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does anyone work in a supermarket?

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nailpolish Mon 13-Jun-05 17:23:55

have applied for a job working evenings in the local shop, any tips for my interview on wednesday please!!!!!!!!

and do you enjoy it?

Fio2 Mon 13-Jun-05 17:25:06

what supermarket is it?

adsa and tesco do really weird interviews

nailpolish Mon 13-Jun-05 17:26:13

its the co-op, fio. sometimes called scotmid?

Fio2 Mon 13-Jun-05 17:28:51

co-op should be fine\\


just tell them how great their products and dividend scheme is, i mean there dividend scheme is amazing. plus they are the most ethical supermarket in this country, all the fair trade etc.

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 07:52:25

yes, i do like co-op i must admit.

does anyone work in a supermarket and enjoy it? or am i just asking a bunch of lawyers/journalists here?

triceratops Tue 14-Jun-05 09:30:07

I used to work in Asda and I would say that they are a good employer apart from the pitiful wages. It was really friendly and they were really keen to develop people, one of the major moans was that we were all constantly having to go on training courses.

I loved working the checkout as I had previously been on a factory production line and it is much more interesting. I was always encouraged to chat with the customers and it really made me feel part of the community. They were always good about changing hours to fit around childcare and even a few hours a week got me out of the house. I stopped because filing was more lucrative although not half as much fun.

triceratops Tue 14-Jun-05 09:30:51

And you never run out of milk

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 09:34:10

NP - I worked for Co-op when I was a Student. They all have rrrrrrrreally stringent Health, Safety and Hygiene rules... so make sure you add something about how conscienscious (sp?) you are about that.

My DP has just finished his Management training with Tesco. They are a shower of w*nkers though.... but thats another thread. He likes it!

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 09:48:26

triceratops - glad you said 'fun', i know the wages are crap, but its enough to get me by with dh's on top of mine. i have just left a job that had better money but i hate hate hated it and decided it wasnt worth it (the money i mean)



i had a feeling the co-op would be strict with the health and safety thingy, one of the questions on the application form was "do you bite your nails"!

but i have a feeling its not deli or anything, prob the tills cos its night work, and the deli etc is closed at night, so im guessing its till (hopefully not shelf stacking, v boring and im such a weakling for things like that)

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 09:51:05

i also heard asda was voted best employer of the year or something, if i dont get anything with the co-op ill try asda, thanks for the info!

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 09:53:10

NP - If you want to apply for Tesco I can let you know what to put on your Psychometric test to guarantee you an interview.

DH has had a bad run-in with them recently but the benefits in Tesco are great.

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 09:53:50

It's toothache here btw... keep forgetting to change back! I'm very lazy.

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 09:54:23

psychmetric - omg!

there isnt really a tesco near me, well there is sort of but there are other supermarkets closer (co-op sainsburys asda morrisons)

what kind of benefits?

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 09:55:34

toothy dont mean to be rude but have to shoot off now and feed babies, ill be back later !

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 10:01:30

No probs NP.

Benefits:

10% discount
Free shares
Buy as you Earn Share Scheme
A very good pension
Relatively high pay compared to other Supermarkets

... I'll look into it a bit more.

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 10:27:56

what is the pay like? (if you know !)

thanks

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 10:32:43

GA Rate 1 = £4.70 up to £5 after 6 months
GA Rate 2 (checkouts) = £4.80 up to £5.20 after 6 months.

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 10:34:31

but i thought minimum wage was £5 - i must be wrong.

QueenFlounce Tue 14-Jun-05 10:36:33

NP - Not yet I don't think. Plus we're in Scotland so it may be different.

nailpolish Tue 14-Jun-05 10:39:45

yes thats prob what it is. i think the co-ops wages are much of a likeness - thanks toothy, have just found out there is a new tesco 24hr opening near here v soon so i might get my foot in the door with them for opening if it doesnt work out with co-op. that prob entails a trip down the jobcentre (yuck)

Skribble Tue 14-Jun-05 22:20:02

I do merchandising in 3 different Tescos and the staff attitude and moral varies a lot and can vary from department to department. I think it depends on the management.

One of them is awfull the staff are always bitching and the stockroom is manky and messy with cages blocking corridoors. One is great, the stock room is so tidy and I can always find my stuff plus the staff are very helpful and friendly.

Good luck

misdee Tue 14-Jun-05 22:22:57

i worked for safeways for over 5years. was great fun and it was where i met peter .

turnupthebass Tue 14-Jun-05 22:24:30

lilibet worked in tesco garage for a while as a second job - horrid shifts though.

jambo1707 Wed 15-Jun-05 08:41:27

I used to work in supermarket( 2 infact)

I left as I was spending far too much money-

You see all the offers and I couldnt help myself

nailpolish Wed 15-Jun-05 13:15:10

got my interview at 3pm still dont know what to were and my cousin who is looking after dd's is always late - ive told her the interview is at 230pm so i hope she is on time!

oh god still havent double checked my appl form, why am i sitting here????????????

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