There are an incredible number of opportunities for anyone who wants to work at Walmart, which currently employs around 2.4 million people. Once there, Walmart promotes more than 400 people every single day, with 40% of those promotions going to employees who are in their first year with the company (according to their official website).
Below, learn all you need to know to put yourself in the best position to get that job with Walmart. It can be more than just a job; it can be the start to a great career.
GETTING THE JOB
Types of Jobs
Cashier & Front End employees are the face of the company, and the people with whom customers will interact. Being able to stand for many hours is essential, as is the ability to work quickly.
Cart Attendant & Janitorial workers ensure that customers have a good first impression and a clean shopping environment. They keep things tidy and ready for everyone else.
Stocker, Backroom & Receiving employees are responsible for unloading trucks, sorting products, and keeping shelves stocked, thereby guaranteeing that merchandise is ready and available.
Sales Associates greet customers, answer questions, assist their fellow team members, and provide helpful information whenever the need may arise.
Fresh Food Associates pack ready-to-sell products in their proper containers, prepare and serve edible items for immediate consumption, and help to fulfill any orders that a customer may have.
Department Managers work with sales associates to keep everything running smoothly. They plan and prepare events, take and communicate directions from all levels, and coordinate tasks for the team.
There are also Specialized Roles such as automotive associates, vision center professionals, and asset-protectors (who help customers feel safe and secure).
Depending on where you live, what hours you work, and your previous experience, associates can expect to start by making between $9.00 and $10.50 an hour. That pay rate will increase as a person spends more time with the company, and compensation will also go up for roles which require more focus, specialized skills, or responsibility.
You have to be at least 16 years old to work at Walmart and 18 years old to work at Sam’s Club, which Walmart also owns.
Hours of Operation
You should check with each store, as some are open 24 hours while others have fewer hours.
Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, when he opened his first store in Rogers, Arkansas. The official website offers a timeline of the company’s first 50 years. The current CEO is Doug McMillon, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors is Greg Penner. For the fiscal year ending in January, 2017, the company’s total revenue was $485.9 billion.
Walmart is investing $2.7 billion over two years in higher wages, education, and training.
Application Process – What to Expect
Résumés aren’t required for hourly jobs at Walmart, but they are for other positions. In either case, you’ll want to start by filling out the online application, which can take between forty-five and sixty minutes. You’ll want to have your work history on-hand for this process, and you’ll receive a confirmation message when your submissions is received. After that – if you’re selected – it’s on to the interview.
Tips For the Interview
You’ve nabbed the on-site interview, but you want to make sure you have leg up on the competition. Do your research on the company. There is plenty of information out there. As for the interview itself, here are some things to think about:
- Know why you are there. Interviewers often ask, “Why Walmart?” Don’t list facts. Instead, say why Walmart resonates with you personally. They want to know what you can bring to the team. Figure out what connection you feel with the company.
- Know that your recruiter wants you to look good because it makes them look good, so don’t be shy about using them as a resource. You can ask them what the job is like day-to-day, the team dynamic, what the career path could be, etc., and feel free to ask if they’ll be the ones conducting the interview.
- Know the job for which you’re applying inside and out. Try researching similar roles at other companies. Check your Linkedin to see if any of your connections have worked (or are working) in roles like the one for which you’re interviewing. Look up recent press releases about Walmart so that you are aware of the latest news about the company.
- Introduce yourself to everyone in the room, and make a connection with each person. Bring copies of your résumé and something to take notes with… and take notes. Keep your answers short and only highlight what will be of interest to everyone in the room. Take a deep breath, and look as comfortable as possible.
- Arrive on time and try to be calm. It’s easy to panic, but you want to look in control and prepared, which – if you followed the above advice – you WILL be! You’ll want to be sure that you make a great first impression, so dress the part.
Tips From An Expert:
“Write down as many questions as you can about the company before the interview. Be sure to ask about the culture there; that’s the number-one thing they like hearing from an applicant. Also, ask about the longevity of other employees. You should also ask what happened to the last person (were they promoted?) to fill the role, because interviewers like to see that you’re interested in why the job is available.”
Michelle M.; Former Human Resources professional in the Washington D.C. market
WHY YOU WANT THE JOB
- There are multiple health plans available for Walmart Associates, as well as vision and dental for you and your dependents.
- Discounts in the store and online.
- 401K, stock purchase plans and more.
- Education assistance for associates and dependents.
There is plenty of room for growth at Walmart, who state that 70% of their managers began as hourly employees. In fact, 200,000 associates were promoted in 2016. To make that happen, Walmart invests in its employees. They will be opening 200 Walmart Academies, and by the end of 2017 they expect 225,000 graduates. Associates can receive extra training there that better equips them to help customers.
Walmart gives back, allowing people to apply for local, state, or national grants. They have helped with many humanitarian endeavors, too, including providing hurricane relief, aid to those affected by the Tennessee wildfires, and tornado relief and recovery efforts.
Walmart Application Online (https://careers.walmart.com/stores-clubs/walmart-store-jobs There are several jobs and they have apply links below each one on this page)