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post #1 of 75
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Hello everyone. I have an interview as a Walmart decorator tomorrow and I was wondering if there is anyone that might have any tips and whether its a good job or not. I am a college student and my cake business is not doing well and I am strongly considering this job, thanks!

post #2 of 75
It has been over 20 years since I worked for Kroger. Stop trying to figure out how ancient I am!

At the time, it was a great job. It was steady work, decent wage, and a nice group of fellow employees.

I don't know about Walmart. These days I can barely even shop there without wanting to yell at someone. I refuse to go other than 7-9 AM.

Really, you are the only one who can decide of it is a good fit for you.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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post #3 of 75

The way I look at it is you can only gain experience.  Good or bad habits you learn what to do and what NOT to do, you're already in the cake business.  Yes, it stinks to have to go to Wal-Mart to decorate cakes since you want to have your own business, but it can't hurt. It may help you to learn things to do differently in your own business AND your name doesn't go on any cakes, Wal-Mart does. I say do what you need to do for the time being. Good luck!

post #4 of 75

In agreement with all of the above.  Get all the experience you can and place it in your back pocket and when your time comes to have your own storefront someday and can pull all that experience and knowledge and have one heck of a cake business, if this is what you want as an end result.  Wishing you well in whatever decisions you make.

post #5 of 75

I can only say that the Walmart shoppers will undoubtedly get MUCH prettier cakes while you're there than they ever would otherwise! (If they let you have any say in how you do it!) Good luck!
 

post #6 of 75

like many things cake decorating gets better with practice, and hopefully you will learn a little about making large quantities, commercial equipment and a few business practices. 

post #7 of 75

I have an acquaintance who works for Shop N Save and she has some special orders she has to fill, but otherwise, she can decorate the cakes anyway she wants to as long as they have all of the cakes they need for the day. So if you're lucky, you'll be able to get creative like she does. I love seeing her work. I hope you post yours as well!

post #8 of 75
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for your feed back! I am 19 years old and this is my first job interview. Do ya'll have any tips for my interview or know what they will have me do or what questions they will ask? I'm pretty sure they will have me decorate a cake but other than that I have no idea! Thanks!

post #9 of 75

Some general interview things, a couple tailored to cake making...Dress nicely-not  tight clothes, no holes or super faded, no t shirt with writing, no revealing cleavage or belly, no tank top.  Be clean, hair out of your face, fingernails tended to, smile, be friendly, shake their hand, say It is nice to meet you, be prepared to answer a question about what your strength and weakness are, be on time, leave your phone in the car, be interested and attentive, at the end thank them for the opportunity to interview and shake their hand again.  Just a few of my thoughts.

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...Dress nicely-not  tight clothes, no holes or super faded, no t shirt with writing, no revealing cleavage or belly, no tank top.  Be clean, hair out of your face, fingernails tended to, smile, be friendly, shake their hand, say It is nice to meet you, be prepared to answer a question about what your strength and weakness are, be on time, leave your phone in the car, be interested and attentive, at the end thank them for the opportunity to interview and shake their hand again.  Just a few of my thoughts.


This should just be advice for living in the world, not just for interviews . . .

 

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post #11 of 75

Yah Liz, I just reread it and you are right.  When I first typed it I said dress nicely and moved on.  Then upon rereading it I felt maybe I should clarify what that meant.  Sad, huh?  I should add, don't wear sweat pants or  fleece pants.  Really, really, really don't wear fleece pants with cartoon characters on them.

post #12 of 75
Thread Starter 

I'm a guy so there will be no cleavage showing, or tight clothes...lol. Thanks for all the tips everyone. I'm thinking of wearing slacks, blue button down shirt, black tie, and black dress shoes. It really get s on me when I see people in slacks and tennis shoes...

post #13 of 75
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I'm a guy so there will be no cleavage showing, or tight clothes...lol.

 

Had to giggle a little at your response. :)

 

Good luck!

 

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post #14 of 75

Just like everyone else has said, dress professional - slacks and a button down shirt (ironed) with flats or a slight heel will be just fine. Nothing you would go out with your friend's wearing. If they do have you decorate a cake, they will most likely offer you an apron. just make sure you are comfortable and confident like someone else mentioned, know your strengths and weaknesses.  They will ask and make sure you can list at least two weaknesses and then follow up with what you do to counter-act them so to say, for example I am a terrible speller and I hate to file (I work for a court - lots of typing and lots of filing) I said something to the extent of I know I am not a great speller but I keep a dictionary in my desk (I really do) and since I do not enjoy filing, I schedule a block of time each day to get all of my filing done so that my desk is cleared off by the end of the day.  Finally, I always call later that day (if the interview is in the morning) or the next day with a phone call thanking them for their time and that I look forward to hearing from them.

 

GOOD LUCK!

post #15 of 75

hehe, if you show up with cleavage and slight heel, please take a pic for us :)

I agree with all the others, nothing to gain but experience, and you sound like you have the interview well planned out, good luck!

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