With more than 10,500 stores, Walmart is one of the best employers in the world. In fact, today more than 2.2 million associates work for Walmart, helping stores run smoothly and helping support the corporate side of the business. That is why it is worth getting prior knowledge about the Walmart online application and the placement test.
Due to the vast reach of Walmart, the career opportunities within this retail giant are immense. Even those who begin their careers at Walmart with an entry-level position are often presented with a slew of opportunities down the road. Not only that, but Walmart offers a range of benefits, including the ability to further your education for free.
If you’re interested in a career at Walmart, the first step is to apply for a job that matches your career path. From there, you will need to take an assessment test; and, if you are chosen for a job, you will have to pass a background check and a drug test.
Here we show you how to navigate the process from start to finish.
How to Apply at Walmart
Applying for a job at Walmart is a simple process. In fact, their online portal is easy to navigate and designed to make the task as efficient as possible. To apply for a job at Walmart, you can either visit the online careers webpage or use a kiosk at a physical outlet. In any case, the application process will lead you to an online application.
1. Find a job offer
Whether you visit the Walmart Careers webpage or use a kiosk in a retail store, you’ll begin your search by finding a job posting that interests you. For example, if you want to apply to become a cashier in a retail store, you choose Walmart Store Jobs, then Cashier and Front End. On this page, you will find detailed information about the job description, as well as a list of the benefits available for this position.
2. Click Apply
Once you have reviewed the job description and determined that this is the position you are looking for, you can click on the Apply button. This will immediately direct you to the next web page.
3. Choose your region
On the next page, you will choose your region, which is the area where you want to work. This will help narrow down the available opportunities.
4. Accept the terms and conditions
After choosing the Walmart location, you will come to a disclaimer page. At the bottom of this page, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions to progress.
The information on this page can be broken down into five key segments:
- Employer Equality Information: This will highlight Walmart’s position on providing reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.
- Background Check: This disclaimer will inform you that Walmart may verify the information you provide during the application process through a background check. By agreeing to this statement, you authorize all individuals, schools, businesses, corporations, credit bureaus and law enforcement agencies to provide any information regarding your background to Walmart.
- Text Messaging Permission: Since Walmart uses text messaging during the application process, they require your consent to sign up for their text messaging program. It also contains information about your responsibility to understand your service provider’s message and data rates.
- Drug Test Agreement: In addition to a background check, to become a Walmart employee you will be required to submit to a drug test as part of the hiring process. Additionally, Walmart informs you that you may also be asked to submit to an alcohol or drug test under certain circumstances at a later date if you become its employee.
- Declaration of factual information: Finally, an important part of your agreement is that you certify that the information you provide on the application is correct.
5. Log in or create a profile
After accepting Walmart’s Terms and Conditions, you will be prompted to sign in to your existing profile or create a profile.
If you’ve ever applied for a job at Walmart, you probably already have an account. In this case, click on “Connection”. If you don’t remember your password, you can select Forgot password.
If you have never applied for a job at Walmart, you will need to create an account. Account creation is simple and only requires an active email address to get started. At this point, you will create your account password, which will allow you to log back into your profile at any time during the application process.
6. Fill in the application information
Once you have created an account and logged in, you start the application process. The application begins by collecting basic information. This includes your name, date of birth, social security number, cell phone number, and preferred method of contact.
At this point, you will also be asked if you have ever been employed by Walmart Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.
Next, the application will cover issues of equal opportunities/ethnic groups.
From there, you will add your work experience and military experience, if applicable. After filling in all this information, you will complete a quick questionnaire.
Finally, you will add your availability for work. Make sure the hours you list as available are times when you’re willing to work if Walmart offers you a position.
7. Take the benchmark test when prompted in the portal
After completing the initial application, Walmart will invite you to take an assessment test. Walmart uses this assessment test to screen candidates and determine if a candidate is suitable for a specific position.
Since the placement test is an important factor in whether or not Walmart hires you, it’s helpful to review the information below before you begin the test.
What’s in the placement test?
The placement test is an online exam that contains four parts. Each part asks you to answer a series of questions used to determine your eligibility for employment.
Section 1: Customer Service
The first section of the assessment uses scenario-based questions to determine how you would handle customer service interactions. In this section, you will be asked to come up with a scenario and then rank a list of reactions from best to worst.
Keep in mind that many of the proposed reactions will be similar. Take the time to read each reaction carefully before ranking the whole thing from best to worst.
Section 2: Problem Solving Skills
In the next section, you will be asked questions that will determine your ability to solve problems. The answers are multiple choice and some of the questions will involve graphs and charts.
The main focus of this section is on your math and logic skills. If you are applying for a position that will involve the use of cash, such as a cashier, this will be a critical section.
Section 3: Work Experience
In the third section of the assessment, you will be asked questions about your work history. This will allow you to share more information about your previous journey. If you don’t have a lot of previous work experience, you can rethink other scenarios, such as internships or school activities.
This section helps Walmart understand your strengths and weaknesses and whether you will demonstrate the work ethic they are looking for.
Section 4: Personality test
Finally, the most important section of the assessment is section four. This section is basically a personality test. You will be asked to rate your feelings about a statement on a scale similar to this:
- (1) Totally disagree
- (2) Disagree
- (3) Neither agree nor disagree
- (4) OK
- (5) Totally agree
The purpose of this section is to determine if your personality will suit the position you are applying for and the culture of the company. Be consistent in your answers, as the test will group them together to create a complete profile of your personality.
Bonus tips for landing a job at Walmart
Beyond simply completing the online Walmart application and taking the placement test, there are things you can do to increase your success:
- Take your time. Never rush the application or the assessment test. When you slow down and read each section carefully, you’ll be less likely to make mistakes or miss important details.
- Be honest. The best way to start off on the right foot with any employer is honesty. From your previous work experience to your personality, answer everything honestly.
- Make sure you have submitted everything. One of the great things about Walmart’s online app is that you can save your progress as you go. Your portal allows you to approach the application in stages according to your needs. However, if you start the application, remember to complete it and submit it fully.
Also, for up-to-date information on the application process, see Walmart’s step-by-step application process page. Here you will find out what happens after you submit your application, as well as a relevant list of frequently asked questions and answers.