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Warehouse Associate Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Warehouse Associate interview, here are 20 interview questions and answer examples.

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Do you have experience driving a forklift?

How to Answer

Most likely this is not a requirement for the job, be sure to review the job description to be sure. Interviewers want to get extra knowledge about yourself and any previous forklift driving experience will be a bonus.

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20 Warehouse Associate Interview Questions & Answers

  • Discovery

    1. Do you have experience driving a forklift?

      How to Answer

      Most likely this is not a requirement for the job, be sure to review the job description to be sure. Interviewers want to get extra knowledge about yourself and any previous forklift driving experience will be a bonus.

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      1st Answer Example

      "No, I have never operated a forklift but would love to be trained in operating one."

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  • Discovery

    2. Tell me about your experience being cross-trained on multiple duties in various departments.

      How to Answer

      A warehouse associate is commonly asked to perform a variety of duties during their shift or their work week. Being able to adapt as a warehouse worker, is critical to performing the job well. To answer this question well, and other similar questions, be sure to rehearse all of the various job duties you performed at your last position so you can easily recall them during the interview.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, at my last position, I would routinely be called upon to do various jobs around the warehouse. The most common of them is operating the industrial truck. Other days I would be picking items and processing them."

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  • Discovery

    3. Our warehouse operates on three shifts, which shift would you prefer?

      How to Answer

      An interviewer would ask this question to see if there is any shift you are opposed to working. If so, be honest and upfront with the interviewer and hope that it isn't a dealbreaker. If it was a requirement, most likely it would be in the job description.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I can only work the midnight shift due to my family's schedule. My wife works during the day and I need to be home with the kids."

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  • Discovery

    4. If I called your previous or current manager, what would they describe as your most insufficient quality?

      How to Answer

      This is a curveball question to get you to open up about your weaknesses. For all interviews you should come prepared to answer a question about a weakness you may have and with that you should have two examples ready to go. Give an answer that isn't a deal breaker. Be sure to state how you are working on improving in that skill.

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  • Discovery

    5. How many days of work did you miss last year?

      How to Answer

      This is a casual question meant to test whether or not you would admit to skipping work. Saying you missed two-plus weeks of work would almost be a dealbreaker. Therefore, state any days you had to miss due to sickness or family emergencies.

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  • Discovery

    6. What interests you the most about working in a warehouse environment?

      How to Answer

      Working in a warehouse may not sound like the most glamorous job but there is definitely a lot to learn. Take the time to research the industry, the products, and any information about the facility's operations. There are many different areas of working in a warehouse such as shipping, receiving, and quality control, as well as buying and purchasing. So think long and hard about the things you enjoy about the work you do along with things you want to learn.

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  • Discovery

    7. Where do you see yourself in three years?

      How to Answer

      Most interviewers will ask this question to make sure you don't have a planned departure in a few months. The interviewers are not looking for you to say you expect a managerial role in three years, they simply want to know that if all goes well, you'll still be working for them.

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  • Discovery

    8. What is your greatest strength?

      How to Answer

      Being asked what is your greatest strength is pretty common. There are many easy answers, consider the following: your endurance (being able to stand for long hours), being able to handle a labor-intensive job, determination to perform your job well, dedication, and following instructions.

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  • Discovery

    9. How often did you miss work at your last position?

      How to Answer

      If you have missed work in the past, this interview question will be tough to answer. Whereas, if you had a great attendance record at your last position, say so and move on. Again, if you've missed work in your previous position, I'd recommend being truthful and starting your new career off on the right foot. Let the interviewer know you missed more days than you should have, recognize that fact, and take ownership of it. Tell them you know it's unacceptable to miss work and you are determined to do things right.

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  • Discovery

    10. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      The key to answering 'Tell me about yourself.' is to get to the point with your career-related background. Do this by mentioning your previous job and your training and how that has led you to warehouse work.

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  • Discovery

    11. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      Interviewers love to ask this difficult interview question. Answer the question correctly by telling the interviewer a real weakness that you are trying to improve upon. The key is to pick a weakness that is not devasting for this career. For a warehouse worker, the weakness could be that you are an introvert who prefers working alone. Or, you enjoy being active and moving around on the job thus your weakness is doing paperwork but you're improving in this area because you've learned how to make paperwork more engaging.

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      Avoid This

      Try to avoid weaknesses that would disqualify you from a warehouse job. Such weaknesses could be that you are unable to lift moderately heavy items, do not enjoy working on your feet, lack focus, or not good at paying attention to details. Any of those weaknesses may be too big of a turn off for the interviewer and could potentially place you out of the job.

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    12. We have a diverse workforce here. Tell me about your experience working with a diverse group of people.

      How to Answer

      This is most certainly a job requirement; being able to work with diverse co-workers. State that you have done this in the past and enjoy working with folks from different backgrounds.

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  • Operational

    13. If you saw a forklift driver operating his machine in an unsafe way, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      This is a question from the interviewers meant to test your common sense. Forklifts can be dangerous and even deadly. Interviewers must know you would alert the manager in any situation like this.

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  • Operational

    14. How did you fill your downtime at your last position?

      How to Answer

      The hiring company wants to be sure you are proactive during downtimes. State the miscellaneous tasks you would focus on when you had downtime.

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  • Operational

    15. How do you stay focused handling packages for hours at a time?

      How to Answer

      This is a real dilemma for warehouse workers. You need to be able to complete mundane tasks without losing focus. By asking this question, your interviewers will test your experience. If you have no experience moving boxes for hours at a time, you'll be a higher risk of turnover.

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  • Operational

    16. How do you ensure safety when working on the warehouse floor?

      How to Answer

      The warehouse environment can come with many hazards and dangers. So you would use this time to go into greater detail about wearing personal protective equipment, steering clear of falling objects, etc.

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  • Operational

    17. If the warehouse was behind on schedule and your supervisor asked you to start immediately on your machine without conducting safety checks, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      This scenario question tests your safety awareness. The only correct answer is to ignore your supervisor's instructions and perform your safety tests before beginning work.

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  • Operational

    18. How do you ensure that you are meeting all of your production targets?

      How to Answer

      Depending on which part of a warehouse you are working in, many facilities have production goals that each person has to meet before the end of each shift. The warehouse environment is often very fast past and you may be required to have a certain number of boxes shipped or a certain number of products scanned before the end of your shift. This would be the time to highlight your time management and organizational skills.

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  • Situational

    19. If you saw a co-worker stealing, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      Likely if you are being asked this question, the interviewer is asking you a dated question. The obvious, canned response, is 'I would alert my supervisor immediately'. It's great to say that, but try to go above and beyond by telling the interviewer about a specific time when this has happened. Try to stay humble as you retell your story.

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    20. Tell me about a time where a team member was not pulling their weight. How did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Meeting production goals in a warehouse setting is often a team effort. If one person doesn't do their job, it can impact the production goals of the whole team. So to answer this question, think about instances where you have had to help a teammate meet production goals or vice versa.

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