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35 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated June 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 35
What is your favorite food at Aldi?
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This one should be easy! Does the thought of a fresh pineapple make you drool? Does the fruity salsa make your mouth water? Or, does the pure maple syrup make your Saturday morning pancakes so much more yummy? Be prepared to excitedly share what always ends up slipping into your cart at Aldi!
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1.
What is your favorite food at Aldi?
This one should be easy! Does the thought of a fresh pineapple make you drool? Does the fruity salsa make your mouth water? Or, does the pure maple syrup make your Saturday morning pancakes so much more yummy? Be prepared to excitedly share what always ends up slipping into your cart at Aldi!

Rachelle's Answer
"There are so many great options at Aldi! Whenever I come here, I am sure first to check out the fresh baked items. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and there is always something to satiate my cravings."
Anonymous Answer
"My favorites are the organic milk and eggs."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! You are showing the interviewer that you know which products are carried at Aldi.
"My favorite Aldi products are the organic milk and eggs."
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Anonymous Answer
"My favorite food would have to be the local meat, and dairy produce Aldi offers. Great taste and a great price also."
Rachelle's Answer
Good answer! If you can, add in how long you have been an Aldi customer, or how often you visit an Aldi store.
"My favorite food is the local meat and dairy produce Aldi offers. Your products deliver on great taste and price, which is why I have been a loyal Aldi shopper for the past three years."
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2.
Tell me about a time when you had to be a leader. How was the outcome?
The interviewer wants to hear about a positive experience you have had with leadership. Think about a time when you led a sports team, led a college project, managed a store, or coached a little league team. These are all great examples! Share the situation in which you were leading, and discuss why you enjoyed the experience. Talk about the positive outcome that the group had, and explain that you would gladly lead again!

Rachelle's Answer
"Although I have never led in the workplace, I do take on a volunteer coordinator role on the weekends with the local animal shelter. I have qualities that would make a good leader. I am a keen listener; I understand how to look at the big picture without losing momentum with the small tasks. In that particular volunteer position, I have a great amount of success and find that other people respond to my approach very positively."
Anonymous Answer
"There was a natural disaster in my city, and I assisted my office mates to a safer location."
Rachelle's Answer
Wow, this is a very powerful example. Excellent sample of leadership and strength.
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Anonymous Answer
"I used to captain my local soccer team. I felt I was good at inspiring my teammates to motivate them to perform better. I also took no slack, and my expectations were quite high."
Rachelle's Answer
Were you voted in as the captain? It would be a nice touch if you could add what you did to earn the 'captain' title. Your last sentence may come across as a bit demanding, which doesn't seem to match your other characteristics. I recommend softening it a little bit. I've provided an example below.
"I was captain of my local soccer team, earning the title through a team vote. I was good at inspiring my team and motivating them to perform their best. We had high expectations for each other, and I was very good at holding everyone, including myself, accountable."
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What is your favorite item to purchase at Aldi because of its low price compared to competitors?
Think of some typically higher priced items at most grocery stores. Does the low priced coconut oil make you happy? Do you like the money you save each week buying eggs at Aldi? Perhaps it's the savings on gourmet cheeses or grass-fed beef. Whatever your favorite item to save on is, now is the time to share it! If you can recall prices, even better.

Rachelle's Answer
"I love coming to Aldi for the prices on meat, and gourmet cheeses. The last time I came here, I compared my bill to the advertised prices of your competitor, and estimated that I saved at least 15%."
Anonymous Answer
"My favorite items to purchase would have to be high-quality local beef and free-range eggs. They are sold at a much better price to other supermarket chains and are just as good even better."
Rachelle's Answer
Your answer shows that you have done your research on where Aldi delivers better value. Good response!
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4.
How would your references describe you?
The interviewer wants to hear that your references will positively describe you. Think about the positive things your references have said about you in the past. Instead of listing these things, tell the interviewer what each person has told you. These concrete examples will be sure to impress the interviewer!

Rachelle's Answer
"My previous employer often commented on the fact that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he likes how I am always happy to be at work!"
Anonymous Answer
"I'm a self-starter, I have a high energy level and am task oriented."
Rachelle's Answer
These are all very good descriptions. Well done.
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Anonymous Answer
"My references have told me that I am a very cooperative worker that listens and also can take criticism. Very quick on the job and fast learner too."
Rachelle's Answer
These are excellent descriptors and are qualities that many hiring authorities seek out. This answer would make me want to hire you :)
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5.
Tell me about your experience working in retail.
The interviewer wants to learn more about your background and experience. If you don't have any experience, it's okay! Tell the interviewer that you do not have any experience in the industry, and you look forward to making the transition and learning everything there is to know! Be sure to highlight some transferable skills from a time when you played a team sport or volunteered.

If you have experience, start off by giving the interviewer an overview of your experience by sharing where you have worked, your job title, and how long you were employed there. Add a sentence or two about what your job duties were in each role as well. Be sure to mention that you really enjoy this industry, and you look forward to continuing to work in retail industry roles.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have not worked in a grocery store environment; however, I have worked in a clothing store for about one year. I learned a great deal about customer service, the point of sale systems, and upselling. I look forward to taking this experience to work with me at Aldi."
Anonymous Answer
"I have 12 years of experience in retail; my experience would include working on checkouts, warehouse duties, and shop replenishment."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a good start! Try to elaborate by including any training you have had, leadership opportunities, and any awards and accolades, etc.
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6.
What are some of your weaknesses?
Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after I complete that course!"
Anonymous Answer
"I don't see that them as weaknesses, I see that I have areas in which I'm still growing"
Rachelle's Answer
Try to offer specifics as far as which areas you are still growing.
"I don't see that I have weaknesses but opportunities to grow. Currently, I am focusing on my written communication, and the ability to lead a team."
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7.
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?
The interviewer would like to know that they can trust you to report theft and dishonesty in the workplace. Some businesses have trouble with employee theft, and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."
Anonymous Answer
"I would report them to a superior."
Rachelle's Answer
Concise, and to the point!
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Anonymous Answer
"I would inform the manager about this situation."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! Simple and straightforward.
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8.
Have you shopped at Aldi before?
Be truthful with the interviewer, and tell the interviewer whether or not you have shopped at Aldi before. It's always a great idea to visit the store that you want to be working for, before your interview. If you have shopped at Aldi, tell the interviewer, and share how much you enjoy going to Aldi on a regular basis. If you have not bought at Aldi, say to the interviewer that you have not, but you keep hearing great things about it in the news and want to learn more.

Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I have shopped at Aldi many times before and I love the experience that I have, every time. The selection is always wonderful and, of course, the prices are incomparable."
Anonymous Answer
"Yes, I have shopped here before."
Rachelle's Answer
If you have a favorite Aldi location, mention that as a way to expand on your response. Alternately, you could describe the products that you regularly purchase from Aldi.
"There is an Aldi just a few minutes walk from my home. I am often there purchasing fresh and organic produce."
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9.
What do you know about the quality of products we sell?
Start off by telling the interviewer that Aldi strives to provide excellent quality products to its customers and strives to have fresh ingredients in its products. Additionally, Aldi offers in-season Pick of the Week produce to ensure produce being provided is fresh and ripe. Finally, you can mention that Aldi Double Guarantees the quality of its products promising to replace the product and refund your money if customers are not 100% satisfied with their products.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very familiar with the high quality of products that you sell. I know that you offer the "
Anonymous Answer
"There are no GMOs in Aldi products, and you have a large selection of organic products."
Rachelle's Answer
Great!
"Aldi products are GMO-free and you have a large selection of organic products."
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10.
Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job.
The interviewer wants to hear that you are not a rule breaker, and you support the rules the company has put into place. Show that you are supportive of the leadership decisions the company makes. After all, there had to be some logic to their professional decision!

Rachelle's Answer
"If I could change one decision the leadership team made, it would be surrounding split shifts. I do not think that split shifts encourage a healthy work/life balance and when they incorporated them, it was tough. I still came to work, as scheduled, but I did respectfully let them know that I would be looking for work elsewhere, due to this change."
Anonymous Answer
"I never had any dislikes about the rules in my last employment."
Rachelle's Answer
Good! Did all the rules make sense to you? Are you a naturally compliant person? It would help to build on your answer, just a touch.
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11.
What do you know about Aldi?
As with any job interview, we recommend that you visit the company's website before arriving at the meeting to learn a few critical things about the company such as its history, mission, vision, and current events.

Start off by sharing that you know Aldi is all about saving families money. You might share that Aldi uses quarters to keep carts neatly in front of the store saving labor costs. You might share that Aldi does not offer shopping bags for free to save costs. You might share that Aldi is only open during favorite shopping hours to keep labor costs down. You might share that Aldi has terrific quality in-season produce offered at low prices featuring their 'Pick of the Week' options. Be prepared to list off 5-6 facts that you know about Aldi when the interviewer asks!

Rachelle's Answer
"I know that Aldi was first started in Germany by two brothers, in the 1940's. It is now one of the largest discount supermarkets, boasting over 10,000 locations across various countries. What I appreciate most about Aldi are the cost-saving efforts your organization takes to pass the savings along to your loyal customers. I look forward to joining such a socially conscious organization."
Anonymous Answer
"Aldi is a discount supermarket chain based in Germany. It has over 10000 stores across 20 countries. The first store opened in 1946 in Essen. The company is all about saving families money; Aldi does not offer shopping bags for free to save costs. Aldi also offers terrific produce provided at low prices, also known as the pick of the week."
Rachelle's Answer
Very good! Your answer showcases a great amount of research. Nicely done.
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12.
Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
You can accomplish so much more if there is excellent synergy within your team! Leveraging everyone's skills and best personality traits can encourage a group to be more effective than ever. Share an example that demonstrates your understanding of teamwork. Some factors that make the team successful are:

- Cohesive personalities
- Varying skills
- Varying experience levels
- Professional communication
- Mutual respect
- Brainstorm sessions
- Clear role identity

Rachelle's Answer
"Our latest team goal was to be the most profitable store for January, one of the notoriously slow months of the year. We have fifteen stores, across the USA and ours is one of the smaller locations, so we knew we needed to hustle. We closed out the month, #2 in the company which, although we didn't reach #1, was an amazing feat considering we usually sat in the #8 spot. I believe we were able to make this happen because we all have energetic personalities, we encouraged each other, and remained focused."
Anonymous Answer
"I installed a home foundation with bad weather coming in, which required my whole team to work together to complete the task safely."
Rachelle's Answer
Try prefacing your response with a sentence on which role you are referring to. Also, if this was a residential foundation, be sure to mention that. And, discuss a bit about the team that you had in place. I have added a sample, below.
"When working for ABC Company, I was tasked with installing a residential foundation in Long Island. Bad weather was coming in, so I assembled all trades, encouraged them to work overtime, to complete the job before the situation became unsafe. We were able to achieve our goal two days ahead."
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13.
How would you deal with an angry customer while you were busy completing tasks?
The interviewer wants to hear that customers are your priority. Tell the interviewer that you would graciously stop what you were doing and start by genuinely listening to the customer. Next, share that you would apologize to the customer and take whatever corrective action was necessary. Be sure to mention that most challenging customers do not take much time, and they just want to know that their opinion is being heard. If you have any training in customer dispute resolution, this is a great time to bring this up as well.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have received some training in customer dispute resolution and am more than comfortable dealing with angry customers. I know that most people who are upset, need to be heard. I would stop what I was doing and actively listen while showing that I understood the hardship or predicament. I would repeat back what they said to me, and then ask them how I can help."
Anonymous Answer
"I would stop what I was doing and address the issue so the customer knows they have my attention."
Rachelle's Answer
Perfect!
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Anonymous Answer
"I would immediately stop what I was doing and listen to the customer first and foremost. I would then apologize to the customer. I notice that angry customers don't take much time; they just want their opinions to be heard."
Rachelle's Answer
A listening ear is always helpful when you're working with customer complaints or grievances. It's a nice addition to mention that you would immediately stop rather than helping the customer when it's most convenient for you.
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14.
When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
The interviewer wants to hear that you enjoy being a part of a team and that you contribute to the success of the team. Start off by sharing the last time you added to a team effort. Perhaps it was a massive project at work. Maybe it was on a basketball team. Or, you might have led a Girl Scout troop. All of these make great examples! Discuss how you made efforts to contribute to the team and be sure to mention how successful the team was!

Rachelle's Answer
"I volunteer at the animal shelter on weekends which requires a great amount of teamwork, especially when we have open houses. The public will come and check out the animals, and hopefully put in applications for adoption. We need to ensure the animals are all clean, happy, and ready to be adopted! This end-goal means we must maintain a positive attitude, making the experience great for the people who come in. I will bring this same excitement and positivity to any team-based activity with Aldi."
Anonymous Answer
"In my current position, I work with gardeners, designers, and laborers to complete projects. I work with them to make sure the project comes in under or at budget."
Rachelle's Answer
Great example! I have reworded this slightly to help with the flow.
"In my current position, I am tasked with ensuring projects come in at, or under budget. I collaborate with gardeners, designers, and laborers."
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15.
Do you have any friends or relatives that work at Aldi?
Be honest with the interviewer. Merely share if you have any relatives who work for Aldi as well as what store or office location for which they work. If you have any close friends who work for the company, be sure to mention this as well! Finally, tell the interviewer that these people really enjoy working at Aldi and have only told you wonderful things about the company.

Rachelle's Answer
"My best friend works at this location and is the one who told me about the opening at Aldi, and that I should apply. He has always said excellent things about working here which makes me feel great."
Anonymous Answer
"No, I do not."
Rachelle's Answer
Try concluding your response with a remark on what you have read about Aldi from online employee reviews, for instance.
"I do not have any friends or relatives who work at Aldi; however, I have read some very positive online reviews from current employees!"
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Anonymous Answer
"I have no relatives or friends who work for Aldi."
Rachelle's Answer
Short and to the point, which is just fine!
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Interview Questions
  1. What is your favorite food at Aldi?
  2. Tell me about a time when you had to be a leader. How was the outcome?
  3. What is your favorite item to purchase at Aldi because of its low price compared to competitors?
  4. How would your references describe you?
  5. Tell me about your experience working in retail.
  6. What are some of your weaknesses?
  7. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught an employee or co-worker stealing?
  8. Have you shopped at Aldi before?
  9. What do you know about the quality of products we sell?
  10. Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job.
  11. What do you know about Aldi?
  12. Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
  13. How would you deal with an angry customer while you were busy completing tasks?
  14. When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
  15. Do you have any friends or relatives that work at Aldi?
  16. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  17. What makes our stores unique compared to other food markets?
  18. Do you prefer working in a team environment or alone?
  19. What would you do if a coworker asked you to help them steal?
  20. How often are you late for your responsibilities, such as school or work?
  21. Why do you feel you will be better suited for this job than the other applicants?
  22. Why should we not hire you?
  23. Name your three best qualities.
  24. What do you believe makes Aldi a success and how will you continue to improve that aspect at the stores?
  25. Why would you like to work at Aldi?
  26. Where do you see yourself one year from now?
  27. How would you handle an irate customer that has screamed at you for three minutes straight?
  28. How well do you handle customer complaints?
  29. What's your favorite meal to cook at home?
  30. If you could prepare and share a dinner with anyone, who would it be and what would you make?
  31. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for customer service.
  32. Have you ever called off from work before?
  33. Would you say you are a sociable person?
  34. How do you expect to make a difference at Aldi?
  35. Tell me about a time when you did not have enough time to complete all assigned tasks. How did you prioritize?
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