SUPERVALU
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www.supervalu.com Eden Prairie, MN 5000+ Employees

SUPERVALU Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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Director of Merchandising Interview

Director of Merchandising
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in January 2013.

Interview Details – Typically positions are posted internally first. If the candidate pool is limited internally after a week or two, then the positions are also posted externally. Recruiters will screen candidates for relevant experience and cultural fit. Resume are shared with hiring manager. Selected candidates are then brought in for a 1 to 1 1/2 hour interview. Candidate may have more than one interview w/ different parties during the same visit. Candidate may need to come back for second interviews. Right before I left we also started adding online assessments to the process. Director level & up are required to go through a 1 1/2 day "mock" work scenario assessment hosted by an independently 3rd party before they can be made an offer. Process typically takes 6 weeks, but can vary dramatically depending on multiple factors.

Interview Question – SUPERVALU does behavioral interviewing. Plan to bring real-life work examples of how you demonstrated customer service, made critical decisions, how you handled urgent priorities, and how you showed leadership.   Answer Question

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Order Selector Interview

Order Selector
Kenosha, WI

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU.

Interview Details – You will be called in for an interview if your skills match what they are looking for. The catch is that you will be called a Supplmental Worker. What this really meas is, if you screw up, and don't make you percentage, you will be let go.

The scary thing is, when you get the to the interview stage, it's with about eight people.

Interview Question – There really isn't a difficult question. You just need to remain calm under presure, and be as honest as poosible.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiating. they start everyone at the same pay.

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Administrative Assistant II Interview

Administrative Assistant II
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied online - interviewed at SUPERVALU in January 2009.

Interview Details – online application, phone interview, in-person interview with hiring manager

Interview Question – all pretty general, basic interview questions   Answer Question

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Planning Analyst Interview

Planning Analyst
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in July 2009.

Interview Details – Tell me about a time you had to deal with ambiguity

Interview Question – All situational based.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiation

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Director Interview

Director
Minneapolis, MN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in July 2009.

Interview Details – There were three steps to the interview. First was a phone interview with the recruiter, which was pretty typical. They asked the general background and experience questions, very relaxed setting. The second was in-person with three of them and one of me. The recruiter was there and two people from HR, not really sure why the need for two HR folks. That interview ran about 2 hours, which was fine, though could be intense for some people to have 2 hours of a 3 of them/1of you. They asked standard background questions again, then got into more experience-oriented and some "what if" scenarios to understand character and analytic expertise. The last interview was with the VP of the group, who kept me waiting in the lobby for about 45 minutes. I was about to ask if they could find someone to reschedule out of concern for my own time and that the VP must be having a bad day and might be distracted during the interview. Getting into the interview, it was clear that the VP was distracted. The overview of the responsibilities was not done very well. I ended up stating in the interview that I did not think this would be a good fit.

Interview Question – How I would recommend structuring a team within the department. Difficult because I did not have much information on the goals of the team.   Answer Question

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Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in May 2009.

Interview Details – The process began with a phone interview with HR followed by a Skype interview with two of the hiring managers; ending with a visit to the corporate office and interviewing again with HR, a hiring manager and potential team members,

Interview Question – I don't recall any difficult questions. However, I wasn't expecting a question about managing the workload as I didn't see this being an issue with the role. But the question gave me insight into the amount of output expected on a daily basis causing me to question work/life balance.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation process was quick and fair. I got everything I requested.

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Business Support Specialist Interview

Business Support Specialist
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in June 2012.

Interview Details – Having made the transition from a temporary employee to a full-time employee, the interview process was somewat laid out. Current management, will assit with resume reviews and conduct mock interviews if you request it.

If you are a new hire, the interview format will follow the SBO type of interview, first you will walk through your resume with your interviewer, then you will be asked a series of SBO questions. Many interviewers are looking for in-depth answers, not just an overview. In this instance, it is better to be more detailed than less, however, don't over load them with stories.

Interview Question – I think the most difficult question was how to phrase unpleasant working situations which had challenged me the most without bashing a former manager / employer.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – In this position there wasn't any negotiation, as I knew exactly what the salary was set at prior to applying.

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Quality Assurance Interview

Quality Assurance

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at SUPERVALU in May 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process was based more on personality mesh versus an attempt to determine competency.

Interview Question – None. The questions were very basic.   Answer Question

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Corporate Deployment Implemenatation Manager Interview

Corporate Deployment Implemenatation Manager
Eden Prairie, MN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at SUPERVALU in April 2009.

Interview Details – I was recruited by an internal Director. I was looking for work and an old aquaitance was familiar with my work so he reached out to inform me of and opening on the communications team. I applied for that postion and was interviewed sevreral times and landed the job.

Interview Question – I think the questions around situations where I had failed. It is difficult to explain when you are not successful when much of my life I am strived to persevere obstacles and drive until you are a success.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – You deal with the hiring Manager and he was very inflexible with changing the offer at all but I was able to negotiate an additional week of vacation in the end.

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Corporate Manager Interview

Corporate Manager

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at SUPERVALU in May 2009.

Interview Details – 2 interviews with the hiring Manager and another associate. I had an offer withing approximately 3 weeks.

Interview Question – Typical behaviorable questions. Many of the questions were around conflict management techniques.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It took around 3 weeks because of approvals through the HR team.

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