Make sure you dress professionally and have your hair in a mostly natural shade. A lot of people underestimate the qualities Walmart looks for. They are still a business and want their associates to have a professional image. Just be sure to show them kindness and respect and make a good first impression. Also, if you’re serious about a job there, call them and talk to them a week or so after you apply. Believe it or not, Walmart can afford to be picky about who they hire and want to see dedication.
The company culture is acceptable. They have food many times in the break room for Thanksgiving or when a salaried manager leaves or various other events. There are resources there that may help you on the walls in the back of the store and break room such as college help and volunteer opportunities. You can talk to the personnel office and get help with benefits and opportunities and so on. Most of management are friendly and helpful people of course you may encounter a bad apple now and again.
The best way to market yourself to Walmart is to simply be motivated! Even if you don't plan on making a career at Walmart, our managers love to see people put effort into their work no matter how big or small the task is. This also applies to turning an internship or part time position into a full time position. If you are completing your tasks to the best of your ability and putting pride into your work, you'll be on the road to promotion in no time. My best advice would be to remember that even though it's a retail job, you're there to make a big (and often mundane) part of many people's lives a bit more enjoyable and convenient. All in all, Walmart is really what you make of it. If you come in every day with a positive attitude, ready to help customers and coworkers, you will be able to climb the ladder fairly quickly in an enjoyable environment.
I started at Walmart with a temporary summer position, and later became a regular employee, but I have only worked during summers and holidays, so that is where all my experience comes from. For salesfloor positions like this, Walmart is really looking for anyone who is good with people and is willing and able to follow instructions. For students trying to market themselves to a Walmart, any previous experience in retail or customer service would help. Also, students might mention if they have a particular area of knowledge that could be relevant to a certain department (e.g., a student who has a lot of experience camping might be well-suited to working in the sporting goods department). That being said, I started at Walmart with no relevant experience, so if you express interest I think it's likely you can at least get an interview, especially if you apply at a time where they need new associates (such as summer or holidays). If you are looking for a longer career at Walmart, the best way to start is though an entry-level position like this; most upper level management started with a sales or cashier position. Mentioning to a recruiter that you are interested in a higher position can't hurt! They constantly make sure to tell you that there are many career opportunities within Walmart.
Be friendly! Most of the time recruiters for Walmart are looking for friendly people who will help customers with a smile. Also when going to apply at Walmart make sure your selections at departments are not limited. With most of your options selected to work you will most likely be chosen to work at Walmart. Walmart will work with your school schedule but at times will be stubborn to allow you to be custom work hours. One last tip, Be available on the weekend!
For any student looking to win over recruiters, I suggest to make a good first impression when coming in contact. Dress nice for business, be professional in how you carry yourself, and always bring several copies of a well documented resume. You never know if you have to meet with more than one person. Your resume should show good grades from school (including SAT and ACT test scores just in case), a history of your determination and commitment to things you might have done in your past (school activities are a bonus), and your willingness to wanna help others (as prove of customer service quality).
The best way to market yourself to Walmart is as a people person, as someone social. Typical to what you might find in a number of retail areas, Walmart is looking for people who will interact with people in a fluid manner. Be able to hold a conversation. Most of all, be able to confidently talk about your strengths and weaknesses, and give firm answers to questions. To recap, be sociable, be able to hold a conversation, and be able to talk about strengths and weaknesses in an absolute manner.
Walmart definitely values creativity, efficiency, and out of the box thinking. Proving that you can do things well, and quickly, is very important to them. I've also heard that if you're working with computers they'll take away your mouse for the first couple of weeks to teach you the computer short cuts, which is interesting.
Former Sales Associate at Walmart Neighborhood Market
almost 2 years ago
This will depend greatly on what kind of position at Walmart one is seeking. Sales associate jobs are not hard to get. Management jobs often are the result of moving up from lower positions, however some are hired directly into higher positions in stores - experience in management would be important here. Other jobs such as those at Walmart HQ or in another office setting are harder for me to speak on, and the requirements will likely vary greatly depending on the position one is applying for. Walmart recruiters at University career fairs will likely be looking for intelligent, outgoing individuals who can help make Walmart run as efficiently as possible while still providing a good customer experience.
I would say show your diligence. Show your stamina. Show them that you are ready to take on the job, even if only for a few months like myself. If you are hired, then I suggest you stay in communication with your boss as much as possible.
The last rule I will not stress enough. Be yourself while applying the other rules to it and that will be your biggest. Our company lives on our 4 core values and we want to find people will match those qualities. When i look for someone I want to know who they are, what kind of person they are and how they are going to lead people. I want to know if they have a personality and they will be engaging.