If you want a job at a grocery store, chances are you are competing with hundreds of people for the position.
You should as well give up, right?
There’s no need.
The competition is fierce and you’d better find something else.
Why don’t you scupper that thought – You are good enough and the only way you will know that is when you healthily compete with others.
To get a job, not only in a grocery store, you would need to be hardworking, smart, and have some basic skills to enable you to execute your job proficiently.
I’ve done some research and come up with proven ways to get a job at a grocery store.
THE STEPS TO GET A GROCERY STORE JOB
Here are a few tips that will help you;
Fill Out the Form
There are two ways to apply for a job position – The first is to apply online which is common with big chain stores. Other stores are more likely to accept in-person applications, it’s best if you ask me. Walk into a store and talk to the manager if there are available positions you can apply for.
Complete the Assessment
The assessment is pretty crucial for most job applications in the US. It helps the employers do a background check and interview you to see if you are fit for the floor.
The job requires a lot of agility and movement, you’ll regularly move, bend, lift, and stock shelves.
Most background checks will rule you out – Applicants with felony convictions especially in big cities are unlikely to get a job as a cashier. Sex offenders too will be axed from the list of potential candidates.
Have a Printed Resume
Your resume should contain all your experience working in a shop or a field that is closely related to the position you are applying for.
This is not a prerequisite for getting the job but it will increase your chances. If anything, a good resume will help your application sit on top of the pile.
Print a resume and walk into the store with a smile. Look for the hiring manager or the department in charge of recruitment. Big chains like Walmart, Kroger, Target have a dedicated person that in charge of recruitment
Some important qualities you should emphasize in your resume.
- Good communication skills
- Prior knowledge about the position you are applying
- Can handle tools like pallet jacks, knives, box cutters, etc.
- Fit enough to lift 50lbs around
- Multi-tasking abilities
- Work Long hour shifts between 5-8 hours
- Ability to use your hands to grasp, push and pull
- Ability to work in any weather condition
- Flexible working schedule – Weekends, Holidays, etc.
- If you have much experience at a particular job, include things like;
- Examples of times you managed money
- Experience in solving customer complaints
- Additional activities like squatting, being in shape to handle tough tasks.
If you feel stuck at listing the skills you need in your resume, always check the job description. Employers often mention some qualities they are looking for, so adding those qualities are key points.
Most people generally can’t handle multiple rejections. But you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take – Micheal Jordan
Follow-ups are qualities you should develop. Be persistent and ask about the status of your application.
Persistence got many people to where they are, but don’t be aggressive with it. Choose a day in a week to follow up and if nothing comes up try again the following week.
Create a thick skin of what may happen until you get a final response. Hopefully, it’s a yes but even if it’s a No then you shouldn’t give up. Keep searching, till you get the job.
Talk to the Employees
Yes, this is often overlooked but talking to an employee to put in a word or two for you can greatly increase your chance. Ensure you create some kind of rapport before you politely tell them you are applying for a job and ask if they can put in the word for you.
It’s a bit nervy if the person you are talking to is a total stranger. It works better if you have a friend or family member that works there.
Interview Pointers for Grocery Store Job
Here are some pointers you will expect the grocery store manager to ask in an interview and how to answer them.
Tell me about yourself?
This question is as old as time itself. It’s an open-ended question, while it feels like you should start talking about your whole life, resist the urge to.
Briefly talk about yourself and give the interviewer insight into your education and qualifications that makes it relevant to the position.
Answer the questions freely and don’t add pressure on yourself to impress the interviewer. Just be yourself and set the tone of the conversation as someone hardworking, smart, and confident for the job.
Why do you want to work in this Store?
Try to tell the interviewer why the position fits your skillset. Ensure you project yourself as someone that is motivated about the Job.
Also, research about the store, the industry, and position, tell the interviewer about things you found out about the brand. It shows the person that you took your time to research, that alone can score some points for you.
Understand your job priorities and the aspects of the company that fits your skillset. Finally, know why you want to work in the position.
You can talk about a time you resolved a problem or handled an angry customer.
How you answer this question depends on the position you are applying for.
Here are some of the positions in a grocery store – I’ve written about all the positions and their responsibilities.
Do you have any professional experience for the Job?
If you are applying for sales, for example, you can talk about a time you convinced a client, friend, or family member to make a wise purchase.
If you are applying for the cashier position talk about your cash handling experience. Talk about how you were entrusted with handling money and how you approached the responsibility.
What would you do if you saw a Coworker pocketing or stealing from the store?
Most people would say they will convince the coworker to put the item back. To be honest, I’d say that too.
But that answer is wrong.
What if the coworker repeats it, can you guarantee it doesn’t happen again?
Your job is to report to the manager. As much as it sounds harsh, it’s the right thing to do and any manager will like to hire a person that cuts all the loose ends.
What should I wear to a Grocery Store Interview?
You have to make sure are presentable and somewhat formal. You don’t want to dress as though you are hitting the club. Or Dress like the CEO of a banking firm.
First, you should choose clothing that does with the season. Pick clothes that make you feel comfortable in them. Don’t overthink it, use your judgment, and you will do just fine. Finally, check for stains and holes, ensure it’s not wrinkled, and use an iron to straighten it.
Finally, if you’ve come thus far then I believe all the tips given in the article will help you get a job at a grocery store.
Remember that not everyone gets a job on the first try, it doesn’t mean you are incompetent or less than the other applicants. You have to keep applying at different stores and don’t forget to follow up regularly.
Best of luck, cheers!
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Moses Dzarmah is the founder of Grocerycorridor. Having worked in the grocery store for almost all his life. His colleagues called him the grocery hermit for his knowledge around the field that’s encompassing. Almost disturbing that he’d know every nitty gritty part associated to grocery stores. I decided to pen down as my colleagues will endearingly say with a slight mockery “wealth of experience”.