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Updated 15 Nov 2014
Updated 15 Nov 2014
325 Interview Reviews

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    Front End Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Commack, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Commack, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    There was an initial phone call to set up the interview, which occurred later that same day. I was interviewed by a front end manager and a produce manager. They were very professional, seemingly reading from a Human Resources script, but that is how Corporate interviews are conducted. I was very impressed with the front end manager; she seemed to really know what to do, how to do things, how to speak to people without sounding phony. The produce manager impressed as a "newbie" to the process so I perceived he may have been in training on how to conduct interviews. Overall, the interview process, which was considered the first and second interview combined, was easy although it did take place at an extremely disgustingly messy table in the food court.

    Interview Questions
    • I honestly don't recall any question being difficult or unexpected. I suppose there could be such issues with someone who does not have much interview experience of this type, meaning very corporate in nature.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was really nothing to negotiate at the interview, unless one considers availability as a negotiable point. Even that was relatively benign.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview lasted less then 10 minutes, mostly situation questions and they ask a lot about how you work with other people. No surprising question or any thing. The manager who interviewed me said i would get a call back, never heard anything back from them

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time when you had to take the blame for something.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Front End Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    After handing in an application and resume in person, i was contacted via phone to come in for an interview. I was interviewed by 2 managers who asked a number of questions. After that, I was called in for a second interview. I arrived early, smiled, and had a firm hand shake when met by the warehouse director. He liked those 3 things so much that he told me to forget about this interview as well as the next interview and he hired me on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work at Costco?   Answer Question
    • Explain a situation, whether in school or at work, that did not go as planned and how you handled it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Food Court Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    It was really good had 2 mangers one writing one asking the qestions. I was nervus but I got through the 1st interview then they called me for a 2nd interview it was more indeped about the job. Overal good basic qestions. Just be yourself and ull be fine remeber customer service is number one!

    Negotiation Details
    Be yourself
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Night Merchandiser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very smooth interview. Very friendly managers. I would recommend most of my friends to join the Costco team. I dont know what else to say. I just want access to more salaries so I have to write this review. I hope this is over thirty words...

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cashier/Cashier Assistant/Photo Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a call a week later to come in. My first interview was in the food court with three different people. They didn't have everything together so I was sitting at the table for long periods of time. They asked me to come in the next day.
    I was interviewed by the manager and gm. The gm was very cold. It didn't last longer than 5 mins. He asked me if I knew anyone in the company and I said no. The interview was over when I said no. You need to know someone to get into the company.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were more about what have you done whether than what will you do.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Front End Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Met them at my university tunnel. I talked to them and they invited me for an interview. Went for the interview the next day and impressed them with my answers. Got invited again for another interview and was hired

    Interview Questions
    • How will you handle a teammate who is not as productive as you are?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    3 interviews in one day
    They go over basics regarding your problem solving skills using hypothetical situations
    Each interviewer got a little deeper with the questions. It seemed like if #2 didn't like your answers, you would not have been passed on to #3. They drug test the same day.

    Negotiation Details
    They have a standard base starting pay. Even if you left the company and came back, you have to start over at the bottom. Currently $11/hour for front end assistant or other assistant (like deli)
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Any Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lubbock, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lubbock, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Costco Wholesale in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    You basically have to know someone that works at the store your applying. If you don't I suggest conversing with an employee. Thats how I got my interview! Interview would have been difficult if I had not prepared properly. Scroll through these reviews and write down every question asked and have a solid answer for each one. This way you know what to say without hesitation. They want concrete examples from past experiences not what would you do scenario. They want long term employees so answer each question as if Costco is the only job you ever want any other answer eluding temporary or no career plan is not going to get you the second interview. I had two interviews. First with two assistant managers the last one with the store manager.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None everyone starts pay and front end job.
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was brief two different interviewers, nothing really in depth felt more like a conversation with a friend instead of a job interview. The application was more of a survey and it was lengthy. Lots of random questions most of which were the same question asked in 3 different ways.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you deal with conflicts or disagreements in the work place?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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