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Old 21-09-2011, 16:34
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Apparently, Asda don't do the conventional interview. They call it 'Asda magic'. As well as a one to one interview, there will be a tour of the building, a chance to have a go and "Team challenges". Sounds fun but I'm kind of worried as I don't know what to expect. Is it like a drama group where we show how we would overcome problems with customers or something similar? What am I to expect from team challenges?
Also, does this mean I've been shortlisted or does it mean everyone who applied will be there?
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Old 21-09-2011, 16:38
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Are you saying you are going for an interview to work for Asda? Or do you mean they have come up with some scheme for employees to do?
If you are new then I'd go in and ask some of the staff what it entails. Get chatting while shopping! Or if you already work there, then others will have already been through it and can tell you what goes on.
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Old 21-09-2011, 16:44
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Are you saying you are going for an interview to work for Asda? Or do you mean they have come up with some scheme for employees to do?
If you are new then I'd go in and ask some of the staff what it entails. Get chatting while shopping! Or if you already work there, then others will have already been through it and can tell you what goes on.
I am going for an interview with Asda and this is the interview process. I'm guessing they are checking to see if I can work in a team.
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Old 21-09-2011, 18:49
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Apparently, Asda don't do the conventional interview. They call it 'Asda magic'. As well as a one to one interview, there will be a tour of the building, a chance to have a go and "Team challenges". Sounds fun but I'm kind of worried as I don't know what to expect. Is it like a drama group where we show how we would overcome problems with customers or something similar? What am I to expect from team challenges?
Also, does this mean I've been shortlisted or does it mean everyone who applied will be there?
If it's anything like when I got an interview for a Christmas temp back in 2001, you'll have to do roleplays to work out how to advertise a product, deal with stroppy customers and do a group presentation. You'll then get the one-to-one interview after that.

They also got us to sing the Asda loyalty song (yes, I know!!). To be honest, I reckon they're looking for people who are willing to join in.

I think it'll be people on a shortlist because there were about 15 at my interview, and 7 got the job.

Good luck!
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Old 21-09-2011, 19:32
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It's just teamwork stuff, it is not too bad. In mine we had to build something with marshmallows and spaghetti, build the highest balloon tower, and put yourselves in line in order of shoe size. DAft things like that. There will be people sitting around the room watching to see how you interact. They are just looking to see if you are friendly, if you listen, make eye contact etc.
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Old 21-09-2011, 20:35
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Wow - I can think of nothing worse.
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Old 21-09-2011, 21:47
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I had one 3 year ago. We were put into pairs and we had to tell the other person about yourself and they would tell the rest of the group. Then the 6 of us were spilt in half to two different teams and we had to design a new product for Asda, my team got bread and the others a cereal. It's just to see how well you work in a group nothing to worry about I quite enjoyed it
After I passed that I got my single interview then induction to the work place
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Old 21-09-2011, 22:06
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They also got us to sing the Asda loyalty song (yes, I know!!). To be honest, I reckon they're looking for people who are willing to join in.
What!? I wanna know more about this!!!!
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Old 21-09-2011, 22:23
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We never had to sing a song when I did one.

For our team challenge we had a few sheets of paper, some tape, a balloon and a bar of chocolate. The aim was the team that built the tallest tower that supported the chocolate won.

Our team won and we got to split the bar of chocolate between us.

All we did was roll the paper up into tubes and tape them together. and stuck the chocolate on top of that. We just stuck the balloon to the side and said it was a scientifically placed counterbalance device to which we got some laughs.
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Old 21-09-2011, 22:28
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Good luck with it
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Old 22-09-2011, 00:16
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Apparently, Asda don't do the conventional interview. They call it 'Asda magic'. As well as a one to one interview, there will be a tour of the building, a chance to have a go and "Team challenges". Sounds fun but I'm kind of worried as I don't know what to expect. Is it like a drama group where we show how we would overcome problems with customers or something similar? What am I to expect from team challenges?
Also, does this mean I've been shortlisted or does it mean everyone who applied will be there?
Yes you have been shortlisted.

You will have some team challenges to do. I can't exactly know what they are, but its likely your have to work in pairs, and describe and recommend a product to a customer (in this case your partner.)
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Old 22-09-2011, 00:36
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Wow - I can think of nothing worse.
completely agree.

I work perfectly well in a team at work - but I can't think of anything worse than all that team building bullshit!
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Old 22-09-2011, 00:50
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Wow - I can think of nothing worse.
Same.
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Old 22-09-2011, 02:05
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http://www.asda.jobs/hourly/your-app...ent/asda-magic

That will tell you what it entails .

As long as you demonstrate a bit of personality, talk a bit, but also listen, you'll be fine!
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Old 22-09-2011, 07:56
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many years ago i went for a job in a well known high street clothing store, it was for a crimbo back room stock filling job.
we had to do team building exercises design front windows, pick out fashion etc and the job was only for 3 months, and none was being kept on afterwards. we also had to sing clap our hands make things etc...
I walked out half way through as it was too embarrassing plus the job was only for being behind the scenes,,,,,,!

next day i got a job for more money...

I hate team building exercises with a passion..
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Old 22-09-2011, 18:19
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Well, the only real way to know if a person is suitable for a job, is to let them do the job, and access the person then.

I work at ASDA myself, and I do enjoy it. I found the ASDA magic interview to be enjoyable. Granted its not for everyone. I must say the tasks we had to do were realistic though as to what actually happens on the shop floor.
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Old 17-10-2011, 22:13
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I was recently invited to an ASDA Magic "Interview".

We were all left outside in a hall with no one to greet us

just a long awkward wait in silence together with the other candidates which felt terrible.

After being all invited to a room,

The first part i found quite fake,
we were all going to be observed in the session
by some independent observers in the room.

with about 6 staff trainer members exclaiming

one after another to all the candidates

" My name is Blah Blah Blah and I Love my job".

When i applied for a driving position i wanted an Interview

and a chance of work for ASDA. I have good communication

skills and customer service skills, but for a position like this i

think all this role playing was too much for a Part Time and Temporary position.
I didn't feel it was really necessary
I just didn't get it, all the role playing and jumping through hoops and team building for me just wasn't worth it ,maybe if your 16 and just left school it would be fine.
Also we were not even guaranteed a position as it was after all a selection event.

It's hard enough finding work as it is without the humiliation
of this nonsense.
I don't regret leaving the situation i was surprised others didn't follow me ,sometimes you have to vote with your feet,
And it felt good.
I Would of liked ASDA to have been more serious with the candidates and look into changing this American type policy to something more Real and less Corny.
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Old 07-09-2012, 14:48
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Hi all

Im really nervous as I have an interview at Asda thisa evening for the 1st stage asda magic/alan sugar type assessments. I have looked up what to expect, but alot of the posts are a few years old.

Im quite a shy person so i dont think its going to be a good one for me but I really need a job. Has anyone got any recent advice plz and what to expect ie hints etc as crap in interviews

much appreciated
Trudy
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Old 07-09-2012, 14:51
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More recent thread here that might help you

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...highlight=asda

Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2012, 15:18
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Had an interview about a month ago. First off the Asda staff introduced themselves Then you and the person next to you had to ask each other questions chosen by Asda about each other, and then do a little presentation to the rest of the group about that person. After that you are put into a group of 3 or 4 people to do a little task.ours was to build something out of straws, a balloon and Sellotape. It is mainly to see how you work in a team. Just show you can communicate with people,are able to listen. Show confidence but don't be overbearing and you will be fine. Good luck.
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Old 07-09-2012, 15:28
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mine was 6 months ago, very awkward waiting in the asda canteen with staff giving me and the other canditates dirty looks/smirks lol , but we went into a room, watched a few dvd's, then had the staff telling us about themselves and what job they do ect, then we had to team up with the person to your left and find out about each other then stand up and tell the group about that person ect all whilst the staff are watching you and making notes, then we had a tour of the store then we broke off into the departments we applied for, did half hour of work in that department (mine was in the warehouse sorting through stock) then had a one to one interview with that department manager then it was over, at first it felt very awkward but then it seems a doddle, good luck and hope your successful
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:07
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Top tip that no one has mentioned yet (although by now you have probably already had the interview,) is get other people involved who haven't said anything. For instance if you notice someone been quite ask them: "Well do you agree with that?"
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Old 08-09-2012, 15:23
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Wow - I can think of nothing worse.
My partner was made redundent and had an interview with Comet he came back from the "Interview" and was mortified lol. they did the team stuff and stuff. He got the job and has been there 6 years now. A few weeks after the interview he met the one of the guys that run the interview process who said he was dreadful but they gave him the benifit of the doubt. He is now a manager.
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Old 10-09-2012, 00:08
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Oh man I'm gonna sound snobby, but what a lot of effort just to work at Asda, my interview at my local city council was easier than what people have said about Asda here by the looks of it.
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