I have an interview at Lidl next week (for the Ditrict Manager Programme), which was preceded by a number of rather strange events. Sorry, if my post will be long, but I think it’s necessary to describe it in detail so that someone of you guys can actually help me.
I applied with Lidl at the beginning of May and 2 days later I received a letter stating that they would love to meet me, but they haven’t finalised dates so they would keep in touch. For the following 6 weeks or so I have been calling and emailing them to find out whether there has been any progress. Usually I would either be forwarded to someone who didn’t have a clue or be told that the responsible person is on holidays. Mid of June I wrote another email asking what is happening and finally received a reply saying that there are no interview in the near future and that I should try and re-apply from September onwards. Surprisingly, less than a week later, I received a letter in which I am invited for an interview and presentation. The interview will be with one of the Senior Managers and with the presentation, the whole process should take about 3 hours. I called to confirm my attendance and asked what kind of presentation that is and whether I have to prepare something to present etc. I was told that members from the senior management team will hold a presentation on the company.
Now to my questions:
The usual recruitment process at Lidl seemed to always have a group interview first and then a final personal interview. What do you guys think about the fact that I have been invited directly to a personal interview? Should I take that as something positive? Did anyone else make the same experience?
Assuming that the whole thing will take 3 hours, what kind of questions should I expect (apart from the obvious ones about me, my CV and why I want to work with them)?
I would highly appreciate any comments on my experience and my questions. Many thanks in advance guys!