“Think you know Walmart?” the retailer writes. “This again.” And the company has a point: Walmart is more than the place you can go to buy anything from socks to sirloins—it is, Walmart says, “changing the way the world shops and harvesting exciting career-catapulting opportunities while we are at it.” And it’s embracing e-commerce, with acquisitions of Jet.com, Hayneedle, Moosejaw, and more growing its already remarkable presence online.
Its workforce is strong, too: 1.3 million people work for Walmart. “And at any given time, there are approximately 15,000 – 50,000 job openings at Walmart,” the company reveals.
If you’d like to land one of those many openings, we’re providing you with everything you will need to know in order to wow Walmart with your resume, ace an interview, and negotiate pay.
Applying to a Job at Walmart
Depending on the job for which you’d like to apply at Walmart, your application might vary. But no matter what, your first step in applying for any job at Walmart is to visit its Glassdoor profile, where you will find an up-to-date list of open jobs in every field. Once you find a job for which you would like to apply, you’ll be able to click an “Apply Now” button on the job listing page—and by clicking that, you’ll be taken to the Walmart page with specific application instructions.
For example, for hourly roles, “you do not need a resume or CV in order to apply,” Walmart says on its site, but you will need to detail your work history and experience. But if you apply for a role in one of Walmart’s pharmacies, for example, or a corporate position, you’ll need a resume.
No matter the position, Walmart estimates it will take between 40 and 60 minutes to complete an online application. If you apply for a subsequent job, that application will take less time, though.
If you’re not selected for an interview, you’ll receive notice from Walmart, the company says.
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Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Walmart
To wow Walmart with your resume, be sure to include keywords that appear in the job listing for which you’re applying. So, for example, if the job listing uses the word “implementing” multiple times, be sure to show how you’ve implemented something in the past—using the word “implemented” and, if possible, sharing quantifiable results of the program you implemented.
Then, when it comes to your cover letter, Kim Nguyen, Walmart’s senior manager of corporate recruiting, says that beyond correct formatting, “the body of a cover letter is most important. It should include short paragraphs as to why you are interested in and qualified for the job you are applying to. Paragraphs should be persuasive to convince the person reading the letter that you are a good fit for the position.” And make connections between your experience and the position.
Talking to a Walmart Recruiter
Depending on the position for which you’re applying, you may speak with a recruiter before you touch base with a hiring manager. One Glassdoor reviewer shared that the “recruiter asked basic background questions. [The] second interview with a manager was more critical thinking.”
When speaking to a Walmart recruiter, Jimmy Prencipe, Walmart’s director of talent acquisition, says that “it is important to have readily available examples of how you have demonstrated your strengths. Candidates need to be honest about their potential weaknesses and provide details on where they are improving them specifically.” And he shares a way to stand out: “A candidate who shows professional maturity in being self-aware is highly desired in the team dynamics.”
Lastly, you can impress a recruiter by asking questions about Walmart, too. On its website, the company suggests asking the following questions during an interview with Walmart:
- What have you enjoyed most working here?
- What skill sets are you currently missing on your team that you would like to have?
- I'm very interested in this area of the company—what advice can you give to help me succeed?
Walmart Interview Questions
Of course, like anywhere else, the questions you’ll be asked to answer in a Walmart interview will vary greatly depending on the role for which you’re applying. For example, if you’re vying for a job that’s customer-facing, like a cashier or pharmacy tech, you might be asked questions meant to ascertain how you would deal with difficult customers, long lines, or other stressful situations. For an e-commerce job, you might be asked questions about innovation or tech.
But these are five questions that Glassdoor users report being asked—and that you might have to answer:
- Tell me about time when you had to go above and beyond to achieve a goal.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- When was a time you showed leadership or took control of a situation?
- Describe a situation where you had to take control to help a team or small group to come up with a solution to a problem.
- When you were faced with a problem in a group setting how did you handle it?
Walmart Skills Tests & Assessments
Several Glassdoor reviewers report taking skills tests and assessments as part of the interview process. One Glassdoor user wrote that he was tested on his math skills, while another said he was asked to take a “computer-based test with 26 questions,” most of which related to coding.
Another Glassdoor user described a “videogame” that served as a personality assessment. And some Glassdoor users described taking a physical abilities assessment, as well as drug tests.
Salary Negotiation at Walmart
Depending on the job you’re offered at Walmart, you may have more—or less—wiggle room to negotiate your pay. But if you plan to ask for more money, you need to build a case: You’ll need to explain to the hiring manager why you are worth more, and have the research to back it up.
Start by looking at the salaries reported on Glassdoor by Walmart employees. Are people in the same position, in the same location, and with the same experience level, reporting a salary that is higher than what you’ve been offered? If so, you may be able to present that data to the manager.
You can also use Glassdoor’s Know Your Worth tool to get a customized estimate of what you should be paid, based on your title, company, location, and experience. Best of all: It’s private!
If the hiring manager won’t budge on salary, consider negotiating other work perks, such as additional vacation time or sick days, tuition reimbursement—which Walmart offers—and more.
Learn More About Jobs at Walmart
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