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#153902 12-Oct-2014 11:55
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Hi all,

I am applying for a Christmas Job at The Warehouse to bring in some extra cash over the holiday period. Does anyone know what sort of questions they ask at the interviews? Or what the culture is like at the stores? Just want to be prepared.
Any advice welcome 😃

Thanks,
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  #1152142 12-Oct-2014 12:24
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do you know if its a group interview? i have just been hired at another company for Christmas and we had to answer a questionnaire and do a few tasks they were looking at how we interact with people. and if we were clued up on health and safety ect



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  #1152193 12-Oct-2014 14:05
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ange21: do you know if its a group interview? i have just been hired at another company for Christmas and we had to answer a questionnaire and do a few tasks they were looking at how we interact with people. and if we were clued up on health and safety ect


Not a clue. Limited details given out haha, will read over health and safety stuff, thanks for the idea 😄

 
 
 
 


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  #1152196 12-Oct-2014 14:13
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best advice is be yourself any BS is quickly picked up on and its all down hill from there. 




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  #1152197 12-Oct-2014 14:19
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as long as your keen to learn and to keen do the work, you will be fine

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  #1152216 12-Oct-2014 14:39
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Smile and be polite and good luck :)

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  #1152267 12-Oct-2014 16:12
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Just be prepared...find as much info on the company (just incase you get asked) be confident and open in your manner. All the best.

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  #1152268 12-Oct-2014 16:12
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Big companies are focussing on attitudes and behaviors as much as skills if not more. Be positive, enthusiastic, and show a willingness to contribute to a team will get you a long way. No bull-guano, they will smell that a mile away. Good luck.




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  #1152301 12-Oct-2014 17:42
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Thanks for all the good wishes everyone 😃 I will keep all of your tips in mind and will let you know how it goes 😄

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  #1152305 12-Oct-2014 17:46
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Very basic rule of health and safety

 

Decide how you will manage the hazards. Your priorities are:

 

     

  1. Eliminate the hazard if possible. For example, replace a toxic chemical with a non-toxic substitute or replace a noisy machine with a quieter one.
  2. If you can’t eliminate the hazard then isolate it. For example, fit protective guards around dangerous machinery parts.
  3. If you can’t eliminate or isolate the hazard then minimise it. For example, require people to wear protective ear muffs, hard hats, goggles, masks and boots when working in dangerous areas.
  4. Include a process for monitoring the health and safety of employees exposed to hazards.

 


just remember those 3 words.

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  #1152391 12-Oct-2014 20:49
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Review any people contact experience you have and be prepared to discuss it and raise it if it not on your cv already. Even if it's small stuff unrelated to work like a sausage sizzle or whatever.

You might be asked to think of a situation where you dealt with a difficult person and describe how you handled it. It's a typical retail thing. Think of one now instead of winging it.

Handling money might be important so you could be asked if I bought an item for 23.40 and I gave you a 50 note how much change would you give? Take your time. Yeah the till does all that but many retailers still check for the aptitude.

No inside knowledge here this is just typical retail interview stuff. Be prepared.

Good luck!

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  #1152436 12-Oct-2014 22:15
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Really good tips here and good on you for asking for advice from experienced people. 

Attitude and a willingness to learn are the prime attributes looked for.

Another thought, get a couple of questions prepared. Think about how you might show that you were interested in how their business worked just as they are interested in your attributes. 

Good luck from me, too.

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  #1152460 13-Oct-2014 00:12
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Work ethic. #1.

Flexability. If it's nightfil, the hours are here and there depending on the load and what the normal casuals get offered first.

Usually you will be interviewed by two supervisors that are on during the shift you are applying for the most. So the people you have to work with are the ones that will interview you.

Christmas temp's I thought are being screened all through Snap Hire this year, then the last few will get interviews with supervisors. I doubt you'll run in to the manager, they let the staff do the hiring and make final decisions on other staff recommendation - usually.

If you want to do any other work after Christmas, depending how you get along with other staff for a few weeks you maybe offered a normal casual contract afterwards. Then any other jobs are advertised but usually go to team members internally.

The usual route to getting a job there is Christmas temp or work experience, then normal causal, then after some training you can apply for perminent shifts etc...

Good luck. But just be yourself. Work etthic comes first, enthusiasim second,. Christmas is extremely busy so don't think it's a cruisy job for what you get paid. It's the opposite.

Cheers.








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  #1152463 13-Oct-2014 00:34
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BTW If you're asked, the most important thing is the customer. If you're applying for a day job such as floor or checkout, the moto is love your customer.

Being able to put in to words good examples of what you consider good customer service would be good. Or what has annoyed you shopping at the store you are aware of so you're able to help put yourself in your customers shoes.

One of the most important things if you're considering nightfil is making sure the store is customer ready. This can include stock availability and how important it is for the customer for everything to be priced, and available.

You could also mention or ask about how the shift you'll be doing is structured. IE if it were nightfil when do team members do recovery and work stock, and what are some of the safety aspects to be aware of if working in the stock room etc...

You will be asked why you want the job. Just be yourself on this one. Many staff it's because they need the extra money and aren't affraid to work fast,  some want to further their retail experience etc... but work ethic also trumps. If you can't wait to get busy over the Christmas period with work and opportunites, that'll win hands down.

You'll probably be asked what's the main thing that annoys you as a customer of The Warehouse too towards the end. Be honest on this one, it shows you notice what customers notice. Nothing you say will offend on this one, everyone that works will probably agree with any answer you give to this one. If not, they're happy you've bought it to their attention.



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  #1152515 13-Oct-2014 08:13
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Fabian: Very basic rule of health and safety

Decide how you will manage the hazards. Your priorities are:

 

     

  1. Eliminate the hazard if possible. For example, replace a toxic chemical with a non-toxic substitute or replace a noisy machine with a quieter one.
  2. If you can’t eliminate the hazard then isolate it. For example, fit protective guards around dangerous machinery parts.
  3. If you can’t eliminate or isolate the hazard then minimise it. For example, require people to wear protective ear muffs, hard hats, goggles, masks and boots when working in dangerous areas.
  4. Include a process for monitoring the health and safety of employees exposed to hazards.

 


just remember those 3 words.


I thought the correct three words for H&S in NZ were "She'll Be Right"?





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  #1152519 13-Oct-2014 08:22
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Fabian: Very basic rule of health and safety

Decide how you will manage the hazards. Your priorities are:

 

     

  1. Eliminate the hazard if possible. For example, replace a toxic chemical with a non-toxic substitute or replace a noisy machine with a quieter one.
  2. If you can’t eliminate the hazard then isolate it. For example, fit protective guards around dangerous machinery parts.
  3. If you can’t eliminate or isolate the hazard then minimise it. For example, require people to wear protective ear muffs, hard hats, goggles, masks and boots when working in dangerous areas.
  4. Include a process for monitoring the health and safety of employees exposed to hazards.

 


just remember those 3 words.


I thought the correct three words for H&S in NZ were "She'll Be Right"?


The 2 day H & S courses they run here at work suggest otherwise.

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