How to get a job at Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola consistently lands on lists of the most well-respected, innovative brands in the world and is headquartered in Atlanta. If you'd like to work for this company, you'll be a part of one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands.

One of the world's top 10 private employers, Coca-Cola employs about 130,000 people around the world, including many in Atlanta. The company has employees who perform a wide variety of jobs and includes information technology workers, truck drivers, accountants, sales managers, pilots and graphic artists.

If you'd like to join the ranks of Coca-Cola's employees, here's what you need to know:

What type of jobs does Coca-Cola offer?

Coca-Cola employees have a variety of supply chain and corporate business functions. There are openings in the administrative, human resources, information technology, legal, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and maintenance departments.

What is Coca-Cola looking for?

Coca-Cola's website lists these behaviors that reinforce the brand's values:

  • Leadership
  • Passion
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Quality
  • Diversity

How do you apply for a job at Coca-Cola?

Search for open positions on the company's website, and read the requirements associated with each one that you're interested in. Coke then suggests that you analyze your strengths and style to determine if you think you'd be a good match for a particular position. Then, consider the company's mission and values, and decide if you'd like to work for Coke, and if so, why.

If you don't see any jobs for which you're qualified, you can sign up to receive e-mail alerts when the type of job you'd like is available.

When you're ready to apply, you can do so online. You'll need to register and upload or enter your resume. Coca-Cola recommends that your resume be no more than one page that includes the following information:

  • A brief description of what areas you're interested in and what you have to offer, including your experience and strengths
  • Background information that includes your education, work experience (including accomplishments) and strengths or skills.

How can you prepare for an interview?

Respondents at Glassdoor have ranked Coca-Cola's interview process as a 2.8 in difficulty, which puts it in the average range. The majority – 68 percent – described their interview experience as positive, 21 percent categorized it as neutral and only 9 percent classified their interview as negative. Most were interviewed after applying online, and 12 percent were referred by a Coca-Cola employee, so if you know someone who already works there, ask if they can give you a referral.

Sample questions that job applicants cited include:

  • "What would you do if you were asked to solve something on your own but running into a wall?" – for a financial analyst position.
  • "Describe a situation when you've had to deal with a downed piece of machinery that was vital to production." – for a maintenance mechanic position.

Coca-Cola uses the STAR interview process, so you'll need to understand what the position you're seeking requires, and be prepared to share some specific experiences you've had that are relevant to what's required. Also be prepared to ask any questions you may have that are relevant to the job and company.