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How to Get Hired at Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart is one of the largest employers in the world. With employees in every state in the United States and in dozens of countries, the company has thousands of employees. Getting hired at Wal-Mart is not always easy, however. Here's what to keep in mind.

Apply in person. Nearly every Wal-Mart in the world has an automated application kiosk, where prospective employees must apply. These kiosks look like computers on a small desk, with a chair in front of them. Most of these are located at the front of the store, in the customer service area, or in the back of the store by the store rooms. If you don't see the kiosk at the customer service area, ask one of the customer service employees where you can apply for a position.

Fill out the application entirely. Don't leave anything blank. In the section that asks for references, put the names of responsible adults with working phone numbers. If you're a teen with no work experience, use the names and phone numbers of neighbors or teachers. Before you apply, ask your references if you can use them on your application.

Use proper English and grammar on your application. Stay away from slang, and make sure that you've spelled everything properly.

Make sure that your phone bills are paid and up to date. You don't want to miss an important call from the hiring manager wanting to schedule an interview.

Speak clearly and use proper grammar when you are called to schedule an interview. This means not using words like, "Hey," and "Yeah." Speak respectfully. Even though you haven't met the manager face-to-face yet, your interviewing process begins from the moment you first open your mouth on the telephone. Your first impression will stay with the interviewer and will affect his impression of you throughout the interview.

Shower before your interview. Gentlemen should be clean shaven. Dress casually, but nicely. Women should wear a skirt or slacks, and men should wear khakis and a button-down shirt.

Arrive to your interview early. You want to show your future employer that you are eager and can be punctual.

Speak clearly and look the interviewer in the eye. Answer her or his questions directly, without too many "Uh" or "Um" sounds between your words. Again, user proper grammar, not slang.

Add something at the end. Nearly every interviewer ends the interview by asking, "Would you like to add anything?" Set yourself apart from the other people who were interviewed for the job by add ing something such as, "I'd just like to say that I know I can do this job, and do it well. I'm a hard worker, and I know I won't disappoint you if you decide to hire me."

End the interview by shaking the interviewer's hand, and thanking him. Look him directly in the eye.

Send a thank-you note the following day. Before you leave, stop at the customer service department to ask for the store's mailing address. When you get home, write a brief thank-you note to the manager, thanking her for her time and the experience. Close by saying you look forward to hearing from her soon. Sign it, "Respectfully," and sign your name. The next morning, mail it to the address you were given.