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    MrTomato
    Interview at Sainsburys (and working there in general)
    • #1
    • 13th Jan 10, 8:51 PM
    Interview at Sainsburys (and working there in general) 13th Jan 10 at 8:51 PM
    Hi

    I've an interview soon for Sainsburys working on the tills. Does anyone work here/been interviewed. I'd be grateful if you could share your experiences with me...good and bad.

    I've only had one job before applying to this one, so I have little experience of interviews considering my first interview was basically "tell me when you're available to work" so all information is welcome.

    Thank you
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    • elsietanner71
    • By elsietanner71 13th Jan 10, 8:54 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 8:54 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 8:54 PM
    I find this website useful: http://www.jobsite.co.uk/bemyinterviewer/

    Good luck!
  • Apolonation
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:04 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:04 PM
    You got an interview so they liked your application. Think back to what you wrote on your application and think of some questions they might ask. Most important thing is to just be yourself. Well done on getting the interview - just be confident now and you'll get the job.

    Good luck! =)
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  • MrTomato
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:15 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:15 PM
    Also, just to add, if anyone does have experience of working there; do you know if its possible to transfer between stores?

    I'll ask at my interview but I wouldn't mind knowing now. Just for when I go to uni in October, or if I take a gap year.
  • Fivefootsix
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:55 PM
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    • 13th Jan 10, 9:55 PM
    Also, just to add, if anyone does have experience of working there; do you know if its possible to transfer between stores?

    I'll ask at my interview but I wouldn't mind knowing now. Just for when I go to uni in October, or if I take a gap year.
    Originally posted by MrTomato
    I've never worked for the company but know quite a few people who have. Supermarkets and retail in general tend to be quite easy to transfer store to store in holiday and term time due to students moving away/coming back etc so I wouldn't worry too much.

    I'm not sure whether you should mention it at the interview though as they may not give you the position if they think you will be on the move soon. Obviously if they ask, tell them but if not, I wouldn't mention it.

    Good luck in your interview, just talk about customer service lots and you will be fine!
  • jaffacakes82
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    • 14th Jan 10, 1:33 AM
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    • 14th Jan 10, 1:33 AM
    Hi MrTomato, I've worked for M&S, the interview wasn't at all like a standard interview you would expect. Questions were like 'Tell me of a time when you've had to work as a team to achieve a deadline?' or 'Tell me of a time when you haven't got on with someone you were working with and how did you resolve it?' The answers can be taken from a previous job, or College/Uni... I remember I just made my answers up!

    I'm not sure if Sainsburys' interview style is the same, but try not to let it worry you (they're never really all that hard).

    From what I remember about transfers (I think it's the same for most stores), you can transfer to another store if there's a vacancy in that store, but they take into account your HR record and sickness record. Another store wouldn't want to gain a member of staff with bad performance and/or sick record.

    GOOD LUCK!
    • narabanekeater
    • By narabanekeater 14th Jan 10, 8:03 AM
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    • 14th Jan 10, 8:03 AM
    Im an x duty manager for Sainsbury's
    It should be easy to transfer from store to store
    The interview will be on a one to one basis and the queations are general ones that you'd expects why do you want the job etc?
    They may ask your uniform size so they can order you one and they will go through the hours you can work and any training you will need
    They have group traning days for you to attend
    I would give yourself an hour for the interview.
    Try and be very customer service focused in your interview. If they ask what you'd do if a customer asks where they can find something in store, tell them you'd take the customer to the item and show it them on the shelf then ask if you could be of any more help to the customer?
    Its one I always asked my candidates. Smile and be yourself!
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    • Sequeena
    • By Sequeena 14th Jan 10, 8:11 AM
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    • 14th Jan 10, 8:11 AM
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    • 14th Jan 10, 8:11 AM
    I worked for Morrisons, not Sainsbury's but still retail. From what I remember the interview was quite relaxed. I was expecting to answer a lot of questions but I had the general questions about school, have you worked in retail before etc. They just want to get to know you really. Mention things about the customer is right etc you like working as part of a team and by yourself, how you can contribute etc.

    I found they were more focussed on personal appearance more than anything tbh. It was my first ever interview and made a lot of mistakes but they still hired me. Good luck
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    • 5th Feb 10, 8:48 PM
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    • 5th Feb 10, 8:48 PM
    I'm bumping this thread to ask:

    Has anyone had an induction at Sainsbury's. Mine is soon, and I'm wondering what it'll involve.
    • Sequeena
    • By Sequeena 5th Feb 10, 8:52 PM
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    Sequeena
    Induction usually involves a group of you sitting in a training room watching videos, filling out forms/booklets etc. Having a tour of the shop, giving your dress size to personnel so you can have your uniform and I think that's about it. Mine lasted for 9 hours but I was paid for it
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  • julie1075
    It's a two day course now I think. It's very relaxed, covers all health and safety, tour of store etc, everything you need to know before you start really. You generally get your uniform on day 2 and your shifts as well, sometimes your manager will come and say hi if they are in. There is a lot of background on the company too but you're not expected to remember it all! After these 2 days you then will go and start training on your dept. Good luck!
  • MrTomato
    Will there be anything to be assessed on? Tests about whatver? Group actvities? Or anything else?

    And thanks so far.
  • julie1075
    They try to make it as fun and informal as possible, no tests, just a lot of company policies and things like that. There may be a few of you all on different depts probably so it ill just be general stuff. You sould make some pals and have a good laugh.
  • julie1075
    Oh there was one task I remember, we were in groups and had to go find things in the store - just to familiarise yourself with things customers ask for. But if u shop there it's easy! and it's not marked it's just so you know the layout etc
  • eve_1979
    try this site for interview tips.
    http://www.businessballs.com/curriculum.htm#progressive-employers-jobs

    also when i first started at Sainsuburys (over 12 years ago) we had group training and they had a training till that everyone practised on....then we were let loose with a trained member of staff helping. But it may have changed since then.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 5th Feb 10, 9:10 PM
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    DCFC79
    Is there any news MrTomato,
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 5th Feb 10, 9:12 PM
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    DCFC79
    try this site for interview tips.
    http://www.businessballs.com/curriculum.htm#progressive-employers-jobs

    also when i first started at Sainsuburys (over 12 years ago) we had group training and they had a training till that everyone practised on....then we were let loose with a trained member of staff helping. But it may have changed since then.
    Originally posted by eve_1979
    yes i think its changed or 6 years ago there was no dummy till we were told to watch someone else do it for while and then try it ourselves with that same person stood behind us
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  • nsimpson123
    Hi, it's a two day induction at Sainsbury's with a short test at the end, nothing to worry to much about as long as you take in what your told about over the two days, you will then need another days training on the checkouts,you will be paid for all of the training days. I am a store trainer at Sainsburys - Good Luck
  • MrTomato
    Is there any news MrTomato,
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    just the induction's first day in the morning
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 7th Feb 10, 2:32 PM
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    DCFC79
    just the induction's first day in the morning
    Originally posted by MrTomato
    well good luck
    Je Suis Charlie
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