How to Get a Job at ALDI
ALDI phone interviews generally last no more than a few minutes. The average length of time it takes to complete ALDI in-person interviews ranges from about 45 minutes to an hour for group interviews and roughly 30 minutes for 1:1 job interviews.
Final InterviewsThe entire hiring process may last as long as four weeks. The final interview session may serve as negotiation for salary or hourly pay. Workers may also receive job offers during the final interview or simply await a call after ALDI determines hiring status a few days later.
Initial Stages of the ALDI Hiring Process
The ALDI hiring process takes some time to complete. On average, applicants spend roughly two weeks filling out hiring forms and attending job interviews for ALDI employment consideration. The nationwide grocery store chain often implements three stages of hiring, including multiple interviews with district managers and department directors. The interview process may start off with a recruitment call or workers may simply receive invitations to begin face-to-face interviews with ALDI hiring personnel.
Types of In-Person Interviews
Following the initial stages of the ALDI hiring process, applicants move on to the actual in-person sessions to determine eligibility for employment. The grocer may conduct interviews in group or 1 to 1 settings.
Group interviews may feature multiple managers on interviewing panels. Candidates interview with up to 10 to 15 other applicants in somewhat lengthy sessions designed to gauge abilities to interact with others in public settings. In contrast, the one-on-one hiring sessions screen for more professional, work-related traits.
As an Entry-Level Applicant…
Aspiring entry-level ALDI employees may only need to participate in a single job interview, depending on previous experience. Some locations look for entry-level job seekers with past histories in the grocery store industry or retail industry and hire accordingly. Job opportunities like cashier or grocery clerk sometimes take only a week to interview for and feature at most one or two hiring sessions, in total.
What Types of Interview Questions Will I Be Asked?
Applicants typically only respond to very basic and general interview questions due to the informal nature entry-level ALDI interviews sometimes feature. Common entry-level interview questions may include:
Asking questions about operations and specific job duties as well as company culture often shows added interest in the job and may encourage a more favorable hiring determination. More specific entry-level interview questions may cover topics such as:
- “What specific responsibility do you think will prove hardest for you?”
- Why do you think you deserve the position?
- “Say you have stock to put out, a spill to clean up, and a customer asks you a question: how do you go about addressing all of these issues?”
Interview Questions for Managers
More specific interview questions featured during the ALDI hiring process cover education history, personal interest, and scenarios based on retail and grocery store work environments. Managerial hopefuls may respond to interview questions like: How would you describe your managerial style? and Where do you see yourself with ALDI in the next five to 10 years?
Act Professional and Speak Candidly
What Should You Wear?
Wearing formal attire proves necessary for most ALDI positions during the hiring process. The grocery store promotes professionalism in the workplace and insists employees wear presentable clothing and maintain similar appearances at all times.
Strong Communication Skills
Grocery store associates interact with customers regularly and should demonstrate strong communication skills during both group interviews and one-to-one interviews. Speak freely and on subject. Remember to express gratitude for the opportunity to interview for available jobs. Showing self-motivated attributes and willingness to work irregular hours early on also sets candidates apart from other workers during the interview process.
ALDI Stock Clerk Interview Video
Listen to a former employee discuss the interview proceess in the video below.
Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
ALDI Employee: Stock was my basic duty, but if I wasn’t having nothing to stock, I had to find something to do, like push a broom, go outside and get the carts, help people take their bags out to the car.
Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
ALDI Employee: I got along with everybody. The only thing I did was just did my job. And the people were great, so I had no complaints. I left there because I started going to college. It was a good environment for me. I liked it. It gave me a lot of work experience around older people. It was great.
Interviewer: What was your favorite part about working there?
ALDI Employee: I liked what I was doing. I wasn’t trying… it was an easy job to me. I was young, so I just did what I had to do and got paid for it.
Interviewer: Please describe a typical day as an employee.
ALDI Employee: I would get there right when they opened up. I would go and take the trash out, then I would tear boxes down, break boxes down. Then after that, whatever needed stocked on the shelves, I would do that. And basically once I got done with that, it was freelance. Go outside and pick up paper in the parking lot, get the carts and put them in the right places. That’s about it.
Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
ALDI Employee: It was a basic application: name, address, hours, work experience. I sent it in, and they called me two days later. I came in, talked to them. They said they’d give me a call. They called me like three hours later to tell me I could start the next day. He asked me what day I could start. I said I could start tomorrow, and I was there.
Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
ALDI Employee: “Do you want to work?” Yes, I did. It was a simple application process. Also, don’t get caught taking nothing. If you see somebody taking something, report it to the manager. Stuff like that. But it’s just a simple, basic process.
Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
ALDI Employee: Just be yourself, do you job, be patient, and be courteous.