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Key Food Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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Cashier Interview

Cashier
Maspeth, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Key Food.

Interview Details – There was no interview at all, but the process of actually getting hired is a bit skewed. You absolutely NEED to know someone who already works there, or else you're not getting the job, and you MUST wait for them to ask if the workers know anyone who needs a job. You cannot just ask your friend to get you the job whenever—there are very specific opportunities to do so.

Once the managers are ready to hire someone new and they are considering you via friend suggestion, you have to wait for your friend's shift to end and then you go into the store with them. They'll take you to the front, introduce you to one of the managers, and then you fill out a VERY basic application. It just asks you for your name, address, phone number, and what days/holidays you're available to work. No drug test, no background check, nothing. Proof of address and identity (such as social security) are only asked for just before your first paycheck, and they don't even require the actual documentation. You can just write it down or tell them over the phone and they'll be satisfied.

After you give in your application, you'll be told to expect a phone call within that week to schedule you for unpaid training, which just involves you standing at someone else's register (usually the busiest one in the store) for 4 days, being taught the button combinations on the register, and being told produce codes. There isn't an actual print out of code sheets so you'll have to take photos of them on your phone if you have it on you if you want to memorize them that way. The training feels more like free labor.

During the 4 days, you are expected to come in about an hour after the afternoon shift starts, and you can leave anywhere from 1 to 2 hours before it ends depending on how the managers are feeling that day. On the last day, you are to stay until the end of the shift (9pm) and learn the closing process—bringing carts/baskets, closing shades, and fixing the bread and meat aisles.

After the training, you are called on Saturday to confirm your availability (this is the day that the schedule is planning out) and then the schedule is finalized on Sunday. You can either call and ask what you days you're working, but I really recommend getting a friend or coworker to send you a picture of it so you can see what days everyone else is working. This is really helpful for when you can't work and need someone to cover for you.

Interview Question – The only question was "What days are you available?" as there is no actual interviewing process.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – After training for 4 days, you're just asked to confirm days you're available to work and you are given your schedule usually the following day.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier Interview

Cashier
Brooklyn, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Key Food in March 2012.

Interview Details – No interview required for this job.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier Interview

Cashier
Maspeth, NY

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Key Food in February 2009.

Interview Details – My friend previously worked at this location and mentioned how he was still friendly with the manager. I went in one day with my friend and he spoke to the manager, pretty much informing him that I needed a job and that I was good. I then spoke with the manager myself and he simply asked what my availability was and told me I could come in for training that weekend. Easy.

Interview Question – What is your availability?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No possible negotiation.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier Interview

Cashier

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Key Food in June 2008.

Interview Details – Because I had a friend working there, she told me to speak with the manager. At first, she brushed me off and told me to wait for a call. When i spoke with my friend again, she told me to speak with the manager again. And I got the job right there and then.

Interview Question – What experience do you have with the cash registrar?   Answer Question

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