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J Sainsbury Interview Questions

Updated 12 Nov 2018
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  1. Helpful (52)  

    General Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury in November 2015.

    Interview

    Very straight forward, they asked basic questions about customer services. The interview was very straight forward. The hiring process didn't take more than two week from been interviewed to been hired

    Interview Questions


  2. Helpful (100)  

    General Assistant Night Shift Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Somerset, NJ (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (Somerset, NJ (US)) in December 2015.

    Interview

    To begin with this was one of my more easier interviews that I've done.

    Apply online

    Take the general assessment test

    If you passed you'll receive an email with irc number then you will call hr to confirm interview date, position and what is needed.

    Arrived at store, sign in meet interviewer

    Taken to interview room

    Go through your details and job you applied for

    Talk about urself and your hobbies

    Standard interview questions listed bellow

    Go onto shop floor. Look at an Isle they give you note down good and bad points. Then go to checkout and assess the customer service being given again good and bad points.

    Go back to discuss points.

    End of interview.

    There was only me and the interviewer. The whole process was very relaxed and they talked you through every step of the process. Don't panic just relax should be an easy experience for anyone applying.

    Interview Questions

    • Why sainsburys and what can you bring to this role?   1 Answer
    • When did you perform excellent customer service?   Answer Question
    • When did you have to work in a team and what did you learn?   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Communications Team Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Applicaation --> formal interview --> formal stage 2 interview passed off as an informal chat.

    - No pre-screening or telephone interview.
    - The interviewers were 15 mins late at both interviews and rushed the overall interview.
    - I waited 3 weeks for feedback after my first interview and had no follow up after the second interview.
    - HR is a mess, their phone lines constantly advise they're closed during normal working hours.
    -I was left to assume that I was unsuccessful when I saw the role re-advertising 3 weeks later

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  4.  

    Contract Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I went through to the job via a recruiter, and after a week or so was called into a face to face interview where I talked to two managers (hring manager and one other) and had to do a very simple SAS test, which was explaining some written code.

    Recruiter got back to me with an offer 3-4 days later.

    The process for contractor hires is very simple and straight forward.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience can you bring as a contractor to the Sainsburys analytics team?   1 Answer

  5.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in January 2017.

    Interview

    interview process was fine and went as any normal interview would be

    what did you do in your previous job, tell me about yourself, how was your experience with customers

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  6. Helpful (2)  

    Software Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in August 2016.

    Interview

    I had a 30 minute phone screen with the hiring manager, followed by a 1 hour in-person interview with the hiring manager and one of his colleagues.

    The interview process seemed very disorganized. I applied online. Whenever I had questions during the interview process, I talked to different people in a call center ('The Agency at Sainsbury's' as they called themselves). It seemed more like a process suited for hiring temp people for supermarket positions, rather than a company trying to become digital.

    The face to face interview lasted an hour and I was blasted questions (maybe about 30) one after the other by the interviewers. I felt I answered all of them sufficiently and they didn't ask for any follow ups on whatever I told them. The feedback I got was that I didn't go into enough depth when answering their questions. I disagreed and asked for a follow up option (either a phone call or a second round) since there is a lot I could offer them. I didn't get any response and I felt that was very disrespectful.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about how you manage a high-performer in your team.   1 Answer

  7.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Phone screening, technical test to solve, then one hour face to face with three people. Nothing really difficult. Just a chat about your skills and experience. Technical test - very easy to solve. You had to build a small app using your preferred language.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you solve conflicts in a team.   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Colleague Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury in October 2017.

    Interview

    Online test of standard situational questions. This was followed by a phone interview which was more of a formality getting bank details, checking I was eligible to work in the UK etc. I then had a face to face interview in which I was asked about previous work experience. The interviewer didn’t appear to have read my cv and know that I had worked previously. This was the only real question, following this was simply when I would be able to work and uniform size.

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  9. Helpful (2)  

    Night Shift Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (Aberdeen, Scotland) in February 2009.

    Interview

    two structured interviews, one with a deputy manager then one with the store manager. once you are in the door be prepared to spend the first 12 weeks of your life doing paperwork/training, this process is horrendous, then you have a final test to confim your employment, fail this and you dont have a job.

    Interview Questions

    • expectations on a nightly basis are totally unachievable, you never get enough staff to do the work even though they give you all the info you need to prove this but put it on paper as evidence and you will be told to 'just get on with it'. colleague training is so repetative you will lose your will to live within first 3 months. due diligence process and 'safe and sound' process is nothing more than a paper work exercise and will be use to discipline you when something goes wrong further up the tree. there is a real bad blame culture rather than trying to ensure the problem does not happen again.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    the banding for department/shift managers is currently 25k to 33k
    around 30k seems to be the going rate at the moment(2013) but dont expect a pay rise for a few years. get every thing you have asked for and had agreed in writing as they will not fulfil what they promised at interview.


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    Oracle Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Agency prscreened.
    Interview lasted about 2 hours.
    First hour was a technical multiple choice test
    Passed this so moved to 2nd hour face to face.
    All over in a single day.
    Got offer with a few hours if leaving for train station.

    Interview Questions

    • Flexibility as needs of role will change often. On call required.   Answer Question

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