Walmart Job Application Guide
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$446 billion (2012)
Walmart is one of the world's largest retailers, with more than 8,000 stores in 15 countries. As you would guess, it takes a lot of people to keep that many stores running (they currently have over 2 million employees), so Walmart is always hiring. No matter where you happen to live, chances are good that there is a store hiring near you.
Of course, we think that you should use StartWire to manage job applications (it will save you a lot of time), but we feel it’s part of our job to let you know that you have a couple other options as well. Search for a Walmart job and Apply now
All Walmart stores are equipped with computer kiosks that you can use to fill out your employment application. Using these kiosks is a great option if you don’t have a reliable internet connection, or you need to share your connection with others (the application process can take quite a long time). Plus, by going into the store, you might have the chance to introduce yourself to a decision-maker, and that opportunity can help you make a positive personal connection.
Head on over to Walmart’s careers page to browse the current job openings and apply online.
Have Your Resume Ready
If you’re applying for a management position or a position with the corporate arm of the company, you will want to make sure that you have a resume prepared when you start going through the online application process.
The application itself is pretty straightforward. If you’ve ever applied to a job before, then you should have a good idea of what to expect. The majority of the questions are all about you: your name, address, phone number, etc. If you’re like most people, you’ll spend most of your time filling out your employment history. To make things easier on yourself, you put together a list of your employment history before you start the process.
In addition to the standard job application questions (employment history, personal information, etc), Walmart also requires applicants to take an assessment designed to help them better understand your values and who you are as a person. Many of the questions are focused on the decisions you would make on the job (do you go to your supervisor or make your own rules? Do you work hard, or will you slack off when someone isn’t breathing down your neck?).
Though the assessment can be long, it’s important to remain focused throughout the process. When it comes to getting an interview, it’s very important — if you don’t score well, you’ll be instantly disqualified from the interview process.
The assessment portion of the application process is primarily comprised of behavioral questions. Most of the questions are statements, for example, ‘I would tell my boss if I saw someone stealing.’ Then answers range from ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree.’
As a bit of a tip, it’s generally better to agree or disagree strongly than it is to be stuck in the middle. Remember, the company is looking for people that they can trust. If you’re only ‘somewhat likely’ to report theft (or another similar incident), then you probably aren’t the person that they’d prefer to hire for the job.
With a company the size of Walmart, there is no possible way for them to provide job application updates to each individual applicant. However, if you apply to a Walmart job through StartWire, we can and will provide you with updates on your application. We’ll tell you when it gets read, and if the employer has decided to hire someone else instead (knowing is better than not knowing, right?). Sign up now
Walmart hires people from all walks of life. Walk into any Walmart store, and you’ll see that their staff includes a mix of teenagers, college students, veterans, retirees, single parents, and other professionals who are dedicated to their work.
Jobs available at Walmart
When most people think about the types of jobs that Walmart offers, they think about positions like cashiers and stock clerks. And while it’s true that Walmart does hire a lot of people to do those jobs, there are many other employment opportunities in their stores as well. Many locations have many specialty departments including bakeries, delis, pet care, photography services, pharmacies, electronics departments, and more. No matter what your interests are, chances are good that there’s a position at Walmart that will be a good fit for you. Search jobs
Types of people Walmart wants to hire
If you read through their employment site, you’ll learn that Walmart wants to hire honest people who work well with others and enjoy assisting customers. Throughout the application and assessment process, you should do your best to stress those qualities if you want to secure an interview.
In most locations, you have to be at least sixteen years old. However, the age requirement will vary with the job. For example, you may only need to be sixteen to work as a cashier, but you may need to be eighteen to work in the warehouse or manage heavy equipment.
Mike Duke is the current CEO of Walmart, and S. Robson Walton (son of founder Sam Walton) is the Chairman.
In 2012, Walmart reported $446 billion in revenue, with an operating income of $26.5 billion and a net income of $15.56 billion.
Before he founded Walmart, Sam Walton was already a successful retailer. He had great success running a JCPenney store, and later opened a Ben Franklin franchise where he realized that he could attract more business by setting slightly lower prices than his competition.
In 1962, Walton took what he had learned and opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. The store became successfully very quickly, and within five years it expanded to 24 locations and earned over $12 million in revenue.
Today, Walmart is the third largest private employer in the world, and their commitment to providing their customers with the lowest prices possible has continued to drive their business. In 2012 they earned nearly $450 billion in revenue, and are arguably the most powerful corporation in the United States.
Walmart is now the largest grocery retailer in the United States, and also owns and operates Sam’s Club, a membership shopping chain.