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    Im currently resitting one module in my second year of university on due to go back next year for my 3rd year so have been looking for a job for this year for months. Due to start in a call centre for a bank in the new year and got offered a job in asda the other week.

    Had an induction day which just involved signing a load of forms then did 4 hours of checkout training a day or two later. I have been put in the george section and when I looked at that section I didnt see one male. I was told the manager was unable to speak to me that day and to ring up the day later to find out my hours as I still haven't been shown round that section. The manager rang up on the friday asking me to work the saturday (which is the only day I marked out I couldnt work which they said wouldnt be a problem) so I said could I work sunday and she said there was no shifts till the following saturday a 12-8. I accepted that as its one of the only saturdays I am able to work however Im still very worried about the lack of hours/communication in the place. I need plenty of money for christmas and was told I would have to work at least 10 hours a week but obviously I need more, however this is only 8 hours a week. Is this normal? Is the lack of communication from my department normal?

    Goign to have to look for another christmas job aswell as this will not do.
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    (Original post by street_end)
    Im currently resitting one module in my second year of university on due to go back next year for my 3rd year so have been looking for a job for this year for months. Due to start in a call centre for a bank in the new year and got offered a job in asda the other week.

    Had an induction day which just involved signing a load of forms then did 4 hours of checkout training a day or two later. I have been put in the george section and when I looked at that section I didnt see one male. I was told the manager was unable to speak to me that day and to ring up the day later to find out my hours as I still haven't been shown round that section. The manager rang up on the friday asking me to work the saturday (which is the only day I marked out I couldnt work which they said wouldnt be a problem) so I said could I work sunday and she said there was no shifts till the following saturday a 12-8. I accepted that as its one of the only saturdays I am able to work however Im still very worried about the lack of hours/communication in the place. I need plenty of money for christmas and was told I would have to work at least 10 hours a week but obviously I need more, however this is only 8 hours a week. Is this normal? Is the lack of communication from my department normal?

    Goign to have to look for another christmas job aswell as this will not do.
    Which store is this? The one I work at is nothing like this, will ring me if theres a problem, offer me shifts whenever I'm in. Less actual training that you got but I'm not in a checkout role and am never likely to be, so everything I learn is whilst working properly.

    Them asking you to work the only day you marked as being unable seems a little odd, is it a busy store? As from the sound of it they have more staff than they really need already

    8hrs a week?! I worked 9pm last night til 6am this morning so more hours in one night than you get a week lol
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    (Original post by DoktaUH)
    Which store is this? The one I work at is nothing like this, will ring me if theres a problem, offer me shifts whenever I'm in. Less actual training that you got but I'm not in a checkout role and am never likely to be, so everything I learn is whilst working properly.

    Them asking you to work the only day you marked as being unable seems a little odd, is it a busy store? As from the sound of it they have more staff than they really need already

    8hrs a week?! I worked 9pm last night til 6am this morning so more hours in one night than you get a week lol
    Huyton in Liverpool. i dont know why I was put on george as the only male and havent seen any men when walking through the shop on that section but im not that bothered about it. I got about an hour training on the checkouts then worked for 3 hours on them which wasnt too bad an was told the manager of george would come down and get me to speak to me and show me round which never happened and at end of shift she was nowhere to be seen.

    Monday-Friday my availability was anything as im not in uni and then sunday again all day so I was a bit shocked when they rang on the friday and asked me to work 3-8 on the saturfday and the only other shift was this saturday 12-8 which is the only saturday I can do so im hoping I can sort this out far better then. The cut off date for novembers payday is this friday and I was hoping to get at least 150-250 earnt but only going to get about 50-60 for my training so im going to need a lot of hours of xmas for the 17th december pay day and even that mightent be enough.

    Yer its a 24 hour store, the food part etc is ver busy, not sure about george but presume it still is.

    I know I was hoping for at least 30.
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    (Original post by street_end)
    Huyton in Liverpool. i dont know why I was put on george as the only male and havent seen any men when walking through the shop on that section but im not that bothered about it. I got about an hour training on the checkouts then worked for 3 hours on them which wasnt too bad an was told the manager of george would come down and get me to speak to me and show me round which never happened and at end of shift she was nowhere to be seen.

    Monday-Friday my availability was anything as im not in uni and then sunday again all day so I was a bit shocked when they rang on the friday and asked me to work 3-8 on the saturfday and the only other shift was this saturday 12-8 which is the only saturday I can do so im hoping I can sort this out far better then. The cut off date for novembers payday is this friday and I was hoping to get at least 150-250 earnt but only going to get about 50-60 for my training so im going to need a lot of hours of xmas for the 17th december pay day and even that mightent be enough.

    Yer its a 24 hour store, the food part etc is ver busy, not sure about george but presume it still is.

    I know I was hoping for at least 30.
    Small store with ambitions of gradeur by the looks of it. Not meeting the section manager during your first shift is a major faux pas of theirs as its essential they know who is working their department.

    I know exactly what you mean about getting enough hours in £150-£200 on days is a difficult ask in a week with a temporary contract anyways tbh, I'm stuggling and I'm on nights lol
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    Had my Asda magic assesment yesterday.
    There were 8 of us, I think everyone got offered a job lol.
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    Can anyone please tell me more about the different departments? Grocery and Chilled Products are pretty self-explanatory.. but Customer Services? There's an awful lot of vacancies at a store for Customer Services...
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    (Original post by manniefresh91)
    Can anyone please tell me more about the different departments? Grocery and Chilled Products are pretty self-explanatory.. but Customer Services? There's an awful lot of vacancies at a store for Customer Services...
    Customer Services will include Checkouts, Porters, Petrol Kiosks, Cigarette and Lottery Kiosk, Checkout Runners (those who have to put stuff back and collect replacements if you picked up the wrong item/it was broken) and I think it might also include the Aces.

    Theres also Home & Leisure which covers toys, festive, books, stationary, kitchen, dining, diy & motoring and Music Video and Games.

    Bakery is self explanitory as is Counters.
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    i got a magic interview thing offered to me yesterday evening... didn't check my e-mails until today, and i've missed it! i've to phone them back at 8 o'clock to work something out, what are the chances of getting it rescheduled or have I missed out?
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    (Original post by conway!)
    i got a magic interview thing offered to me yesterday evening... didn't check my e-mails until today, and i've missed it! i've to phone them back at 8 o'clock to work something out, what are the chances of getting it rescheduled or have I missed out?
    I would assume you have missed out, you have effectively wasted their time, and there's a good chance they have already found anyone they need.
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    Hey all!

    I had my group interview today and I had a phonecall saying i've passed that stage and have a one-to-one interview tomorrow.

    Please can tell me what sort of questions they are likely to ask and what things they want to hear for me to get the job.

    Thank you for any advice you can give me from questions to clothes to anything!

    I wore black trousers and a jumper today, what shall I wear tomorrow? I need to take my passport so I shall do so. Anything else?

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    (Original post by FattyInNeed)
    Hey all!

    I had my group interview today and I had a phonecall saying i've passed that stage and have a one-to-one interview tomorrow.

    Please can tell me what sort of questions they are likely to ask and what things they want to hear for me to get the job.

    Thank you for any advice you can give me from questions to clothes to anything!

    I wore black trousers and a jumper today, what shall I wear tomorrow? I need to take my passport so I shall do so. Anything else?

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    Well done! ! !

    Tbh, at my interview, the guy asked me about 3 questions about myself and then started discussing what hours i would want and that "a boy like you would be good on the chilled department"...

    I got the impression that once you're through the asda magic then you're basically in...

    And during the magic i said i already had a booked holiday for 8 weeks later so went spent about 10 minutes talking about that.( I was going to work as a mechanic at a bike race where Micheal Schumacher was racing,(the one where he crashed and hurt his neck))


    Just go in wearing the same type thing as today and a positive attitude, the hard part should be over...
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    (Original post by MHorman)
    Well done! ! !

    Tbh, at my interview, the guy asked me about 3 questions about myself and then started discussing what hours i would want and that "a boy like you would be good on the chilled department"...

    I got the impression that once you're through the asda magic then you're basically in...

    And during the magic i said i already had a booked holiday for 8 weeks later so went spent about 10 minutes talking about that.( I was going to work as a mechanic at a bike race where Micheal Schumacher was racing,(the one where he crashed and hurt his neck))


    Just go in wearing the same type thing as today and a positive attitude, the hard part should be over...
    Thank you!

    What questions about yourself did they ask, if you don't mind me asking? And that's all pretty amazing, no wonder they wanted to know more.

    Can you start on X number of hours and then say later in the year, you become more and more free, pick up hours? E.g. say you start on 16, 4 hour shifts, 4 times a week, and then later (from February), change those to 8 hours, once i'm more free?

    I performed pretty well at the group interview; was confident, always communicating, listening, volunteered and put myself to present, took a natural lead in the products we had to advertise and I think they really liked me!

    Also, are you sure I should wear the exact same thing? Yes, it was very smart, but what if they think he's poor and can't afford new clothes?
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    (Original post by FattyInNeed)
    Thank you!

    What questions about yourself did they ask, if you don't mind me asking? And that's all pretty amazing, no wonder they wanted to know more.

    Can you start on X number of hours and then say later in the year, you become more and more free, pick up hours? E.g. say you start on 16, 4 hour shifts, 4 times a week, and then later (from February), change those to 8 hours, once i'm more free?

    I performed pretty well at the group interview; was confident, always communicating, listening, volunteered and put myself to present, took a natural lead in the products we had to advertise and I think they really liked me!

    Also, are you sure I should wear the exact same thing? Yes, it was very smart, but what if they think he's poor and can't afford new clothes?
    Tbh i can't rmemeber the exact questions, it was like 2.5 years ago.
    It was probably the classic "what's your strongest/weakest quality?" and the usual interview *******s questions...

    As long as you don't reply "i'm really lazy and like kiving off work to get hgih" you should be fine...

    At my store i was put on a small contract and then just ask for overtime whenever i want it and it always seems to be going. I went from 7 hours a week whilst at college to 50/60+ over the holidays when i needed the money... That depends on the store/department/manager you end up with though...

    And maybe not the exact same thing but same style... I turned up to my one on one interview in my motorbike gear because i had to ride there. Boots/leathers/helmet. They didn't mind...
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    (Original post by FattyInNeed)
    What questions about yourself did they ask, if you don't mind me asking? And that's all pretty amazing, no wonder they wanted to know more.
    TBH MHorman summed it up, just general questions to find out a little about you. The manager who interviewed me asked about what was the most recent thing I'd done to improve myself and was amused when I said I had no idea what use it would ever be :p:

    Can you start on X number of hours and then say later in the year, you become more and more free, pick up hours? E.g. say you start on 16, 4 hour shifts, 4 times a week, and then later (from February), change those to 8 hours, once i'm more free?
    Depends on the position you applied for. My current role is 2x 8hr shifts per week, but last week i worked 5x 9hr shifts.... As long as you're willing to take the hours (and the store has avaiable hours) theres nothing to stop you taking as many as you want (European Working Time directive no withstanding)

    I performed pretty well at the group interview; was confident, always communicating, listening, volunteered and put myself to present, took a natural lead in the products we had to advertise and I think they really liked me!
    As long as you're not a mong most people will pass the Magic day :p:

    Also, are you sure I should wear the exact same thing? Yes, it was very smart, but what if they think he's poor and can't afford new clothes?
    Wear whatever you like, the chances of seeing the same person at the one-to-one are slim as you'll be interviewed either by a duty manager or a section leader rather than the general HR types who run the Magic sessions. For both of my interviews I went in shirt, tie and trousers, then took the tie off whilst I was doing my 30 minutes trial
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    (Original post by rick_james)
    I would assume you have missed out, you have effectively wasted their time, and there's a good chance they have already found anyone they need.

    harsh saying i 'wasted their time' - i was given 12 hours notice of the interview, not exactly my fault.

    and i haven't missed out - apparently the page the e-mail links you to to book your interview, the reason there was only the one interview time up for yesterday was because i was on the later end of this week's choices, and in a few days new dates will be up and i can book it then.
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    (Original post by DoktaUH)
    TBH MHorman summed it up, just general questions to find out a little about you. The manager who interviewed me asked about what was the most recent thing I'd done to improve myself and was amused when I said I had no idea what use it would ever be :p:



    Depends on the position you applied for. My current role is 2x 8hr shifts per week, but last week i worked 5x 9hr shifts.... As long as you're willing to take the hours (and the store has avaiable hours) theres nothing to stop you taking as many as you want (European Working Time directive no withstanding)



    As long as you're not a mong most people will pass the Magic day :p:



    Wear whatever you like, the chances of seeing the same person at the one-to-one are slim as you'll be interviewed either by a duty manager or a section leader rather than the general HR types who run the Magic sessions. For both of my interviews I went in shirt, tie and trousers, then took the tie off whilst I was doing my 30 minutes trial
    Thank you.

    Hopefully i'll pass this one-to-one interview!

    Can you tell me what the day consists of? Is there a tour? A training session? Or just an interview?

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    (Original post by FattyInNeed)
    Thank you.

    Hopefully i'll pass this one-to-one interview!

    Can you tell me what the day consists of? Is there a tour? A training session? Or just an interview?

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    Depends on each individual store, there will definately be an "interview the person next to you" and group of 4-5 task, some stores will end it there and assess people once they've gone, some will do a store tour. There wont be any training on the Magic session though as theres no point training someone they might not take on.
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    (Original post by DoktaUH)
    Depends on each individual store, there will definately be an "interview the person next to you" and group of 4-5 task, some stores will end it there and assess people once they've gone, some will do a store tour. There wont be any training on the Magic session though as theres no point training someone they might not take on.
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    Thanks, but I had already done that bit.

    Had my one-to-one interview today, went quite well right until the end (get to that in a min) but I PASSED!

    My application cycle was something like:

    Saturday - Apply online
    Tuesday - Group interview
    Wednesday - individual interview
    Coming saturday - some welcome day?

    My first job, ever, and the whole process, from applying to double interview to welcome day in a week... :eek:

    Right, the one-to-one interview itself was just standard routine questions. I answered every single question really well, linked them to past experiences but then the final question, which I was expecting to be my weak point, made the person think twice. I'm 18 years old, have 11 GCSE's, 6 A-levels but... NO retail experience! So whilst he was smiling all the way through my interview, after the last question he asked "Any questions?" I asked one, and then he said... "If you are successful...blah blah." I knew exactly why he said that, I was the youngest applicant, some people had grey hair! And yeah... I had no experience at all.

    Anyway, he put me on the checkout and asked a member of staff to monitor me. I got it straight away (I do learn things quite quickly, thankfully otherwise that was my chances gone ) and yeah... he came back later to collect me but I was still working, I didn't even notice him, I was actually enjoying it. He asked me how it was, I said I loved it and sounded really enthusiastic (I did actually enjoy it, I didn't just say it :rolleyes:) and yeah, he took my back upstairs and said you've passed the one-to-one interview! :woo:

    So, now is some Welcome day or something on Saturday, it's casual dress, so jeans and a t-shirt, and it's just guna be ASDA policies and health and safety videos as far as im aware, anything else? I'm a Christmas temp atm, so i'll have to leave in January if no vacancies are there or the seasonal people come back, do they usually? I want to keep the job until September, when i'll be heading off to university in a different city. What's the chances of me keeping it?

    Thanks for all the help guys, I love you! :hugs:
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    (Original post by FattyInNeed)
    Thanks, but I had already done that bit.

    Had my one-to-one interview today, went quite well right until the end (get to that in a min) but I PASSED!

    My application cycle was something like:

    Saturday - Apply online
    Tuesday - Group interview
    Wednesday - individual interview
    Coming saturday - some welcome day?

    My first job, ever, and the whole process, from applying to double interview to welcome day in a week... :eek:

    Right, the one-to-one interview itself was just standard routine questions. I answered every single question really well, linked them to past experiences but then the final question, which I was expecting to be my weak point, made the person think twice. I'm 18 years old, have 11 GCSE's, 6 A-levels but... NO retail experience! So whilst he was smiling all the way through my interview, after the last question he asked "Any questions?" I asked one, and then he said... "If you are successful...blah blah." I knew exactly why he said that, I was the youngest applicant, some people had grey hair! And yeah... I had no experience at all.

    So, now is some Welcome day or something on Saturday, it's casual dress, so jeans and a t-shirt, and it's just guna be ASDA policies and health and safety videos as far as im aware, anything else? I'm a Christmas temp atm, so i'll have to leave in January if no vacancies are there or the seasonal people come back, do they usually? I want to keep the job until September, when i'll be heading off to university in a different city. What's the chances of me keeping it?

    Thanks for all the help guys, I love you! :hugs:
    Not bad, mine was

    Wednesday afternoon : apply
    Thursday: ring up and ask about application
    Friday: Asda magic in the morning, and within 10 seconds of getting home phone rings and i get one to one interview, then within about 30 seconds of getting home phone call i got the job,
    Saturday: 9am, started training..

    When i joined i was 16 but there was a load of 16/17 yr olds there during training etc. I wasn't even the youngest, as i was nearly 17...

    Yea, be prepared for a few boring days of videos/talks etc... But you do get paid full rate of pay whilst you're there training... I worked out that i got paid about £150 for my training.(I worked it out during the training, it's VERY slow, imagine 1 lecture worth of uni stuff spread out over about 3 solid 9-5 days)

    There's a loading of filling in forms and signing stuff as well...

    Tbh, once they've trained you thay've basically invested money in you so it's worth there time/money to get you back instead of paying to train someone new... Normally if you do a good job you'll be offered more hours...
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    Hey I've had my interview at asda on wednesday and we didnt do the group interview as there were only 3 of us, they said we'd find out whether we got the job by closing time friday. Is it normal to skip the second interview if it had sort of been done in the group one? also does anybody know how many people tend to be able to stay on after being seasonal?

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