How to Get a Job at Coca-Cola
One of the most recognized brands in the world, Coca-Cola consistently hires for a variety of positions in the manufacturing industry. Candidates seeking work should apply online. Each applicant generally follows a process involving screening via telephone followed by multiple one-to-one and panel interviews with hiring personnel. Job hopefuls cite the hiring process as lasting up to four weeks for managerial positions, while most entry-level jobs experience quicker turnarounds.
Tips for Supervisors
Supervisor applicants tend to participate in both one-to-one and panel interviews. Applicants should emphasize any prior experiences relevant to the position applied for while responding to interview questions like, "Have you ever attempted to make a change in company policy to better execute daily tasks?" or "How do you respond when overwhelmed in the workplace?" Supervisory candidates should dress appropriately for all stages of interviews. Wearing business-appropriate attire often serves as suitable dress for management. Entry-level workers should wear business-casual or formal office attire, as well.
Entry-Level Hiring Information
Coca-Cola seeks energetic, enthusiastic, and physically fit workers to fill entry-level positions in manufacturing. Candidates may need to demonstrate knowledge of different machinery, the ability to lift and bend repeatedly, and provide examples of certifications, when necessary. Interviewers tend to ask about previous work experiences, education, and personal history when screening potential candidates. Aside from possible behavioral assessments applicants frequently encounter, candidates respond to commonly asked manufacturing questions such as, "What would you consider good manufacturing processes on the floor?" and "Do you have the ability to work multiple shifts at varying hours?"
Research and Conduct
Applicants should exhibit qualities representative of model Coca-Cola employees. Research common manufacturing practices and review company history before meeting with hiring personnel. Maintain excellent posture and eye contact with each interviewer during the actual sessions and remember to greet each hiring manager warmly and appropriately. Though possible to receive job offers at the conclusion of the hiring process, candidates who show initiative and follow-up with human resource managers may receive additional hiring consideration in the future.
Coca-Cola Merchandiser Interview Video
Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
Coca-Cola Employee: My job title was merchandiser. I went to various stores, big or small, like Walmart, Giant Eagle, Kmarts, etc. and filled their shelves with Coke products. I made sure everything was faced out and everyone was happy.
Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
Coca-Cola Employee: It depended on the store. I wasn’t too much at the plant. I don’t really go out there too much because it’s based in Akron and I live somewhere else. So, it depended. Like, Walmarts are bigger, but their backrooms are crowded. Some stores are smaller, so it’s easier to get to. Acmes are better with that kind of stuff, so it depended.
Interviewer: What was your favorite part about working there?
Coca-Cola Employee: I’d have to say my favorite part was the money. Just getting in, it was decent money. It wasn’t minimum wage or anything.
Interviewer: Please describe a typical day as an employee.
Coca-Cola Employee: Pretty much get up really early because you have to get in before everyone starts shopping. You go to your first store, you don’t even go to the plant. You clock in when you get there. You go in, look for what you need, stock out the shelves, go in the back room. If you have an order, work on that first. Make sure everything looks good before you leave that store, then two, three, four other stores to do. Then, you come back to the first store and make sure all the sale items are still full and stuff like that.
Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
Coca-Cola Employee: I mean, it was easy, but you kind of had to know someone. I knew someone in there, so it helped. But as far as the interview, they ask the basic questions: “How well does this job fit for you?”, “Why should we pick you?”, “What qualifications do you have?”, and stuff like that.
Interviewer: What should an applicant wear to the interview?
Coca-Cola Employee: I mean, I’ve always thought that for any interview you should take what you think is appropriate, since it’s a worldwide company, and up it one. I think I did dress pants and a dress shirt, so I don’t think khakis and a regular shirt will do it.
Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
Coca-Cola Employee: It was pretty generic, like: “What will you do?” scenarios, like management, customers, etc.
Interviewer: What set you apart from other candidates?
Coca-Cola Employee: My interview skills, I think. I was quick on my answers, and I knew the answers. I didn’t know the questions, but I was quick to respond. I didn’t have to sit there and think about it.
Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
Coca-Cola Employee: They should be ready to work hard because it wasn’t a cakewalk. It was really early, it was physically demanding. Management can sometimes be very hard to deal with anywhere, so it’s just be ready for all that kind of stuff.