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Waitrose Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014

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Customer Service Assistant Interview

Customer Service Assistant
Newton Mearns, Scotland (UK)

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Waitrose in July 2013.

Interview Details – I applied through their website and it was a series of easy questions and answers .I was contacted by automated emailing system inviting me to group interview. It was THE WORST INTERVIEW EVER! I wholeheartedly was completely put off of this company because of how the interviewing was conducted. Groups interviews are so unfair and biased. We had to write down 5 answers on paper, why we wanted to work here, what we could offer, our favourite meal, our ambitions, where we seen ourselves in 5 years time. The snobby woman beside me who harped on about her speciality butterflied chicken and herby potatoes and so on obviously swing it as I just mentioned spag bols I cooked for my family. This went on for ages in a tiny little office with no air con and 15 of us crammed in, no window open in the height of summer. NO water, no comfort break despite this halfwitted interviewing technique lasting almost 2 hours. The next thing, we are split into groups of 4 and have to make a tower out of newspaper and sellotape, testing who is bossy and who is shy. etc. After getting black and all dye off the newspaper one of the managers did allow us some wet wipes. THEN we had to go in groups of two halves of the room and one had to scribe, the others had to shout out what made a great sales assistant. We then had to have one of us read them all off and all of us had to contribute points. THEN we had to play act products in a basket, how we would sell them and we tried to be pushy customers and aggravate one another. Some school leaver lads were supposed to try and sell washing powder and had not a clue what to say just this cleans clothes. It was so embarrassing and pointless. Then after this rubbish, we all sat in silence as one by one we got a quick one to one interview with the line manager and she let us go then all at the one time, leading us down a lot of stairs and no facility for disabled and we didnt get a drink or even shown where the bathrooms were . It was a farce and not a company I would have liked to work for after the mental and physical tasks exhausted me.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me what your ambition is   View Answer
  • Best food you make ( oh cos apparently, all waitrose shoppers are connoisseurs ie snobby people who only want the best)   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Supermarket Assistant Interview

Supermarket Assistant

I applied online and interviewed at Waitrose.

Interview Details – Laid back. Ice breaker first. 5 min prep time for 3 q's [ours: fave food/meal and why, why hire you, plan for next 6month-1yr] then present, 15 min prep time in groups to sell product then present, any q's

Interview Question – None really. Just confused about what we were supposed to demonstrate about ourselves with q fave food/meal   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Assistant Interview

Sales Assistant
Wimbledon, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Waitrose in December 2013.

Interview Details – It was group interview with 9 of us.
The interviewer was very friendly and told us that whole process will take an hour.
First we was playing bingo .We have to communicate as a group and find out who is :
-doesn't like red wine.
-smocking
-speaks Spanish etc.

after we have to answer 3 questions:
-What is your favourite meal and why?
-Why should they hire you?
-What is your plans for the future?

At the end we was divided into 2 groups and each group get a product that we have to sell to an other group.

At the end we told that they will contact us in few days time with results ,i had replay in 6 days .They told that current position is filled in and they will keep my details for the next 3 months and contact me if they have something available.

Interview Question – It wasn't any difficult questions ,just obvious interview questions But keep in mind that you need to be yourself and show your personality,which i failed to do .I was very nervous as it was my first interview.

I didn't get the job because i was too tense and i think everyone can see that.
Anyway , i learn a lot from other people's answers and by looking back i saw mistakes that i made.At the end of interview i already know i would not get this job.
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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Waitrose Supermarket Assistant Interview

Waitrose Supermarket Assistant
Newcastle upon Tyne, England (UK)

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Waitrose in February 2013.

Interview Details – Was in a group asked us questions like What is your favourite meal, why do you want to work for waitrose, and what do you do then had to build a tower out of paper.

Interview Question – What is your favourite meal, why do you want to work for waitrose   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Waitrose Supermarket Assistant Interview

Waitrose Supermarket Assistant
Northwood, London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Waitrose in August 2012.

Interview Details – First was the application process, where you had to answer a number of questions. After that, if you were successful, you would be invited to a group assessment and/or one-to-one interview with between 4 to 12 people. I had 2 others with me in my group, so it depends what the job was for.

Interview Question – Who was your favorite chef and why?   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Shop Assistant Interview

Shop Assistant
City of London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Waitrose in April 2011.

Interview Details – applied online through Reed Employment. got a telephone interview first. didn't realise that it was actually an interview. then was invited for a face to face interview. found the interviewer didn't really pay much attention to what I knew about waitrose but was more interested in my main interest art.

Interview Question – questions were not very difficult.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Engineering Interview

Engineering

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Waitrose in March 2010.

Interview Details – Good

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