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Try a mock interview for retail management, answering typical questions and also getting tips on how you should answer. There are also other questions students have been asked at retail management interviews.


RETAIL MANAGERS need stamina as they are likely to be on their feet most of the day, PLANNING and ORGANISING skills to run the store, LEADERSHIP skills to manage a team of staff, DECISION MAKING SKILLS to manage stock, PERSUASIVENESS when dealing with customers and the ability to COOPERATE with a wide range of people.

Below is the sort of the evidence you could give at interview to demonstrate that you had these skills:

Before you arrive ...

Initial retailing interviews may be held on campus, in a store, or at head office. Second interviews are typically selection centres where you will take part in group exercises with other candidates. The questions which follow are ones which are typically asked at retail interviews. You may like to see the multiple choice and general interviews as well for more general interview questions which may be asked. See our Retail Careers Page for more information on this career.

There follow some of the questions that might be specifically asked of students at interviews for teacher training courses. General interview questions are not asked here, so you might also like to try the general or multiple choice interviews as well for standard interview questions that can be thrown at any candidate. Click on "First Question" to begin. Think carefully about how you would answer, then click on "Show Answer Tips" to get an idea of how you should be answering.


Other questions students have been asked at retail interviews

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Commercial awareness questions

Competency Questions. See our competency applications and interviews page for help with these.

There is problem of candidates not explaing the skills they have gained from their work experience. E.g. that working as a sales assistant will involve working in a busy team, providing a quality servive under pressure and dealing tactfuly with customer concerns.

They look for “great work experience” - this includes voluntary work but preferably anything that demonstrates leadership skills and customer service experience (retail, hospitality, call centres etc - anything involving putting the customer first). Also an understanding of what they are applying for and why it is right for them. Why Sainsbury’s?


Hypothetical questions. See our hypothetical questions section for help with these.

Tests given to candidates. See our practice aptitude tests

Group exercises. See our teamwork page

Presentations. See our presentation skills page.

Tips from interviewees


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