The Interview

A few notes about the interview at Wal-Mart

There were three people in the interview, two asked the question while the third made notes about everything I said. I answered the questions with ease. Even the ones that would not apply to someone working the midnight shift. Why should they care what I think is most important way to ensure customers leave the store happy? They obviously have 10 questions that they ask everyone for any position. They actually used the “what are two of your strengths and two of your weaknesses question”. Thank god she warned me that the next question is a tough one and I can take as much time as I needed. I always thought that was just a joke question that has never really been asked in an interview. Is being blindly devoted to my employer a weakness?

I was sure that a job like night stock person for a Wal-Mart is a single interview type of job. I was so wrong. After the interview concluded, they asked if I could spend a few minutes to answer a questionnaire. I said yes, thinking that it was a questionnaire that would help them to more efficiently interview future applicants, and that it was just a few questions. Wrong again. I was then led to another room and asked to answer 52 questions where I was asked to answer by circling numbers that correspond to strongly agree, strongly disagree and 6 levels in-between. Are these questions really valuable? The first question was “I have been consistently late to previous jobs, but that is all in the past”. Do you strongly agree with that question and does that mean that it is not in the past, or do you agree with this and admit that you are always late but your sure it won’t happen again? I could have written a small note explaining that I am not sure if this question applies to me since I’m never late, but the instructions stated that I was not to make any additional marks on the page, doing so may have made me appeared to be a free thinker. The same question was rephrased and asked three more times. I was also asked if i considered someone that smoked a “marijuana cigarette”, once a week has a drug problem. There were many questions about employee theft, such as, “If Sally was a hard worker, but stole 5 dollars a year should be fired and publicly exposed?”. Fortunately for me they didn’t ask me if I thought paying minimum wage and treating people like a number contributed to employee theft. The typical anti-union questions were also present. Should raises and promotions be based on the employee’s seniority or how hard they work? Raise, who needs a raise? I was also expected to strongly agree that a managers ability to manage (control) people is more important than their knowledge in the field of work his subordinates perform.

They must have bought my lies because I have a second interview tomorrow, damn.

I should probably fill up on water before the interview in case I have to pee in a cup.

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2 Responses to The Interview

  1. Chris says:

    I like shopping at wally world but there’s something robotic about the people that work there. They always creep me out. Especially the door greeter. I wonder how good it does a company’s image to have a 38 year old “mentally challenged” man with one arm, handing out smiley stickers to kids?

  2. Chris Fehr says:

    I went through the same process but I seem to recal filling out the questionare before the interview. The other guy in the room was a little braver and told them to shove it. I sat through a nother page or so and decided it much too nice outside to be doing this and declined to complete it. It also bothered me some that they would tell me little about the job. All i knew is they didn’t want late, drug smoking theifs. Good thing I dodged that one.