If you previously worked at Walmart, you may be eligible to be rehired. If you left on good terms, you are more likely to be rehired, but Walmart does rehire employees who were terminated for various reasons. However, if you were fired for committing a crime, you are better off applying elsewhere. Here’s what you need to know about getting rehired at Walmart.

The Process to Get Rehired at Walmart

Walmart’s website provides answers to frequently asked questions about its job application process, but it doesn’t publicize information on its rehire policy. We interviewed many current and former employees and managers on their rehire experiences and detailed our findings below. You can also speak with your former Walmart manager and ask about the store’s official rehire policy.

If You Left on Good Terms

If you were an employee in good standing when you left your job at Walmart, you are more likely to be rehired, a Walmart store manager said. Reasons you might have left on good terms include:

  • Your store had layoffs and/or your hours were cut back
  • You took time off for a family emergency or left to take care of your child/children
  • You had a medical emergency
  • You were hired for a temporary (seasonal) position that ended

If you left on good terms, you’ll likely need to wait 90 days, or three months, from your last day before you’re eligible to reapply. To apply to be rehired, start by filling out an online application. If your application is accepted, you’ll be interviewed by a store manager. In most cases, you’ll need to complete a background check and drug test.

Even if you left on good terms, Walmart isn’t required to rehire you. The store may not need additional employees and/or a manager may be hesitant to hire someone who previously left. If you aren’t rehired at the store you previously worked at, you can apply to another location.

If You Were Terminated

You may be eligible to be rehired even if you were previously terminated from Walmart. You can often reapply for the job you had or a position you feel better qualified for. You may be eligible to reapply if you were terminated for:

  • Frequently being late or missing shifts
  • Not calling before missing a shift
  • Not being able to do the job you were hired for

When you were terminated, a store manager conducted an exit interview to explain why you were being fired. During this interview, the manager should have told you whether or not you could reapply and how long you would have to wait before you would be eligible to be rehired.

An exit interview is a good time to explain any circumstances outside your control that contributed to your termination. For example, you may have been late to work because your car broke down or had to miss a shift to stay home with a sick child. If your manager understands what happened, he or she may be more likely to rehire you in the future.

To be rehired at Walmart after you were terminated, you’ll need to wait at least six months to reapply, though some stores prefer that former employees wait a year. You can increase your chances of being rehired if you spend time at another job and can show that you have been working on whatever problems led to your termination. To reapply, start by filling out an online application. If your application is accepted, you’ll be interviewed by a store manager. In most cases, you’ll need to complete a background check and drug test.

When Walmart Won’t Rehire You

Walmart will not rehire employees who were terminated for committing crimes or misdemeanors. You won’t be rehired if you were fired for:

  • Stealing from the store
  • Committing any type of fraud
  • Harassing customers and/or other employees
  • Sexually harassing and/or assaulting customers or other employees
  • Making a violent scene at work

If you apply to be rehired at Walmart after being fired for one of these reasons, you run the risk of facing charges. In cases of petty theft, such as stealing food, the statute of limitations in most states allows Walmart to press charges up to one year after the incident. The statute of limitations for more serious crimes is even longer. If you were fired for a crime or misdemeanor, you are better off applying for a job somewhere else.

Walmart’s hiring policies also state that they won’t rehire employees that fail any portion of the application process, including the interview, background check, or drug test. This is true even for employees that left on good terms.

How to Find Out If You Can Be Rehired

Walmart keeps records of all former employees and will be able to tell you if you’re “rehire eligible.” To find out, contact the company through Walmart One, the website for Walmart employees, and ask if you are on the rehire list. You can also call Walmart One by dialing (800) 421-1362.

In Summary

In most cases, you can apply to be rehired at Walmart if you complete an online application and pass an interview, background check, and drug test. If you were an employee in good standing when you left, you can apply 90 days after you left. If you were fired, you will need to wait six months to a year before you reapply, depending on the store. If you were fired for a crime or misdemeanor, you won’t be rehired at Walmart, and you may risk criminal charges by applying. To find out if you are eligible to be rehired, contact Walmart One online or by calling (800) 421-1362.