When the word “interview” comes up, it is not surprising to see people shutter or run out of a room. While those examples may seem extreme, the application process can be tedious and filled with rejection. For those interested in working for one of the largest US Regional grocery chains, giving Publix a try could be of benefit. With over 1,200 locations in the southeastern United States, Publix has sustained a reputation of excellence amongst its loyal customer base.

With a well-organized application system, interested candidates begin the process by applying for vacant positions at a specialized kiosk inside a Publix store. After completing the steps at the kiosk, an applicant will normally hear from a hiring manager within a week. Receiving an invitation to interview completely depends on how high a candidate has ranked in the automated kiosk system. For those looking to make themselves more competitive, there are tips below that can be followed.

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out 

Creating a resume is the first step that every candidate needs to complete when sending out a job application. Though many people would rather walk a mile on broken glass, it is a process that can be made simpler with a game plan. Below are tips that applicants can use to make their resumes stand out.

Tailor Your Resume to the Specific Job Applied For

When going through the application process, it is tempting to send out the same resume to a bunch of different jobs to cover ground more quickly. While you'll have a lot of resumes sent, the chances of an employer looking through a generic resume are very slim. Although it can be time-consuming, it is worthwhile for candidates to make certain tweaks to a resume before sending it out.

Use Industry and Job Specific Keywords

Though not something that many applicants want to hear, the chances of your resume being fully read by a recruiter or hiring manager is not high. Many large corporations use filtering systems which quickly scan the resume for certain keywords they're looking for. A rule of thumb when coming up with keywords is to look at the job description itself. Recruiters and hiring managers will often place specific keywords or experiences they're looking for in their perfect candidate.

Use a Header

Including a clear and poignant statement at the top of a resume is a perfect way to define who you are.  By adding a header to the top of a resume, it is a great way for a candidate to brand themselves. Based upon research, an objective statement is not nearly as effective as using a header. A header is typically written in all caps across the top of a page and sits directly under your name and contact information.

Add a Cover Letter to Your Application

If you send in a cover letter, it shows a recruiter you went the extra mile to build upon the experiences shown on your resume. It also presents the candidate with the ability to further explain why you would be a great fit for the position. Cover letters are the perfect way of making your experiences into a story where you can highlight growth.

Proofread before Sending Out

While this tip may seem like a no-brainer, several people make the mistake of not properly proofreading their resume before pressing send. When creating a resume, a lot of applicants will sit down for the entire day and recollect about their experiences and what they did in those positions.  Once done with the resume, it is a great idea to either have a close friend, family member or colleague read it over to see if they spot any grammar mistakes or inconsistencies.  
When proofreading a resume, check for spelling mistakes, typos or any grammatical errors. Though not a complete deal breaker, hiring managers look down upon resumes that feature a significant amount of errors because it shows a lack of caring by the applicant.

Tips to Ace Your Interview


With the interview secured, here are tips that can be used to flawlessly maneuver your Publix interview.

Spend Time Researching the Company

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When applying to any company, especially one as recognizable as Publix, researching the company on their website and learning a little about their history is a great way to come into an interview as an informed applicant. Knowing the history of the company you're applying to and some of their most recent activities is a great way to show a hiring manager you've taken the time to learn. Little gestures like that go a long way in the interview process.  

Take Time to Practice

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As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” The most effective way to improve your interview skills is to give yourself ample practice time. Conducting mock interviews with close friends, family or colleagues can help a candidate feel more prepared for their upcoming interview.  For those who want extra assurance, a viable option would be to videotape your responses so you can review habitual cues such as lack of eye contact or the use of vocal fillers. The more conversational you can make an interview, the less daunting of a task it will appear.

Make Sure to Bring Your Own Questions

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As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” The most effective way to improve your interview skills is to give yourself ample practice time. Conducting mock interviews with close friends, family or colleagues can help a candidate feel more prepared for their upcoming interview.  For those who want extra assurance, a viable option would be to videotape your responses so you can review habitual cues such as lack of eye contact or the use of vocal fillers. The more conversational you can make an interview, the less daunting of a task it will appear.

Dress to Impress

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What a candidate wears to an interview says a lot about the employee they may be. Though Publix is not known for its professional business attire, arriving at your interview in a shirt and ripped jeans would not be deemed professional. Regardless of the mood of the establishment applied, when meeting with a hiring manager, a candidate should take the time to pick out a professional outfit and groom accordingly.  


Remember that a hiring manager takes notes about a candidate as soon as they walk into his or her office. While a person’s clothing choices will not be brought up during an interview, hiring managers will note those who put effort into their appearance.

Follow Up with a Thank You Note

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Before leaving the interview, grab contact information from the hiring manager. Although it may seem like a small gesture, sending a follow-up thank-you email is a great way to reiterate your interest in the position. The follow-up email should contain a thank you to the hiring manager for taking the time to meet with you and also reference your continued interest in the position.

If you do not hear from the hiring manager for a week or two, sending a follow-up email is appropriate. Keep that follow up short and state you're still very excited about the job and hope that there has been development. Though it may be a nice thing to do, several employers will not let you know you didn't get the job. They will just never call you back.

Publix Interview Questions


Below are some commonly asked questions that a candidate may encounter during their Publix interview.

Why Do You Want to Work at Publix?

How Would You Define Customer Service?

What Would You Do If a Customer Refused Your Help?

What Days Are You Available to Work?

Conclusion


While the job market can seem like a dog-eat-dog situation, approaching the process with a game plan can help ease a lot of stress. Knowing what types of changes to make to a resume can significantly increase the chances of a candidate making the right impression with the hiring manager or a recruiter. If offered the opportunity to interview, researching the company, dressing appropriately, arriving with well-thought-out questions, and sending a follow-up email are great ways to ensure that your interview goes as smoothly as possible.

Publix is one of the largest grocery chains in the country and is always looking to onboard young or eager candidates.  By following the steps above, you may work at a company that continues to grow and attracts legions of new and loyal followers.

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