It is no longer a wise move to just take a shot in the dark and submit an application online. Think about it. Anybody can fill out a job application for any company and press the send button. However, very few people know how to, or even try to take the time to do the little necessary things that could mean all the difference in the world when they're trying to get hired through a Home Depot job application.
Now, for this shortcut to work, you're going to need to do three things; make a connection, prepare for the interview, and follow up the proper way.
Before you even think about going on the official Home Depot careers website, you need to target one of their stores in your area and visit the managerial staff in person. Your goal is to make a personal connection with somebody who is in a position to help you get hired. You don't have to go overboard in how you dress but you should look neat in appearance and you should be wearing appropriate clothing as if you're looking for a job. This means you can't show up in jeans and a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, or with 10 flashy earrings strung across your earlobes.
Introduce yourself politely to the first person you meet. This might be an associate or a supervisor. Treat everybody with the utmost respect in your attempt to meet someone who is in a supervisory position whether it's a sales associate, the store manager, assistant manager, or someone in human resources. Always keep in mind how important first impressions are. The first person you are meeting may turn out to be the supervisor who looks like an average entry-level associate.
Anyway, ask to speak to a supervisor and when you meet the person in charge, strike up a short but powerful conversation while explaining how excited you are about an opportunity to work for Home Depot and how you will be submitting your job application very soon.
Give the supervisor you have just spoken to your business card with your name, phone number, and email address. You would be surprised at how many times store managers are in a bind because one of their employees quits and leaves abruptly and they have to fill the position as quickly as possible. The store managers generally do have a say-so in who gets hired. Now you tell me; who do you think has the best chance of getting hired? The person who just met the store supervisor and showed what a great personality he or she had or the person who coldly turned in an application online? The choice is obvious. Don't be surprised if that supervisor calls you out of the blue and says,"Hey, did you turn in your application because I have an open position?" This is how you make a connection if you don't have one to begin with. If you know somebody associated with the store, your chances of getting hired go up. If you don't know anyone at Home Depot, you can still make a connection using the method you just read above.
The next thing you need to do is to prepare for the interview. This is oftentimes where people lose their chance to become an employee at any company. It is said that some people interview well and some don't. I think that's a bunch of hogwash. The people who constantly interview well do so because they know the basics of conducting themselves properly during interview. In other words, they are practiced in the art of the interview.
Here's how you can do it; enlist the help of a family member or friend to help you practice your interview skills. Your friend or family member can ask you a series of questions, over and over, until your responses become smoother. Interviewers want to see people who are sure of themselves but not overbearing and people who show great interpersonal skills. They want people who have the potential to provide great customer service at the drop of a hat without having to work too hard at it. This means they are looking for intelligent, caring people who can naturally go out of their way to not only help a customer, but to prove to the customer that they know what they're talking about. Don't worry too much about knowing your way around the Home Depot store; all of that knowledge is provided during training and with experience. It's more important to have problem solving skills and great tools or potential to provide customer service than to know how to build a shed at this point.
The biggest shortcut to success with a Home Depot job application has to do with following up. This is a mystery for most people because generally, many retail stores either call you within 1 to 2 weeks for a follow up interview or they simply don't. So what should you do if they don't call you back for an interview? Well, the first thing you should do is to visit the store that you have targeted and inquire about the status of your job application at Home Depot. If you simply call them on the telephone,you're not going to get the attention you deserve or need. Important people don't have the time to attend to the needs of every single job applicant. This means you have to make your own luck. You can't just sit at home waiting for something to fall in your lap when you can go out there, pound the pavement, and get the job you're looking for. If you're going to get a job at Home Depot, you're going to have to be somewhat aggressive without being too overbearing or a pain in the rear to anybody. The general timetable for following up in person if they haven't called you back for an interview is 10 working days. If after that time you haven't received a call, you need to take action.
I hope these tips help you out like they have helped so many others. This information is not generally known to the public but for insiders who have had success with a Home Depot job application, it is a well-known fact that if you put these three things together,you will up your chances of getting hired, drastically.