I’ve just completed the personality questionnaire, which you are required to do if you’re successful at the telephone interview stage.
I can’t provide a detailed account as to what it is looking for (in this test), as I literally just completed it and have not received any feedback from Sainsbury’s yet. When I do, I’ll return on here and post.
Up until this point in the recruitment process however, I’m going to provide some general advice for the application process. (I’m going to skip the Situational Judgement Test etc.; these are down to personality and I think it would be quite silly to presume I could shed any light on the competencies they require)
Firstly-The Online Application
You really need to draw out the skills you’ve learnt from the activities you taken part in. Don’t just say what the situation you worked in was, talk about what you did, how you helped and I think-very importantly-the skills you developed/strengthened/maintained through this activity. They are basing their first judgement of character on this, so you have to make a good impression!
Past this competency section, you need to identify why you want to work for Sainsbury’s. Don’t just bore them, and ramble on with things that your grandma that shops in Sainsbury’s could speak about! Really focus on what it is about Sainsbury’s/The Leaders Programme that really makes YOU want to be a part of it. If you have to lie about the reasons, or you can’t think of any, I always think that the company-if you gained employment-isn’t for you anyway. So research them and know why you want to work there!
Second Stage-The Online Tests
These are SHL numerical and verbal reasoning tests. A good resource for the numerical tests is here ‘http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/tests/mathstest2.htm’. Don’t look at the questions in despair, really try and figure out what they’re trying to ask you. It will only ever feature one-or two at most-calculations, I think the main thing that is tested is how you manipulate relevant data presented to you alongside irrelevant data, to reach a desired result.
Verbal tests are quite straightforward! Just follow the passage, and don’t infer anything!!
Third Stage-The Telephone Interview
Prepare, prepare, prepare! I’m going to go into the least detail here, but give the best advice I think I can. Simply know yourself, Sainsbury’s, their competitors/market, future trends, why you want to work for them, work in retail and the scheme (amongst anything else you can think of) inside out! Examples of relevant experience prove so key to passing these competency interviews! I didn’t used to prepare adequately; I never used to succeed. Now through good prep, I’m faring a lot better!
This is just my personal experience and advice I feel-well hope-will be helpful to you!