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ALDI Store Manager Trainee Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014
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Interview Details – Was recruited by a DM. He told me to go visit a couple of stores and get back with him to set up a formal interview. And if that 1st interview goes well he would pass me onto the Director of my area. O I think normally it would be a 3 stage interview process but if you are being recruited it will be a 2 stage interview process. If you are not being recruited you have to attend one of their job fairs that the advertise in the paper and on Craigslist.

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Store Manager Trainee
Lawrence, KS

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 days - interviewed at ALDI in January 2014.

Interview Details – Was called by a recruiter and they set up an interview very quickly(within a few days) with the District Manager.

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Store Manager Trainee
DFW, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ALDI in October 2013.

Interview Details – Started off with a recruiter phone call that was the initial phone interview. The next week, I had a group interview with 2 DMs. And the week after that, interviewed with a Director. Then began screening process.

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Reason for Declining – I feel "Aldi management" is not real management.

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Store Manager Trainee
Edison, NJ

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ALDI in May 2013.

Interview Details – Approached store manager with my resume and was later called by the district manager for an interview. She asked the standard questions about my management experience and then informed me that the next steps would be another interview with another district manager then an interview with a director of operations, then a background check and drug test. She probed me repeatedly about fessing up to anything that may show up on either the background check or drug test. Was later called for an interview with the director of operations. I skipped the second interview somehow. Fairly easy interview, same questions as the first interview and then the same scare tactics about the background check and drug test. He even went so far as to tell me (falsely) that they sometimes do hair follicle tests to see my reaction. Went for the urine test and was offered the job one week later. The whole process took 3 weeks.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a time you worked on developing an underperforming employee and what was the outcome. How did this improve you as a manager?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Their rates are set.

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ALDI in May 2013.

Interview Details – I went to a job fair with my resume in hand. Handed in the resume and sat down for an interview which I now know was with a recruiter. She asked basic questions and then told me in great detail what the company is about and what they would expect of me. Looking back she most definitely did most of the talking. The recruiter said she thought I was a good fit and arranged for me to interview with someone with the job title along the lines of 'Vice President of Operations'. She was apparently in the next room and introduced us. The part with the VP was more of a normal interview. I got a call from the recruiter later that night saying I should expect a call within a week to setup an interview with a DM and a current GM. I got a call the next day from a DM. The DM interview was pretty easy, but that could be because I interviewed twice already and the questions were similiar/reworded. The DM then offered me conditional employment as long as Background check and drug test came out fine. I had nothing to worry about but he kept stressing honesty was important and that if I told him something was on the background check/drug test, I may still be up for consideration. He kept saying it so I guess honesty is extremely important to them, as it should be. Once everything came back clean he called me and asked when I wanted to start. I told him give me two weeks to quit my current job. He honored it.

Interview Question – The interview with the VP of Operations was the tougher one. I was a employed at the time as a manager in retail. She asked me my greatest weakness. Then immediately after my answer, she asked 'If I were to speak with one of your current employees, what would they say your least favorable trait would be?' They're not difficult questions, but asking both in the same interview was a slick way to give 2 weaknesses. I simply wasn't expecting it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The salary was the salary, they were not negotiating.

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Store Manager Trainee
Saginaw, MI

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ALDI in September 2012.

Interview Details – The store manager called me in for an interview after I hand delivered an app and my resume a week prior. It literally took five minutes. Easy as pie. I was under the impression that I was being interviewed for a mgr trainee position since it was the only thing I put on my app, and I have mgt experience. The store manager asked me if i was willing to start as a cashier though.. Kind of upsetting since it would've been a demotion for me and I still wonder why she called me in the first place.. Plus since the interview was so short, makes me kind of feel like she knew she wasnt going to hire me anyway.

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Store Manager Trainee
Union City, NJ

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ALDI in January 2012.

Interview Details – The 1st 2 interviews were with the district managers at a store location. One interview was a sit down, and the other was a store walkthrough. Both interviews were very straight forward and they ask many questions about your current job. A 3rd interview was help at the home office of the area.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Minneapolis, MN

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at ALDI in May 2010.

Interview Details – I applied online through career builder, received an email just a couple days later. I was able to schedule an initial 1 on 1 interview with the district manager a few days after that. He had me fill out an application and then he proceeded to ask me a few general background questions, then the basic "why ALDI" and questions like that. Was informed I'd receive a call back the following Monday if they were interested in another interview.

District manager explained the position, the hours, pay, etc, and then explained the hiring process. Overall, no complaints about the process.

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Store Manager Trainee
Lyndhurst, OH

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at ALDI in March 2010.

Interview Details – The typical way a hiring works is that an advertisement is placed in the Sunday local newspaper, giving a specific date, time, and location in which applications will be taken. Following directions is an important part of the job; going to the wrong location or showing up at the wrong time will prevent applicants of a chance of getting the position. Usually there are hundreds of applicants for each position. The District Manager will hand out applications, and ask if you have read the job description and can complete the job tasks. No resumes are accepted, but it is best to bring one to aid in completing the application. Also, bring your reference information. If you are selected for an interview, you will meet with the District Manager. You will be asked a series of questions about your employment history, and will be watched before, during and after the interview to see if you will be a good fit. Slouching, not smiling, and lack of energy are not good. Talkative, energetic people get the job. You will also be asked questions that start with "What would you do if..." ("you saw an employee stealing," "an employee refused to do something you asked them to do."). They are looking for honesty, customer service and management skills, and energy level. At the first interview, you will also be told of the job requirements, pay rate, and benefits. They will be looking to see whether you really want the job. If the first interview goes well, a second interview is held with the Director of Operations. This interview is much the same as the first. Some questions about your background, and easy questions about what you would do in certain situations. Again, they are looking for honesty, customer service and management skills, and energy level. Usually the job offer is made over the phone if the interviews go well. There is no negotiation about pay, benefits, or responsibilities.

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Store Manager Trainee

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at ALDI in March 2011.

Interview Details – Ask basic questions that you would expect when applying for a retail job.. "what would you do if you saw an employee stealing?" Not too many difficult questions. Make sure to ask questions about the position, as it seems that is a big factor in their decision making.

Interview Question – What would do if you saw an employee steal from the cash register?   View Answer

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