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    So Tesco literally called me about half an hour ago and offered me a interview for the vacancies that I applied for about 2 days ago. It's at 10am tomorrow.

    This will be my first interview ever and I'm wondering if anyone here has any personal experience with the Tesco interview process? I've been trying to research it like mad over the past 30 minutes and it seems to vary from group interviews with about 30 people to 1 on 1s that last only 15 minutes.

    It seems that they must be really urgent to fill the position though, they've requested that I bring a passport and/or birth certificate and bank details. From that, I assume I'll find out after the interview whether or not I have been successful, right?

    I'll be honest when I say I have no relevant experience and I played the application form to 'Tesco Values' (mostly team work), not honestly what I think about myself. I have no idea what I'm going to answer to the standard type interview questions and I'm not all that good under pressure.

    Last but not least, I don't really have any formal interview wear...guess I'll have to take a late night trip out and try find some smart black pants and a shirt...would a suit be too formal? I'm pretty sure this lad I know who got a job there wore only jeans...but I'm unsure I'd want to take that risk.

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    suit is too formal but still good luck bro
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    It's hard to be too formal for an interview, but black tie is probably a step too far.
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    Suit is definitely over the top, just wear smart black shoes, smart black trousers and a shirt. This sounds really familiar to me when I applied to Tesco I got a really quick reply too and they needed proof I could work in UK and my bank details at the interview.

    If it's a group interview I can't tell you what to expect, but if it's a normal interview chances are the manager will just read questions straight from a book to you. A lot of it is just about teamwork, presentation and customer service so include these points in your answers and you should be fine, it'll be no more than 15 minutes.

    Good luck
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    (Original post by Cek)
    Suit is definitely over the top, just wear smart black shoes, smart black trousers and a shirt. This sounds really familiar to me when I applied to Tesco I got a really quick reply too and they needed proof I could work in UK and my bank details at the interview.

    If it's a group interview I can't tell you what to expect, but if it's a normal interview chances are the manager will just read questions straight from a book to you. A lot of it is just about teamwork, presentation and customer service so include these points in your answers and you should be fine, it'll be no more than 15 minutes.

    Good luck
    So, were you offered the job there and then or did it take time for them to get back to you? Did you have an induction too?

    Thanks for the replies guys.
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    (Original post by Chris_L)
    So, were you offered the job there and then or did it take time for them to get back to you? Did you have an induction too?

    Thanks for the replies guys.
    Yeah after my interview I was given information on my hours, pay, holiday, overtime etc. Two days later I had my induction which was just the manager showing me around the shop and explaining what I'd be doing, the same day I had my induction a few hours later I started my first shift so it all kicked off quite fast.
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    (Original post by Cek)
    Yeah after my interview I was given information on my hours, pay, holiday, overtime etc. Two days later I had my induction which was just the manager showing me around the shop and explaining what I'd be doing, the same day I had my induction a few hours later I started my first shift so it all kicked off quite fast.
    Ah nice. Hopefully I'll be ok. I can just my mind going blank on one of the questions and that I'll have absolutely nothing to say.

    Still, can't be that bad.
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    (Original post by Chris_L)
    Ah nice. Hopefully I'll be ok. I can just my mind going blank on one of the questions and that I'll have absolutely nothing to say.

    Still, can't be that bad.
    Nah don't worry at the end of the day it's only Tesco, I'm not saying they are a bad employer they are actually really good, but they really aren't looking for anyone special as such.

    As long as you dress smartly and you can interact with people well you'll be fine, if you can't answer any questions chances are they won't just sit there and look at you they'll just skip the question or give you the kind of answer they are looking for so you then know.

    It'll be more laid back than you expect :top:
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    I was just wondering how the vacancies were advertised at this Tesco. I live close to one of the huge ones so you'd think they'd have lots of jobs, especially coming to Christmas. Infact, I asked about application forms there in about May, but they said they weren't hiring anyone more for the summer, and they'd be hiring again closer to Christmas time

    Did you just go and ask for an application form, or was there an actual position advertised in store/online/whatever?
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    omg you tramppppppppppppp

    dont work at tesco. thats so embarassing.
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    (Original post by Cek)
    Nah don't worry at the end of the day it's only Tesco, I'm not saying they are a bad employer they are actually really good, but they really aren't looking for anyone special as such.

    As long as you dress smartly and you can interact with people well you'll be fine, if you can't answer any questions chances are they won't just sit there and look at you they'll just skip the question or give you the kind of answer they are looking for so you then know.

    It'll be more laid back than you expect :top:
    Aye, I've been out and picked up a shirt, got some shoes and pants so it's all sorted. Thanks for the replies pal.

    (Original post by FartyMc******)
    I was just wondering how the vacancies were advertised at this Tesco. I live close to one of the huge ones so you'd think they'd have lots of jobs, especially coming to Christmas. Infact, I asked about application forms there in about May, but they said they weren't hiring anyone more for the summer, and they'd be hiring again closer to Christmas time

    Did you just go and ask for an application form, or was there an actual position advertised in store/online/whatever?
    Yeah, there was a listing of available vacancies right in front of the door. Went in, got an application form, handed it in the next day, phone call today, interview tomorrow.

    Personally, I'd go check for positions now. I'm fairly certain the vacancies in this store have come about from people leaving to go to Uni seeing as it's around that time of year. When you fill an application form in you'll receive a letter saying you've either been successful or not. You'll either be flat out rejected or they'll say that they are keeping your details on file. If it's the latter, it could be months before they ring up to arrange an interview. Good luck anyway.
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    As far as I remember you fill out some tick box questionnaire about what you would do in certain situations. The interviewer asks the standard "Why do you want to work for Tesco's" and other bs questions. Somewhere inbetween I was taken down to the shop floor to do a "work sample", which they get 20 minutes of work out of you for free.

    Also the induction lasts a full day and is mind numbingly boring.
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    I work for tesco, and it was my first job. I seem to remember the interview to be daunting also, but honestly, its easy. They read you questions out of a book and just answer them as best as you can. You also will probably have to do a 'work sample' but thats easy, just practice 'good customer service' and interact with the customers and you'll be fine.

    And in termsof dress? A suit is quite formal but a smart pair of trouser's, shirt and tie won't go amiss. Oh and smart shoes obviously. But if you're well elecuted friendly and polite you'll fly

    Good luck
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    (Original post by Staatssicherheit)
    As far as I remember you fill out some tick box questionnaire about what you would do in certain situations. The interviewer asks the standard "Why do you want to work for Tesco's" and other bs questions. Somewhere inbetween I was taken down to the shop floor to do a "work sample", which they get 20 minutes of work out of you for free.

    Also the induction lasts a full day and is mind numbingly boring.
    Thanks for the heads up. I'll guess that I should try match those answers with the ones I put on the application form.

    (Original post by Jess0793)
    I work for tesco, and it was my first job. I seem to remember the interview to be daunting also, but honestly, its easy. They read you questions out of a book and just answer them as best as you can. You also will probably have to do a 'work sample' but thats easy, just practice 'good customer service' and interact with the customers and you'll be fine.

    And in termsof dress? A suit is quite formal but a smart pair of trouser's, shirt and tie won't go amiss. Oh and smart shoes obviously. But if you're well elecuted friendly and polite you'll fly

    Good luck
    Well I've the got the right stuff to wear, just hope I manage to nail the questions. Thanks for the reply =]

    I'll let you know how I get on.
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    Just to let you know, I was offered a job today. They want me to work on checkouts which I didn't even know there was a vacancy for, but yeah, induction on Thursday.

    I'll finally be able to get some money rolling in instead of scrounging off my mum, dad and sisters. Been a hectic few days, I only applied on Wednesday!

    Really appreciate the feedback and responses you guys gave, thanks all. :yes:
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    aaah my interview is tomorrow, same situation, my first interview. They asked me to fill in this application form, there's one sheet 'more about you', answering that is a headache!!
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    I was successful enough to get through to a group interview. It lasted 2 hours where you had to answer some questions and then use the materials given to build a 6ft tower. I got a call 2 days later to say I had passed the interview and they would like me to go for a work sample. I am a little confused, does this mean I have got the job or am I still under assessment before they decide? I would be grateful if someone could shed some light. Thank you.
 
 
 
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