Walmart Job and Career Information

Tips for Getting a Job at Walmart

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Interested in working for Walmart? Would you like to start or grow your career with Walmart? You can fill out an online job application for most positions. The giant discount retail department store has locations across the United States and around the world and is one of the largest private employers in the US. The store hires both full and part-time employees. Walmart also owns Sam’s Club, a chain of American membership-only warehouse clubs.

Here is information on how to find and apply for open positions at Walmart, what to expect during a job interview at the store, and tips for getting hired.

Walmart Career Information

Walmart's career site has employment information including job openings, the Walmart employment application, company locations, and how to apply online.

Walmart Job Search: Salaried Jobs

There are two Walmart job search pages. The first page lists all corporate and salaried jobs. Search for these jobs by job title and location. You can also search by specific industry.

Walmart Job Search: Hourly Retail Jobs

The second job search page lists all Walmart store and Sam’s Club hourly jobs. To search for these jobs, you need to register through the Online Hiring Center. You can apply online for jobs through this site. Walmart estimates that filling out an application will take between thirty minutes and an hour.

Walmart Jobs

Walmart offers a variety of careers for job seekers. Within the stores and Sam’s Clubs, Walmart offers both hourly retail jobs and management jobs. There are also jobs in healthcare, included careers in pharmacy, optometry, and Walmart’s Care Clinic. There are a variety of corporate jobs ranging from accounting to engineering to real estate. There are also jobs as drivers and in Walmart’s Distribution Center.

Student Leadership Programs

Walmart runs a number of programs to place students and recent graduates in full-time roles to gain experience in corporate leadership. Programs include an International Academy, an Assistant Manager Training Program, an IT Rotational Program, and more.

  • Walmart Leadership Programs

Jobs for Veterans

Walmart encourages veterans to apply to positions and strives to help vets transition back to civilian life. Walmart offers advice for veterans returning to the workforce, including a “Find Your Fit” quiz that helps veterans discover their ideal position within the company. The company seeks to hire 250,000 veterans by 2020.

Walmart Employee Benefits

Walmart employees receive a range of benefits that include an incentive/bonus plan, health insurance, profit sharing, 401(k), education, store discounts, and other Walmart employment benefits.

All Walmart associates (full and part time) can become eligible for insurance benefits.

Walmart Job Application / Pre-Employment Assessment Test

Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you may be required to complete a Walmart job application and take a pre-employment assessment test to determine your suitability for employment at Walmart.

Job applicants can also apply in Walmart stores. There are booths available to use to apply. If you don't see the application center, ask at Customer Service and they will direct you. In some stores, it's located near the Customer Service center. In others, it may be in a different section of the store.

Here's information on the application and what you'll be asked on the test.

Walmart Solicitud de Empleo - Español

Aplique para de gerencia o posiciones por hora a Walmart en Español.

Walmart Interview Questions

Do you have an interview scheduled or have you interviewed at Walmart? Review common retail interview questions to prepare.

What to Wear to a Walmart Job Interview:

During your interview, make sure you wear neat and professional clothing in compliance with the Walmart dress code. If you are applying for an entry-level position, business casual clothing, like khakis and polo shirt, will do. If you are applying for a management or executive position, you should dress more formally.

Tips for Getting Hired at Walmart

  • You should express a willingness to work flexible hours, and highlight your availability to work weekend, evenings and early or late hours. This is particularly important if you are working a retail position that might require you to work a variety of shifts.
  • Whether you are an entry-level employee or manager, you're going to have to take directions from someone. Emphasize your ability to follow directions and that you understand the importance in complying with company standards.
  • Working at a large store like Walmart requires an immaculate attention to detail, from inventory to scheduling to time sheets to store cleanliness to customer satisfaction. Make sure you express your patience and diligence in getting things done well, and efficiently.
  • Working in any large retail environment requires some knowledge around how you can control or cut costs. If you're applying for a mid-level or high-level position, that means you need to know about cost-control strategies. If you're applying for an entry-level position, you should explain how you can keep costs to a minimum, whether that means working efficiently, maximizing the use of your time, or keeping an eye out for shoplifters.
  • Again, a mid-level or high-level role will require you to develop and monitor strategies to increase sales. But even as an entry-level employee you should emphasize an awareness of what you can do to drive sales, even if it just means greeting customers or answering their questions.
  • You will need to show your interviewer that you have an ability to calm disgruntled customers, especially if you are applying for a management position. Emphasize your interpersonal skills, warm personality, and ability to stay calm and rational under pressure.
  • If you're applying for a management position, you'll need to prove that you have the capacity to motivate hourly workers who may be working long, difficult shifts. If you have any examples from a past position, you should definitely talk about how you successfully encouraged and engaged the employees who you managed.
  • A management position will likely require you to mediate employee conflicts. Be prepared to speak to your experience in handling conflicts between other employees.
  • A management role involves ensuring that other employees are in compliance with laws and company policies. You should convey that you understand relevant laws and that you’re familiar with company policies. 
  • Depending on your role, you may need to manage relationships with vendors. So in addition to being able to succeed in customer interactions, you should also be able to build fruitful partnerships with suppliers.
  • Higher level positions require you to mentor and develop management talent. If you are applying for a role like this, make sure you convey an understanding of what it takes to manage your managers.