Order Selector Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does an Order Selector Do?

An order selector is typically employed in a warehouse or stockroom where they fill customer orders by selecting and packaging products. They must have a strong sense of accuracy and detail as they ensure that orders are properly packaged for shipping, contain the selected product and the selected amount, and are shipped safely to their destination. An order selector should be physically fit and able to find and lift heavy loads in filling orders in a timely manner. They must be organized, able to operate various warehouse equipment and machinery, and have excellent knowledge of the warehouse or storage facility to move items to the correct loading docks.

Order selectors must be safety conscious and adhere to warehouse safety procedures when operating equipment. They need to be able to manage inventory and ensure that stock levels don’t fall below demand. Good computer skills, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal abilities and also needed. Customer service should be at the forefront as order selectors need to make sure the customer gets what they requested when they need it. 

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National Average Salary

Order selector salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.

The average U.S. salary for an Order Selector is:

$30,000

Order Selector Job Descriptions

Example 1

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages pick ticket orders
  • Pulls warehouse items from the shelves based on the number, size, color, quantity, and quality requirements
  • Ensures that orders are accurate
  • Stages items correctly for delivery
  • Operates walkie jack equipment and ensures safety regulations are followed
  • Ensures warehouse goals are met
  • Maintains a high level of health and safety standards
  • Shrink wraps products to pallets
  • Loads delivery vehicles
  • Packs warehouse orders as necessary
  • Works in varying temperature from -30F – 95F
  • Operates scanners so that the proper order is picked, and inventory is managed accurately
  • Cleans aisles of warehouse and dock
  • Performs other general warehouse duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Previous Experience Working in a Warehouse Preferred
  • Experience Working with an RF Scanner Preferred
  • Keen Attention to Detail
  • Ability to Lift Heavy Objects
  • Ability to Stay on Feet for Long Periods of Time, Positive Attitude, Self-Motivated, Active, etc.
  • Safety Conscious: Ability to Work in a Fast-Paced, Busy Environment
  • Ability to Work in a Chilled Area (For Refrigerated Warehouses)
  • Good Communication Skills: Ability to Work Well on a Team but Be Self-Motivated and Independent at times

Example 2

Job requirements and basic qualifications

  • Use voice-based order system to pull and palletize store orders
  • Manually stacking product onto pallets, wrapping, and preparing product for shipment
  • Respect all Good Organics compliances when stacking product
  • Operating an electric/motorized ride on standing pallet jack (either single or double)
  • Assist in cleaning the warehouse, maintaining a safe working environment
  • Comply with all applicable health and safety codes
  • Communicate and maintain employee safety and security standards
  • Arrive to work on time, wear appropriate PPE, work all scheduled shifts, complete required trainings, and attend required meetings.
  • Ability to read and speak basic English
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Team Leader, Associate Team Leader, Facility Leadership

Skills, requirements, and professional knowledge

  • Experience working with an electric/motorized ride on standing pallet jack (either single or double)
  • Experience with voice systems a plus
  • Team-player with positive attitude
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Able to work well with others, self-motivated, and capable of working independently with little supervision

Working conditions and physical requirements

  • Ability to stand or walk at least 10 hours, and be able to frequently push, pull, squat, bend, and reach with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs., and occasionally lift up to 70 lbs. (team lift suggested for weights in excess of 70 lbs)
  • Work in a cold/wet storage facility environment (ranging from -10 (freezer) to 46 degrees Fahrenheit). General warehouse temps 34-46 degrees, Freezer -10 degrees
  • Regularly getting on and off powered equipment, stepping on and off throughout shift
  • Hand use: single grasping, fine manipulation, pushing and pulling
  • Ability to use tools and equipment, including box cutters, electric pallet jacks, headset

Example 3

The Order Selector uses a pallet-jack to manually select cases of grocery products from the bin location, palletizing, and shrink wrapping the merchandise and delivering it to a staging area without damage. Product selection is guided by instructions from inventory selection software through hands-free headset.

Responsibilities

  • Pick product from bin locations by following instructions through hands-free headsets and speaking into headset to confirm location, wrap product with shrink-wrap following established procedures, and deliver to staging area.
  • Efficiently operate a battery-powered pallet-jack
  • Build and transport a stable pallet of various food products up to seven feet high
  • Order Selector must meet established minimum productivity standards cases per hour working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ensure product integrity and the cold chain is maintained throughout the selection process
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment. May participate on company safety committee
  • May participate in panel interviewing process, but does not have authority to make hiring decisions
  • Adhere to company policies, standards and best practices, including safety and attendance standards
  • Other duties as assigned by management (or designee)

About you

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Successful Completion of Powered Industrial Truck Operators Training (PITOT) certification required
  • Six to twelve months experience safely operating industrial equipment and/or order selecting preferred
  • Strong detail orientation is required
  • Must be able to read, write and speak in English. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, interpersonal skills. Language proficiency in Spanish or other languages are a plus in certain locations
  • Proficiency in basic math skills required, including accurate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and basic computer skills
  • Teamwork, self-motivated, problem-solving, and initiative to support the needs of a fast-paced environment
  • Must be dependable and flexible, including a willingness to work in other areas of the warehouse, as needed with little or no advance notice, and willingness to work shifts on varying days of the week, including holidays and weekends

Physical requirements

  • Must be able to bend, twist, kneel, squat, turn, reach, pull, push, balance, and lift objects up to 85 pounds, in a fast-paced environment for extended period of time
  • Must be able to transport various objects weighing 20-85 lbs. repeatedly throughout the shift
  • Must have the ability to stand, walk and move about for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to stand and balance throughout the shift while operating industrial equipment
  • Required to pass physical capacity test at 100%.
  • Regularly works in warehouse environment with heat and cold, including freezers, coolers and refrigerators in temperatures as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit

How to Hire an Order Selector

When hiring an order selector, first consider the following:

  • Recruiting: Do you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to attract and screen candidates?
  • Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid or junior-level skills and experience suffice?
  • Duration: Is this a one-time project or an ongoing need?
  • Management: Do you have the time and expertise to direct the work effectively?
  • Urgency: How soon does the work need to be completed?
  • Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?

Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. These are our recommendations:

1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)

The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.

This is the best route to take when:

  • You need to fill the position quickly
  • You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
  • Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
  • You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff. 
  • You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
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2. Advertise your opening on a top job board

Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice. 

We recommend using a job board when:

  • Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
  • You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort 
  • You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
  • You are prepared to respond to all applicants

There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for an order selector opening:

CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process. 

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3. Leverage your internal resources

You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates. 

A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.

We recommend these options when:

  • Your brand has great name recognition
  • You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
  • You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
  • You have an effective employee referral program in place

If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.

Sample Interview Questions

  • What qualities should every order selector have?
  • What experience do you have in this industry? 
  • Do you have a forklift license?
  • What are the most important things to remember when you’re operating a forklift?
  • How do you manage fulfilling multiple orders while ensuring accuracy?
  • How do you organize items to be more accessible?
  • What do you believe will be the hardest challenge to overcome while being an order selector?
  • What approach do you use to ensure accuracy while fulfilling orders?
  • Describe your ideal workday at the warehouse.
  • What qualities do you have that would make you an ideal order selector?
  • What programs and software are you comfortable using?
  • What motivates you when you’re doing repetitive work throughout the day?
  • This job can be extremely physically demanding. Do you believe you can do it?
  • Tell me about a time you saw a coworker violate a safety standard.  What did you do about it?
  • Are you willing to work on weekends and at night?
  • Are you okay standing for long periods of time?

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