Costco Wholesale Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
288 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

69%
19%
10%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

57%
20%
11%

Interview Difficulty

2.7
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Candidate Interview Reviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Food Service Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baxter, MN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baxter, MN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Applied on Costco.com. 1st interview with 2 managers, 2nd interview with 1 manager. Both were very professional.

    Interview Questions
    • Research the company's history before your interview. This was very helpful for me during my interviews. They have a set list of questions to ask. A lot of, tell me a time when you didn't get along with a co-worker type questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No pay negotiations, but they pay really well for retail. I was asked to choose what department I wanted to work in as they had openings in a few.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Stock Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Long Island City, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Long Island City, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Well the place seemed as if everyone was uneducated, they did seem comfortable so maybe they just didn't care. Anyways, I was called in and began my interview with the as gen manager and a young manager I believe. She asked me a series of questions about 15-20 questions she was really impressed but normally takes 2-3 interviews. She said we were going to proceed to the next portion or the interview and she asked some more questions about my previous job and what i did. She was really trying to get what Ive known about the company that i worked for before but it landed me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • I was a little out of it but all the questions seemed very simple to answer. If you've had experience in retail. I was basically hired because of my resume which the gm really loved. And was hired on the spot did was drug test and waiting for background check to begin.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I haven't actually got my pay rate but i believe its $12.00 and you get a raise every so ofter. Im not quiet sure those i just saw a post say 12.00 and assumed this i believe everyone started at 10-11.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Front End Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Atleast four interview sequences were required.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  4. We want your feedback – Is this interview information helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Cart Pushers Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was called 2 weeks after I applied to come in for an interview, then was called in a week later for 3rd interview, then was offered position, and was given drug test, and had too wait three days for background check to clear

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time when you made a mistake, and how did you deal with it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Issaquah, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Issaquah, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Very long interview process. I applied for the job towards the end of 2007. After initially receive the standard, "thanks but no thanks" email, I received a call in January to see if I was still interested.

    From there, I had multiple recorded phone screens in February and March. I had an on-site interview with the recruiters in March. In April I had a phone interview and two on-site interviews with the hiring Manager and one of my peers.

    The interview was your standard behavioral interview style (STAR-AR type questions), along with technology trend questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about Costco, what is the Costco story.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Salary negotiation was straight forward. Vacation time needed additional work, as the original offer included one week vacation, and I was able to get 2 weeks.
    Accepted Offer
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Eden Prairie, MN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Eden Prairie, MN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Filled out online application and was called a day or two later. I scheduled an interview but was not given the correct location (I assumed it was a different location but failed to verify) - I arrived at the wrong warehouse and as a result, was 10-15 minutes late for my first interview.

    I was interviewed by two women, one of whom asked all the interview questions. The other one looked disinterested and only took notes. The questions asked were your typical situational scripted interview questions. Needless to say, I was sent an email informing me that I wasn't offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • None really. I think they were looking for someone with more confidence. I was a little nervous so that may have hurt my chances.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Seasonal Front End/Bakery Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Cattle call. Managers read questions straight from a piece of paper, did not seem as if they knew what they were doing at all. There were three stages. First 2 managers interviewed me reading the questions off the paper. Really just one did the interviewing. I've no idea why the other was there as she just sat and nodded. 2nd step was a one on one with someone who seemed a bit more knowledgeable. He came across as rather slick though, like a stereotypical used car salesman. It's unfortunate because I had been a Costco member for over a year, but my work experience there really was a bad time. I am sure many locations may not be the same, but while the promote from within policy has benefits, it also breeds ineptitude and closed minded incompetency.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing they asked was difficult. It was very basic and not too inquiring.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Costco Wholesale.

    Interview Details

    Took about a month to get an interview. 1st interview took about 10-15 minutes by two of the supervisors and if they like you they'll get a second interview with a higher manager. Got a call within 2 weeks I got the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Stocker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview was short and simple. Took all of 10 minutes. I sat in a room while a floor manager and another store manager asked me questions like what I thought customer service was and what qualifications I had that would put me ahead of all the other potential hires. They also asked me about school and what I do as a hobby on weekends.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the interviewers asked me what my old boss would say is my biggest weakness.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Major Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Roseville, MI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Roseville, MI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at Costco Wholesale in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went in. Randomly talked to the store director. Told him I was in college for Computer Information Science. They wanted to a tech for their electronic sales dept. They gave filled me an application. I filled it out. They called me and told me to come in the next day for orientation.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

See What Costco Wholesale Employees Are Saying

 Former Marketing Representative in Issaquah, WA (US)

Pros: “Good work/life balance, decent salary, good benefits, flexible.” Full Review

Worked for Costco Wholesale? Contribute to the Community!

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates who said that their interview experience was positive, neutral or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.