The process was very thorough and quite pressured. There were tasks to test your teamwork and communication skills, and then a series of psychometric, numerical, verbal and non-verbal tests. After that, I had an interview with the MD and another Director, which gave me the chance to express my personality.
You get a great deal of responsibility. After six weeks of in-store training, you’re an Assistant Manager, with the keys to a £multi-million business. You’re responsible for the staff, customers, ordering stock and sales.
“In the stores there’s a positive, family atmosphere – everyone sees the store as their business, so they all pull together.”
I think your expectations are set very high from the off. Aldi tell you that you’ll be running a store after six weeks – and you are. But I wasn’t expecting the respect I got. You‘re not just in the role of an Assistant Manager, you’re treated like one.
In the stores there’s a positive, family atmosphere – everyone sees the store as their business, so they all pull together. Working in a team with the other Industrial Placement students was really good because we could share experiences and learn from each other.
The placement gives you a definite advantage when it comes to applying for the graduate scheme. You skip some of the application process – although you still compete on merit. And with the experience and skills you learn, you should be able to get a job, even if not at Aldi.