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Food Product Technologist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview


The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at J Sainsbury (London, England (UK)) in November 2011.


Online application followed by online numerical and verbal reasoning tests and online personality questionnaire. These were all fairly straightforward. This was followed by a competency based telephone interview based on Sainsbury's leadership behaviours plus the usual why do you want to work for Sainsbury's and why specifically the scheme you have applied for. Final stage is an assessment centre with a role play, presentation, interview and group work exercise. In the role play you have to be a manager having a one to one interview with a previously exceptional member of staff who has started under performing (she has new twins). The presentation is on what factors you would consider of you were looking to improve a new canned soup range. The interview is almost the same as the telephone interview. The group work is designed around a recipe tip card for an Easter treat. 6 of you participate in this and I found that 4 people who had dominated for most of the day did so again in this task but Sainsbury's didn't seem to have a problem with this.

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