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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

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This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?
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Many jobs require some intermediate to heavy lifting. At Sobeys there will be new stock coming in all the time; some light and some heavy. Assure the interviewer that you are physically capable of assisting with the receiving of stock. If you do have limitations, this is the time to disclose them. You do not need to get overly personal with health issues, but you do need to be upfront and honest. Focus on what you CAN do versus what you cannot.
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  1. This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?
  2. 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?
  3. What do you know about Sobeys?
  4. We are in a very competitive market. Why do you want to work for Sobeys?
  5. In this role with Sobeys there are a few levels of management. Tell me about your ability to accept guidance and feedback from multiple managers.
  6. At Sobeys our success is greatly based on the engagement level of our employees. Do you consider yourself a reliable employee?
  7. At Sobeys we are set apart from our competitors by our incredible customer service. What is your customer service philosophy?
  8. What type of career growth do you feel we can offer you here at Sobeys?
  9. If you could choose to work in any department at Sobeys, which would you choose?
  10. At Sobeys we take our theft prevention programs very seriously. Have you ever caught a coworker stealing? What did you do?
  11. Are you looking for a long term employment opportunity?
  12. Do you have experience in handling monetary transactions?
  13. At Sobeys we like to train and promote our employees as often as possible. Where would you want to see your career with Sobeys take you?
  14. How do you handle dissatisfied customers?
  15. Do you have any experience in up-selling?
  16. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
  17. Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
  18. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  19. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  20. We have very busy and productive work days at Sobeys. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
  21. Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
  22. What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
  23. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
  24. What work situations excite and motivate you?
  25. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
  26. How do you deal with stressful situations?
  27. What questions do you have for me, about Sobeys?
  28. Do you have reliable transportation?
  29. What are you looking for in a job?
  30. What is your current salary?
  31. Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
  32. How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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1.
This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?
Many jobs require some intermediate to heavy lifting. At Sobeys there will be new stock coming in all the time; some light and some heavy. Assure the interviewer that you are physically capable of assisting with the receiving of stock. If you do have limitations, this is the time to disclose them. You do not need to get overly personal with health issues, but you do need to be upfront and honest. Focus on what you CAN do versus what you cannot.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I can lift up to 50 pounds and do not have any physical restrictions. I am fit, injury free, and ready to work!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I can bend and lift; however, 50 pounds may be more than I can handle at this time. With that said, I can certainly lift boxes up to 25 pounds."
2.
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?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My school schedule requires me to work a typical 8-4 Monday to Friday and my weekend availability is completely open."
3.
What do you know about Sobeys?
The interviewer would like to know that you are engaged in the interview process and that you have researched Sobeys 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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
4.
We are in a very competitive market. Why do you want to work for Sobeys?
Discuss with the interviewer the reasons why working for Sobeys would be a top choice for you vs. their competitors. Personalize your answer by utilizing the research you have conducted on their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
5.
In this role with Sobeys there are a few levels of management. Tell me about your ability to accept guidance and feedback from multiple managers.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
6.
At Sobeys our success is greatly based on the engagement level of our employees. Do you consider yourself a reliable employee?
Assure the interviewer that you are ready to be a reliable and engaged team member. In which ways are you prepared to make an impact, if hired? How will you best show your appreciation for this position if Sobeys offers you the role?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When you call my references you will see that I am a very reliable and willing worker. When hired by Sobeys, I plan to be a top performing employee right away. I'm excited about this opportunity!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I do consider myself reliable. I have strong tenure in my previous work history, and I am always on time for work. You can be assured that if you hire me at Sobeys that you will not be disappointed in my dedication and performance."
7.
At Sobeys we are set apart from our competitors by our incredible customer service. What is your customer service philosophy?
The interviewer wants to be sure that you are able and willing to carry the torch when it comes to stellar customer service. What does great customer service mean to you?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My customer service philosophy is to always go above and beyond what the customer is expecting from you. When you pleasantly surprise them, they are sure to come back time and time again!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My customer service philosophy is simple! I believe in always delivering the same level of customer service that I would expect as a customer. I am sure to be helpful, and motivated by kindness in all that I do."
8.
What type of career growth do you feel we can offer you here at Sobeys?
The interviewer would like to know if you see this opportunity as a long-term fit. Talk to the hiring manager about the career growth that you are hoping for. How does the position with Sobeys fit in with your goals?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am looking forward to growing into a leadership and management position. Because you offer internal training and you promote from within, I am confident that Sobeys could offer me the career growth that I am seeking."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I hope to see steady career growth as I earn it, and as I feel ready to take on additional responsibilities. I would be happy to work my way into a cashier position once I have proven my capabilities at Sobeys."
9.
If you could choose to work in any department at Sobeys, which would you choose?
There are likely many different departments and areas that you could grow into with Sobeys. If you could choose any particular department to work in, which would you choose? Talk candidly to the interviewer about your desires for growth and opportunity within their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have always leaned more towards positions within the fresh produce department. I am a great cook and am always interested in different fresh produce, trying dishes from different cultures, and encouraging my customers to do the same."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my grocery store experience, I have worked primarily with receiving stock and inventory, and have spent some time in the produce department as well. I am most comfortable in receiving and inventory; however, I am open to working in any department where you see fit."
10.
At Sobeys we take our theft prevention programs very seriously. Have you ever caught a coworker stealing? What did you do?
Sobeys has multiple locations and tons of employees. Of course, employee theft would be a concern when your company is so large. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have faced dishonesty in the workplace. Show that you are capable of handling a situation like this with integrity and professionalism.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completely empathize with companies that struggle with theft prevention. My parents are small business owners, and I understand the efforts that go into theft prevention programs. If I were to catch a co-worker stealing, I would report the situation immediately. There should be zero tolerance for theft and dishonesty in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Fortunately, I have never been a situation where I caught a co-worker stealing. If I caught an employee stealing, I would report the incident immediately. As a previous manager, I understand the value of employee honesty."
11.
Are you looking for a long term employment opportunity?
Sobeys believes in investing in their employees, and they want to know that you will return the favor by offering a longer-term commitment. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you are not just using this opportunity as a temporary stepping-stone.

If you are looking for long-term employment: "You can see on my resume that I have strong tenure in my previous positions. I would like to find a long-term fit where I can grow into a management or leadership type of role."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"You can see on my resume that I have strong tenure in my previous positions. I would like to find a long-term fit where I can grow into a management or leadership type of role."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"If you are looking for a shorter term solution: "I am looking for a temporary position for the summer. My goal is to earn additional money for University this Fall. I am willing to work overtime, weekends, and holidays to make my financial goals happen."
12.
Do you have experience in handling monetary transactions?
Assure the interviewer that you are capable of handling cash and credit card transactions. Talk about your math skills, your reputation for being an honest employee, and also your excellent customer service skills.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a couple of years' experience working as a cashier at a local grocery store. I am very good at making customers feel at ease while I ring them through. I have experience with a variety of Point of Sale systems as well as Moneris. My math skills are sharp, so you can be assured that I am always returning the correct amount of change!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have minimal experience in handling physical cash although I have been responsible for managing an eCommerce website. I understand the basics of cash in/cash out. I am strong in mathematics and can quickly calculate correct change, for instance."
13.
At Sobeys we like to train and promote our employees as often as possible. Where would you want to see your career with Sobeys take you?
The interviewer would like to know that you are looking forward to a bright future with Sobeys. If offered excellent training and the potential of internal promotions, would that excite you? Discuss with the interviewer your thoughts on the potential career path with Sobeys.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I like that you promote from within and also that you train whenever possible. I would like to see my career take me to a store manager or human resources type of role with Sobeys. That possibility is fascinating to me!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long-term fit here."
14.
How do you handle dissatisfied customers?
You will come across dissatisfied customers from time to time - no matter how hard you try to please. You can't please everyone! Talk to the interviewer about your ability to handle dissatisfied customers.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have had my fair share of dissatisfied customers and am not shy when it comes to dispute resolution. I find that listening to customers is almost always enough when it comes to diffusing a situation. They want to be heard and feel acknowledged."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"It's never fun to have a dissatisfied customer as I truly care that everyone is happy after my interactions with them. If I have a customer who is unhappy, I will ask them what I can do, or could have done, differently. I will actively listen and then change my actions to create a satisfactory result."
15.
Do you have any experience in up-selling?
Sobeys is all about excellent customer service as well as excellent value and product. If hired, how do you plan to up-sell your customers on new and exciting products? Assure the interviewer that you are a natural salesperson.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Up-selling is everywhere in the grocery world. From cashier displays to in-store demonstrations, to BOGO sales - there is always an option for the customer to spend more money during each visit. I do have experience in sales and fully understand the importance of up-selling in the grocery environment. I may ask the customer if they want the '3 for the price of 2' deal or if they want 10% off their next grocery purchase if they buy over $100 in groceries today. I always have my eye open for new up-selling opportunities."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I do have experience in up-selling. In my current position, as a cashier, I will remind customers of any sale that we have going on. I'll casually say something like, 'Did you know that our cereals are three for the price of two? Would you like me to have another two boxes bagged for you?' It's surprising to me how many people do not take advantage of these great deals, so it feels good to help them save money while pushing the store's promotions at the same time."
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