he basically tried to talk me out of doing deli but i just held my ground and took the job.

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