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Costco Wholesale Overview

Issaquah, WA
10000+ employees
1976
Company - Public (COST)
General Merchandise & Superstores
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club
Costco Wholesale is the largest wholesale club operator in the US. The company operates more than 590 membership warehouse stores serving some 64 million cardholders in 40 US states and Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK, primarily ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#34), 2016 (#40), 2015 (#29), 2014 (#16), 2013 (#46), 2012 (#23)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#88), 2016 (#46), 2015 (#13), 2014 (#6), 2018 (#83)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#71)

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    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are second to none. I've always been able to pick up hours to work 40 hours a week evem though beung part-time only guarantees at least 24. Since its fast paced the days go by fast.

    Cons

    It can be physically and mentally exhausting as they expect a lot out of you, especially in a production based department. The members can seem a bit entitled and be quite rude as compared to customers at other retail stores.

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Costco Wholesale Photos

Costco Wholesale photo of: Costco Sign located at "The District", Tustin California (Photo thanks to Flickr user greenwenvy08, available under by v2.0)
Costco Wholesale photo of: The sink
Costco Wholesale photo of: The oven
Costco Wholesale photo of: Dishes
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Costco Wholesale Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview

    After applying online, and pass the personality test, you are interviewed by two employees, they ask a series of questions from the list below ( 3-4 from each category) and if done well are called back for a 2nd interview. If you pass the background and drug test then good to go.

    Interview Questions

    • Communication
      o Tell me about a time your manager gave you feedback or coaching
      o How do you communicate with supervisors and managers?
      o Tell me about a time you were successful due to your ability to communicate.
      o How do you handle misunderstandings with co-workers?
      o When you fell you have an important point to make, how do you communicate it?
      o What do you define as ethical behavior, and how do you incorporate it into your work?
      o Give me an example of a time when you had to make an ethical decision.
      o When faced with a difficult decision, how do you resolve it? Example?
      o Give me an example of a conflict you’ve experienced, and how you resolved it.

      Member Service
      o Tell me about a situation where you handled a difficult customer, and explain how you resolved it.
      o How do you define great customer service?
      o Describe a time when you exceeded the expectations of your position.
      o Have you ever served multiple customers simultaneously? How did you prioritize your attention?
      o Give me an example of a time where you wished you had handled a situation differently with a customer.
      o How do you maintain a positive attitude in a fast-paced, often hectic environment?

      Self-Motivation
      o Tell me about a time you completed a major project.
      o Tell me about a time you volunteered for a learning opportunity.
      o Describe a time when you worked on a difficult task.
      o Tell me about a time you had to do an unfamiliar task.
      o Describe a situation where you worked without supervision.
      o Tell me how you motivate yourself to complete your tasks.
      o Describe new things that you are learning in your current position.

      Team Player
      o Give me an example of when you worked on a team to accomplish a goal.
      o How do you deal with an unproductive teammate?
      o Tell me about a time when you were part of a team that did not get along.
      o How do you divide tasks when working on a group project?
      o What role do you think communication plays in promoting good teamwork?
      o Describe a time when you had to work outside your normal duties.

      Flexibility
      o Do you have experience working a varying schedule that changed on short notice? How did you respond?
      o Give me an example of when your schedule changed.
      o Describe how you manage your time.
      o How do you manage changing priorities or interruptions to your schedule or job duties?
      o Describe a time when you made a compromise to achieve a goal.
      o Give me an example of when you asked a co-worker for help.
      o Describe a situation of when you did more than one task at work.   3 Answers
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Costco Wholesale Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2009
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