Originally posted on November 9, 2022 @ 11:47 am
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been offered a job at the popular retail chain Walmart.
Although very exciting, moving into a new workplace can also be difficult. Fear not though, we’ve got you covered! Read on to learn more about Walmart’s orientation, including the important things you need to know.
What to expect: The basics
It’s always good to have an idea of what you’re going through in situations like this. Read on to learn what to expect at a Walmart orientation.
Every day is different.
Typically, Walmart orientation runs over a three-day period. The first two days focus on general paperwork, and videos, basically giving you an idea of what the company expects from its employees. On the final day, trainees must complete a set of computer-based modules culminating in a quiz. Don’t worry if you fail, you just need to repeat it until you pass – so listen and learn!
Don’t get too stuck on modules. They are not to deceive you! In fact, they are a great learning curve and provide information on what to do in difficult situations. This could be related to problems with customers, or your co-workers. It actually looks quite interesting!
What will I learn at Walmart Orientation?
Over your three days, you’ll learn a lot about the following topics which are a great starting point for getting into a new role:
- Sales training
- Introduction to the benefits of working for Walmart
- Company policies (and expectations)
- Communication skills
- Workplace safety
- Employee protection training
Will I be paid?
Yes, you will be happy to know that one of the incentives for attending the training is that you will earn some money. It will be less than a regular wage and more than a ‘training’ wage – but it’s better than nothing!
Once you start working for Walmart, any training you attend will be paid on an hourly basis.
What to wear
There is no set dress code for orientation. Although we recommend dressing appropriately. Comfortable shoes, jeans, and a t-shirt are easy. Keeping your hair neat and going easy on your eye makeup is also advised. Remember, this is going to be the first impression you make to co-workers and employers, so make it count!
How long is Walmart’s orientation?
Walmart’s entire orientation is usually three days. You will spend 8 to 9 hours studying daily. It may seem like a lot, but once you’ve completed three days, you’ll be comfortable enough to fit into your new work role.
Will I need to take a drug test for the Walmart orientation?
Drug testing for familiarity is rare, but always expect the unexpected! After you begin employment at Walmart, there may be times when drug screenings occur. This is just company policy and is common in the working world, especially in large companies. However, your contract will explain everything you will need to sign if you accept the offer.
Recruitment Process: Different Stages
If you’ve already accepted a job and you’re reading this for basic orientation information, you obviously know all about Walmart’s hiring process. However, you may have landed on this page out of curiosity. If so, keep reading to learn more about the different stages of recruitment and what you’ll need.
The first step is to fill out the application form. Gone are the days when you have to go to the store to drop off your stuff. Now, they are accepted exclusively online. Walmart is constantly in need of new employees, so you can easily find an application on the official website. The entire process should take about an hour to complete. You may need to send some documents such as proof of identity (passport, driver’s license).
This assessment will be done according to the job role you have applied for. The question-and-answer process is Walmart’s way of selecting the best applicants. During this stage it is important to take your time and understand each question.
In the first interview, you will face many scenario and character questions. This is the interviewer’s way of finding out if you have what it takes!
You’re almost there! If you’re lucky enough to be called back for a second interview, the job is almost certainly yours. Interviewers will often spend this time assessing your skills and abilities. This is your chance to really sell yourself and let them know what you’re worth.
At this stage, you must have already been offered a job. Prior to the orientation, a background check and possibly a drug test will be conducted. Once it’s clean, you’re all set!
The Walmart orientation spans 8-9 hours a day over three days. In the process, you will learn all about company policies as well as what to expect as an employee. Orientation days are ideal for meeting your new co-workers and other team members. So now that you’ve learned everything there is to know, get out there, and enjoy your new work role!