I applied in-person and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Publix in July 2013.
Interview Details – So I applied on a thursday and about a day and a half later (Saturday afternoon) , I got called to schedule an interview which was tuesday at 3:30. I went in for the interview and the process that Publix uses is kind of like a conversation with you and a manager. She basically asks you what you can do for publix? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How will publix help you? What made you want to apply at publix? Why do you want a job here? and after the interview that was about 15 mins, she said she would call me around 6pm to tell me if I got the job or not. (Tip: If a manager ever says that, ask this question just to know your position is secure. "If I don't receive a call from you, Is it alright if I call you?") and when she said she would call me, I asked "The Tip" question I just mentioned and she said "For sure, I'll call you at 6 or by 6pm. That showed me that my position was secure. So she called me around 5pm that day and said I got the job of a Front Service Clerk and Bagger and that I would need to come in for a drug test and I went in that day and took it. Its a oral-saliva-drug test which is like a small stick with cotton on one side which you soak up with saliva in your mouth for 10 minutes until the marker turns blue. So about a week passed then and they called the next monday (6 days after I took the drug test ) and said that I passed and would need to come in and do some paper work on that Friday at 10:00am and that I had orientation Saturday and Sunday. Then I would start that week. So basically that's the whole process of being hired at Publix. It's not as bad as people think, yeah it takes a while but the employees are really friendly during the hiring process as they add you into their schedule.
Interview Question – What would you say is good customer service? View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Publix.
Interview Details – Spoke with Grocery Manager in person - Shared my background and experience - Met with Store Manager - Scheduled my interview the next day.
Interview Question – None - come completely prepared - Do your research on this company - Watch 'YouTube' Videos on interview questions. Search the web on interview tips. There's no excuses with so much access to information in this day in age. Take ownership of what you want and how well you want to perform. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Publix in June 2013.
Interview Details – Applied at store kiosk, received call from pharmacy manager and asked to come in to speak to the asst. Pharm manager. Called 2 weeks later that I was hired. Waiting to be called when orientation is scheduled in store.
Interview Question – How would you handle a situation where a customer was angry and it was the pharmacy departments fault? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Publix in March 2009.
Interview Details – the hiring process seemed to go very smoothly and when i was hired they were able to train me in the right things in order for me to get to where i wanted within the company. i had a greate time working for this company.
Interview Question – how long it would take to move up? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Publix in June 2013.
Interview Details – So comfortable. Went to a private room for one on one interview. Interview was like a conversation between two friends. Interviewer talked about everything as much as I did & tried to relate to me. Felt like I was at home. This was on a Saturday and he said he would get back to me by Monday. Called me a few hours after interview to say I had the job & did drug test the next day.
Interview Question – Remind me why I should hire you? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Publix in March 2013.
Interview Details –
I had an interview with a Publix pharmacist in mid-March of this year as I was seeking an internship at the store for the summer and perhaps throughout the following school year. I was five minutes early to the interview, and dressed professionally, padfolio in hand. The pharmacist greeted me courteously with a firm handshake and led me into one of the offices in the back to discuss the job benefits of being a pharmacy intern. He had already seen my basic job application through the computer system, and confirmed some of the questions with me, such as the number of hours I was willing to work and my education status. Next he began the formal interview process, the first question being “Tell me about yourself.” I launched into a brief speech about my status in school, my degree, my hobbies, and my interests in the pharmacy field. He asked me what made me like the retail side of pharmacy, and I responded that it had an appeal with its predictable work routine, the flexibility, and the consultation of and interactions with patients on a daily basis. I had mentioned that I had 80 hours of retail experience already at Walgreens for IPPE requirements, and the pharmacist asked me to expound on what I had learned from that. I felt very confident and engaged at this point in the interview, as the atmosphere felt easy enough for me to comfortably relate my best qualities. Thus, I went into detail about my duties in preparing and dispensing medications, communicating with technicians and sometimes drug manufacturers, and assisting patients with finding OTC medications in the aisles. One of the last questions that the pharmacist asked me was “What was my proudest accomplishment?”, and I easily replied that it was my gaining admission into one of the best colleges of pharmacy in the nation, and that I had made a huge step towards my goal of being a pharmacist that I had envisioned since the beginning of high school.
With that, the formal questioning of the interview seemed to be over, and the pharmacist appeared very pleased with my responses. He then led me out to the pharmacy area and showed me around, pointing out the workspace and such. Next he took me over to the computer, pulled up a screen and asked me to type the paragraph as fast as I can to test my word processing skills. I did what I was told quickly and efficiently, which the pharmacist commented on. Then he asked me the generic name for Zoloft, which had escaped me at the moment from the unexpectedness of the question. However, the pharmacist told me that he did not expect me to know everything yet and said how he hoped to still have me on board as an intern. He told me about a second interview that I was to have with the district manager in the coming weeks and that that would put me through to start working with them. I thanked him very much for his time and remarked that I had always enjoyed Publix and would love to work there, especially as it did not seem as fast-paced as Walgreens when I had worked there. We shook on that and I left feeling just as confident that my first pharmacy internship interview had gone well.
Interview Question – The generic name for Zoloft View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Publix.
Interview Details – Getting the interview is the hard part. It requires knowing someone who works at the store that will end up hiring you, or repeatedly pestering the management. It is also nearly impossible to get a job at Publix unless you offer them nearly unlimited hour availability.
Interview Question – There are no difficult or unexpected questions. If they have a job available and you have the relatively easy qualifications for the position, the interview is pretty much a formality. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Publix.
Interview Details –
The application takes place in-store and is done on a computer located near the front of the store. The application does take some time (about 45 minutes) and it remains in the system for about 6 months, but the application has to be renewed every 30 days to stay active. Got a call a few days later from a local store and I was offered an interview.
The interview itself was very laid-back and relaxed and it was, as other posters here have mentioned, like a normal conversation. They just want to get to know you and find out what your interests are.
After the interview, I got a call about 2-4 days later and was offered a job to work at Publix. The process to get actually hired does take about week, and most of it is the time taken for the drug results to come back in. After the drug results come back (the procedure is done by taking a collection sample of your saliva) and state you are drug-free then you will go to orientation and you will soon be working in-store.
Starting out is usually done with a manager supervising you to make sure everything is right. Most important thing about Publix is maintaining their high status of customer service; their slogan, "Where shopping is a pleasure," is kept to the highest standard here and you really need to make customers' shopping experiences a pleasure.
Interview Question – Was really just like having a normal conversation. Don't be too nervous about the interview. As long as you know who you are then you will be perfectly fine. If you don't know yourself then I suggest you follow the path of the main character in "Eat, Pray, Love" and find out who you are... kidding. View Answer
Negotiation Details – TAKE THE OFFER!
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Publix.
Interview Details –
Hiring process consisted of an initial technical phone screen where basic questions are asked (subnetting, public vs private IP addresses). The 2nd interview was also technical with the manager of the group where he goes over the things you say you know (routing, switching, firewalls, load balancing) and what technologies you've worked on. He gave the oppertunity to ask questions about the company or any technical questions you have to ask. 3rd interview was a panel of about 10 people asking various questions ranging from routing, to switching to load balancing, how you would locate a server on the network using show commands, etc. Final interview was a face to face meeting/lunch with the engineers on site. It was more like an open Q&A about the daily operations, etc and a walk-through of the datacenter.
My initial thought of Publix is that it's a conservative company but I had no idea how conservative they are/were until I asked about telecommuting (they don't allow it), you only get 2 weeks vacation until after 7 years you get an additional 4 days. The thing that shocked me the most was that they invited me to lunch and I HAD TO PAY FOR IT. A company with over $1 billion in cold cash asked a senior Engineer to lunch and made him pay for it. Draw whatever conclusions you want about this place.
Interview Question – Describe how you would configure SSL offloading on a Cisco ACE load balancer. What's the difference between type 1 and type 2 LSA? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – In this day and age, a company that doesn't allow telecommuting at least 1 - 2 days a week clearly doesn't respect a work/life balance. There's no need for me to drive to your data center at 2 in the morning to program a switch/router in Florida. It's stupid.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Publix in May 2011.
Interview Details – I was hired during the Summer. The application process was electronic and was handled by Publix HQ. The interview was relatively informal and with the store's manager. After showing I was a relatively competent individual, he hired me and gave me a tour of the store.
Interview Question – No challenging questions. He explained that I would work long days (10-15 hour shifts). Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The hourly wage is predetermined based on store location and education.
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