Thought i'd start a thread for people who work or want to work at Sainsbury's to post any questions here.
Before you go ahead and ask a question, check if it’s here:
Q-How do I apply for a job at Sainsbury’s?
A- All employment is now done online at www.sainsburys.co.uk , This document found on the Sainsbury’s website shows you how to apply: http://www.sainsburysbunch.co.uk/Fil...ctionSheet.pdf
Q- What is a General Assistant?
A- A General Assistant is a colleague working on one of the Shop Floor Departments such as Grocery, Fresh, Frozen, BWS etc.
Q- What is a Customer Service Assistant?
A- A Colleague working on the Checkout Department either on a Main Checkout, Kiosk or Customer Service Desk.
Q- What is a Counter Assistant?
A- A Colleague working on one of the Counters, such as Bakery, Deli, Fish, Meat
Q- Do different departments have different pay?
A- No, All departments pay the same for their colleagues.
Q- How long does it take to get offered an interview after applying?
A- Depends completely on the store’s HR and Management Team to find an interview slot, if you are suitable and pass the online tests.
Q-What should I wear to the Interview?
A- Wear Smart. Shirt, smart Trousers, black shoes, normal formal wear.
Q- What happens in the interview?
A- There will be a small task to do where the Interviewer leaves you in a room to complete then comes back and asks you to explain why you have chosen your decisions. The task is normally to match a meal to a specific person or family. After this there is the usual Interview questions e.g. Why you, Why Sainsbury’s, Experience, Hours, Overtime availability, and after this there will be a casual chat with the interviewer for them to get to know you personally.
Q- How long after the interview do you know if you've got the job or not?
A- Also depends completely on the store, can be the next day or can be weeks after.
Q- What is an 'Induction'?
A- The Induction is where you will be invited to the store you will be working in to learn about the company and what it expects from you, sign paperwork to do with your employment, watch DVD’s, have a tour of the store, be given your uniform, name badge, cutter, and leaflets and booklets about different aspects of the company such as Pensions and Colleague benefits. There will also be a little test to do to show you’ve learned what need to be known, don’t worry about this, it’s easy and if you get anything wrong the trainer will help you.
Q- Will I be paid for the Induction?
A- Yes you will be paid as if you are doing overtime.
Q- What should I wear to the Induction?
A- Casual. Jeans and a t-shirt is fine, you will spend most time in the Training Room.
Q- How much will I get paid?
A- Not all the stores have the same pay rates; it depends completely on the stores Region. Generally for Under 18’s it will be around £4-5 and for over 18’s £5-6.
Q- When do we get paid?
A- Every 4 weeks on the Friday.
Q- What is the Overtime Rate?
A- The Same as your contracted hourly rate.
Q- Do we get Time and a Half on Sundays or Bank Holidays?
A- Sundays- Not any more. Bank Holidays- Yes
Q- What is Till Training and how is it done?
A- The till training is a mix of theory and practical exercises for which some is done on the tills on the shop floor and some is done in the training room. You will be given a booklet which has loads of questions and explanations in it which you will fill in during the till training.
The store trainer will give you your operator number (which is the first 3 numbers of your clocking in/out number) and you will go down on the shop floor to have a go on one of the proper tills.
But you probably won’t serve customers on your first ever go, the trainer will just get loads of random products and get you to put them through in the 'training mode' on the tills.
You will be taught how to complete a Flight, Scanning, Putting though weighed items, Fruit and Veg, Payment though the different methods, Nectar, and the Checkout Hardware (how to turn them on, maintain and clean them)
After you've had a bit of a go on that, they will then get you to observe people on the tills and then probably let you have a little go with someone stood behind you. After that you'll do a little test to test your knowledge.
Q- How long do I have to work for to get Colleague Discount at Sainsbury's?
A- You have to work 6 months in order to get your Discount Card
Q- How much is the Colleague Discount?
A- Normally at 10% although at certain times such as Christmas or when the business is doing exceptionately well, it will go to 15%
Last edited by Wannabe; 08-10-2008 at 17:37.