Interviewing at Paychex
When you interview at Paychex, we want to see you at your best. Learn about our hiring processes to become well-prepared, and you'll be able to present your skills more effectively and gain a vital competitive edge during your interview.
What to Expect
Job Application – You must complete a detailed employment application even if you provide a resume and reference information. An application may be sent to you for completion prior to your interview, or you may be asked to complete one onsite.
Multiple Interviews – Interviewing at Paychex is a thorough process. It is common for our candidates to have multiple interviews with one or more people. Depending on the department, interviews can be conducted in groups or one-on-one.
Behavioral-Based Questions – In addition to asking questions about your work experience and skills listed on your resume, you'll be asked behavioral-based questions. Examples include:
- Describe a situation when you saw room for improvement in a task you were required to complete. What did you do? Did you present your idea?
- In your most recent position, give an example of the steps you took to respond to a specific customer complaint. How did the customer react? Was the customer satisfied?
Pre-Employment Tests – Paychex administers a timed arithmetic-reasoning test to all candidates. This test includes equations, word problems, and sequential thinking exercises. It is just one piece of information used in our selection process. Depending on the position you are applying for, Paychex may administer additional testing to evaluate your job skills.
Practice for this test with our math tutorial*.
Background Checks, Drug Testing, and Reference Checks – Paychex maintains a safe working environment for all of our employees, and hires people who support this effort. All candidates who are offered a position with Paychex are subject to pre-employment reference checks, drug testing, and background checks.
Realistic Job Preview Program (available for certain positions) – Job preview programs allow applicants to gather more information about the position they are applying for by shadowing people in similar roles. This first-hand observation provides you with an opportunity to ask employees questions to gain a better understanding of whether the job fits the applicant's career path or interest.
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