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Top 30 Safeway Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?
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Question 2 of 32
Our stores are open nearly 24/7. Are you able to accommodate early start times, late start times, split shifts, weekends, overtime hours, and holidays?
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The interviewer would like to know if there are restrictions on your availability. If your schedule is wide open, that is great - but, most people do have some conflicts in their schedule. Discuss your availability openly with the hiring manager.

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"My schedule is quite flexible except for Sunday mornings. I am eager to work as many hours as possible and will certainly be available to work overtime as needed."
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"My school schedule requires me to work a typical 8-4 Monday to Friday and my weekend availability is completely open."
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Question 3 of 32
What do you know about Safeway?
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The interviewer would like to know that you are engaged in the interview process and that you have researched Safeway before attending your interview. Discuss a couple of the positive points you have come across and be sure to compliment the organization on a recent award or achievement.

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"I have researched your company online and see that you have been around for over 50 years, first starting out as a family owned and operated local grocer. Your work environment seems very friendly, your stores are clean, and I am happy to see that you always offer low prices on quality items, even local and organic produce!"
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"I have researched your company online and like what I see so far. I know that you are very focused on your customers while still keeping a great investment in your employees. Your workplace culture seems open and communicative which is what I am looking for."
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Question 4 of 32
We are in a very competitive market. Why do you want to work for Safeway?
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Discuss with the interviewer the reasons why working for Safeway would be a top choice for you vs. their competitors. Personalize your answer by utilizing the research you have conducted on their organization.

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"I do understand that your industry is very competitive; however, I feel that you stand out from the crowd. I want to work for your company because you are a long-standing employer with a strong reputation for quality products and friendly service."
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"I chose to apply to your organization because I have a few friends who work for you and they have amazing things to say. Reputation is everything, and your industry reputation seems great."
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Question 5 of 32
In this role with Safeway there are a few levels of management. Tell me about your ability to accept guidance and feedback from multiple managers.
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Assure the interviewer that you are accustomed to working with multiple department managers at a time. Give an example of a time where you have worked with cross-functional management teams.

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"In my last position I worked in the stocking department and was required to answer to the deli, bakery, and fresh produce managers. I am accustomed to working with multiple managers. This experience has helped me to learn more about how important clear communication is."
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"I have no issue when it comes to accepting feedback from multiple supervisors or managers. I truly believe that we can all learn so much from each-other. I always appreciate constructive feedback when it's coming from a good place."
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Question 6 of 32
At Safeway our success is greatly based on the engagement level of our employees. Do you consider yourself a reliable employee?
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Question 7 of 32
At Safeway we are set apart from our competitors by our incredible customer service. What is your customer service philosophy?
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Question 8 of 32
What type of career growth do you feel we can offer you here at Safeway?
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Question 9 of 32
If you could choose to work in any department at Safeway, which would you choose?
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Question 10 of 32
At Safeway we take our theft prevention programs very seriously. Have you ever caught a coworker stealing? What did you do?
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Question 11 of 32
Are you looking for a long term employment opportunity?
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Question 12 of 32
Do you have experience in handling monetary transactions?
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Question 13 of 32
At Safeway we like to train and promote our employees as often as possible. Where would you want to see your career with Safeway take you?
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Question 14 of 32
How do you handle dissatisfied customers?
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Question 15 of 32
Do you have any experience in up-selling?
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Question 16 of 32
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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Question 17 of 32
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 18 of 32
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Question 19 of 32
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
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Question 20 of 32
We have very busy and productive work days at Safeway. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 21 of 32
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 22 of 32
What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
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Question 23 of 32
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
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Question 24 of 32
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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Question 25 of 32
When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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Question 26 of 32
How do you deal with stressful situations?
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Question 27 of 32
What questions do you have for me, about Safeway?
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Question 28 of 32
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 29 of 32
What are you looking for in a job?
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Question 30 of 32
What is your current salary?
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Question 31 of 32
Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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Question 32 of 32
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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About our Safeway Interview Questions

Our Safeway interview questions and answers are created from the industry we believe they most well-represent. For a full list of industries we base our company interviews off of; click here.

About Safeway

Safeway Inc. (Safeway) is a food and drug retailer. As of June 19th, 2010, the Company operated 1,712 stores. The Company?s United States retail operations are located principally in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, the Chicago metropolitan area and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Company?s Canadian retail operations are located principally in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan. The Company has a network of distribution, manufacturing and food-processing facilities. Safeway owns and operates GroceryWorks.com Operating Company, LLC (GroceryWorks), an online grocery channel doing business under the names Safeway.com, Vons.com and Genuardis.com (collectively Safeway.com). Safeway also has a 49% ownership interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V. (Casa Ley), which operates 161 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico.

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