Costco Australia is blasted for the ‘inappropriate’ cashier job applicant questions


Costco is blasted over ‘wildly inappropriate’ job applicant questions for potential Aussie employees that took ’21 YEARS to develop’

  • Costco Australia has been slammed online regarding a job questionnaire 
  • The applicant claims she had to agree or disagree with ‘bizarre’ statements 
  • Some included ‘I often eat too much’ and ‘I often forget my own name’
  • It also asked applicants how much they weighed and about mental health 

Costco Australia has come under fire after a job applicant revealed the ‘bizarre’ employee application questionnaire she received.

Sharing the questions on Facebook, the person who was applying for a Front End Cashier role at the Costco Ringwood store described the questions as ‘intrusive’ and ‘confronting’.

The Suremploy assessment, which took ’21 years to develop’, required applicants to answer whether they disagree or agree with the statements, such as ‘I often eat too much’, ‘I like hot spicy food’  and ‘I often forget my own name’.

Sharing the questions on Facebook, the person who was applying for Front End Cashier role at the Costco Ringwood store a described the questions as 'intrusive' and 'confronting'

Sharing the questions on Facebook, the person who was applying for Front End Cashier role at the Costco Ringwood store a described the questions as ‘intrusive’ and ‘confronting’

Costco Australia declined providing a comment to FEMAIL

Costco Australia declined providing a comment to FEMAIL

The questionnaire asked applicants to answer whether they disagree or agree with the statements, such as 'I often eat too much', 'I like hot spicy food' and 'I often forget my own name'

The questionnaire asked applicants to answer whether they disagree or agree with the statements, such as ‘I often eat too much’, ‘I like hot spicy food’ and ‘I often forget my own name’

It appears applicants were also asked whether they have a range of mental health issues or disorders.  

A Suremploy spokesperson defended the questions and told 7NEWS.com.au: ‘Our psychometric tool is designed to save lives and improve mental function for workers.’

‘And while we understand that in and of themselves the individual questions can seem a little strange, the tool is based on cutting edge science and has been independently verified as one of the most reliable in the world.’

Another question also asked applicants to disclose how much they weigh in kilograms. 

One question also asked applicants to disclose how much they weigh in kilograms. On Facebook, other customers were just as shocked as the applicant

One question also asked applicants to disclose how much they weigh in kilograms. On Facebook, other customers were just as shocked as the applicant

Online the confused applicant said she reached out to Costco to discuss the odd request. 

‘I was wondering what the purpose of these pre-employment questions are and what benefit I get from answering them?’ she wrote on Facebook. 

‘Safe to say I will not be accepting a job offer here.’

On Facebook, other customers were just as shocked as the applicant. 

‘This has gotta be some sorta alien masquerading as a human manager attempting to learn more about humans,’ one person wrote.

‘That literally makes more sense than this being real.’

Another person said the questions are ‘common’ in the US.

Costco Australia declined to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia. 

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