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Yes. Like most charitable organizations, Habitat for Humanity will most likely require a criminal record check as part of the hiring process.


Store hours: 9am to 6pm (Mon to Fri), 9am to 5pm (Sat), 11am to 4pm (Sun). The hours for each store differ. Employee work hours also vary. (15 to 25 hrs/week for part-time & 35 to 42 hrs/week full-time)
Work days can be very long when you have to be standing most of the time.


Prospective job candidates should dress nice and neat, but not too fancy. Many ReStores operate out of older warehouse buildings, so employees and volunteers will most likely wear jeans, safety shoes/boots and a company shirt. Unless you are applying for an office job, you probably shouldn't dress overly 'professional' for an interview... but at least try to appear presentable.


The length of the hiring process depends upon the Habitat affiliate, the position available, and the person doing the hiring. You may be asked to come in for more than one meeting or interview. Hiring could take 1 week, and up to 2 weeks. Some candidates may be hired on the spot if the position needs to be filled. Typical interview questions: "Why do you want to work for Habitat? How did you hear about us? Have you ever dealt with Habitat for Humanity before, and in what way? How would you deal with challenges in the workplace? Give examples of customer service/ dispute resolution in your previous jobs..." etc.


Applied for a position, but was not initially hired. A few months later, the ReStore manager called and asked if I was still interested in coming in for an interview. I went for a brief 30 minute talk, and was hired on the spot. Basic interview questions asked. Process could take longer depending on the situation.


Many reasons. Finding opportunities with other work might be one motivational factor. Working conditions might also be another. The attitude from management and from co-workers would determine the suitability of the working environment. Conflict and treatment from customers (and donors) would also provide impetus in considering whether to stay or go.


Advertised as being positive and welcoming. Not really the case in C.A.M.B.R.I.D.G.E., Ont.

Management ignores real problems, allowing troublemakers to linger. Many former volunteers and some employees will agree.

Manager is very cold, and uses inappropriate glaring and body language. Also reportedly brags a lot about vacation time. Demeaning to certain people.

Will also use the “I’m the boss” routine, including intimidation, many times per week to get what is desirable.

Manager is goal-oriented, meaning nothing else matters but the final product. Does not care about the ‘process’, or time-constraint for reliable people, just that it gets done.

Manger thinks volunteers are treated too well, because they are given water and snacks, or are given too many ‘free’ things.

Manager often makes snide remarks about certain customers and others. If someone challenges manager or presents a constructive argument, the response is, “Well, I’m the boss,” or even, “that person probably has severe mental health problems.” Sounds like a severe case of megalomania here.

Often prejudiced against family recipients of charitable program because of ‘origin’. Not very reassuring or professional in this regard.

Very biased and narrow in terms of employment standards. Manager is highly critical of one’s name, ‘origin’ / background, education, or gender when considering hiring prospective employees. Will often hire family members of other employees instead of reliable people.

Treats people like they are either babies or stupid.

Manager uses company resources for personal use. Dinner, theater, air travel, and vacation information are forwarded to work e-mail. Company printer is also used for personal printing.

Manager sometimes randomly takes days off for vacation. Will often plan 4-day long weekends, all the while telling workers it is initially for ‘important’ reasons.


Nothing really,very easy place to work at


Proper work shirts. "Restore Logo"


Great place to gain experience- super friendly and helpful staff that are always willing to show you how to do things


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