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Coles

4.5
  • 50,000 - 100,000 employees

Application Process & Interviews at Coles

8.6
8.6 rating for Recruitment, based on 33 reviews
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
I had a three stage interview process, a written application, a video interview and then an assessment day.
Graduate, Melbourne
Online assessment, Group assessment centre.
Graduate, Brisbane
Graduate program interview and assessment process is quite different when comparing to other roles. The process started with a series of online assessments and an online interview. Then move on to assessment centres and individual interview.
Graduate, Melbourne
Extensive but worthwhile. Felt I had great insight into the company because of the lengthy process so it was beneficial both ways.
Graduate, Melbourne
Very welcoming and a non-intimidating process.
Graduate, Melbourne
Interview process for graduate program 2020 was super fun. We had to make a pitch on a brief given beforehand, took the pressure off and gave us time to fully prepare and really show case our talents.
Graduate, Melbourne
Online application, psychometric testing, video interview, assessment centre.
Graduate, Melbourne
Graduate intake process is online testing, video interview, and assessment day.
Midlevel, Melbourne
1. Online application 2. Aptitude test 3. Open night 4. Video interview 5. Assessment centre 6. Job Offer
Graduate, Melbourne
Rigorous, each step of the process challenged you to think critically and help tease out the mind-set required to work here.
Graduate, Melbourne
Long process
Graduate, Melbourne
The interview process involved the following: - Online application (resume); - Online psychometric test; - Online interview (record answers to questions set by the team you are interviewing for); - Assessment Centre.
Graduate, Melbourne
While there were quite a few stages, this makes sense as there are quite a number of applicants each year. We were kept informed regularly along the way, so always knew what was coming up and confident as to what to expect.
Graduate, Melbourne
Application, Video interview, Assessment day.
Graduate, Melbourne
The graduate program hiring process was: online application, online video self-interview, psychometric testing, assessment centre and one on one interview.
Graduate, Melbourne
Lengthy and fairly tough
Graduate, Melbourne
Grad application process: 1. Online application with CV and a few additional answers 2. Testing 3. Video interview 4. Full day assessment centre with group based activities and individual interview with case study
Graduate, Melbourne
Online Assessment followed by Video Interview and then Assessment centre. Was relatively smooth and received follow up within 3 business days at every step. AC was group interview of 5 people with Case Study, pre-prepared presentation and one on two interview.
Graduate, Melbourne
There were quite a few steps with different types of assessments at each stage. The final stage was quite daunting as there were lots of group tasks, with some applicants being cut half way through the day.
Graduate, Melbourne
The process was very long but understandable with thousands applying.
Graduate, Melbourne
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
I had a case study and was asked the usual interview questions. The last one was odd though, what was your favourite brand, and why?
Graduate, Melbourne
What I'd do in day to day and unusual situations
Graduate, Brisbane
General interview questions (i.e. previous experience) and some other role specific questions.
Graduate, Melbourne
Basic attribute questions based on change, teamwork, communication, challenges etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
Generic Team work questions, nothing too scary.
Graduate, Melbourne
Typical interview type questions e.g. describe a difficult situation describe yourself How do you work in teams / solo etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
Forward thinking questions about the future of the role on a high level. Problem solving questions.
Graduate, Melbourne
My history, my ambition, reasons for studying Agriculture, past work experiences
Graduate, Melbourne
I was asked questions about: - My studies; - Why I want to work for the company; - An innovative idea I have to make a change to the company; - A time I have shown leadership.
Graduate, Melbourne
Each set of interview questions is tailored to the function you have applied for - whether that be legal, marketing, strategy etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
Was asked to prepare for a case study as well as examples of leadership, teamwork and previous experiences.
Graduate, Melbourne
Cannot remember. However it was slightly different to the norm.
Graduate, Melbourne
How I work in a time, leadership skills, how I respond in certain situations.
Graduate, Melbourne
I cannot remember specifics, but they asked questions that generally required anecdotes about times we displayed certain behaviours or were in particular situations.
Graduate, Melbourne
Why do you want to work in Coles?
Graduate, Melbourne
Behavioural - examples of teamwork, innovation etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
Largely behavioural based questions as well as case study application.
Graduate, Melbourne
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Be sure to take the case study seriously and be polite but constructive throughout the assessment day.
Graduate, Melbourne
Safety conscious
Graduate, Brisbane
Really understands what the company is looking for in a candidate and make sure you are prepared. Most importantly be unique, employers like unique ideas and the way you present your ideas is very important.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be yourself, give it a go and don't stress about it.
Graduate, Melbourne
Before going to the group interview, do some research on Coles imitative especially what the values and strategies are, what sustainability initiatives are operating, implementation of online strategy such as Ocado etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
Don't try to mould yourself to what Coles is, you're more successful if you engage them with your passions.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be a people person, focus on communication.
Midlevel, Melbourne
Be themselves Be open to new ideas and listening to other people during the interview process Attend as many open days as they offer - you never know who you may be talking to at the event - for me I made a good impression and ended up working for the person I talked to at the open night.
Graduate, Melbourne
Understand what their strengths are and how they would adapt to overcome their weakness. What is their critical thinking technique.
Graduate, Melbourne
Think about transferrable skills.
Graduate, Melbourne
I would recommend that you prepare for the online interview and assessment centre by preparing answers to questions about your leadership skills, teamwork scenarios and how you deal with difficult situations or people.
Graduate, Melbourne
Don't be afraid to show genuine excitement for the company you're applying for. Businesses love to see that you're passionate, and it's great to let that shine through.
Graduate, Melbourne
Smile, be yourself, bring an open mind.
Graduate, Melbourne
Ensure you are aware of what role you are applying for and be yourself.
Graduate, Melbourne
It was quite hard to prepare as they were not your usual interview questions. However, be yourself. Probably the best chance of you getting the job.
Graduate, Melbourne
Research the business and understand what is happening in the Grocery market more broadly (e.g. challenges, investments, community engagements, competitor dynamics etc.)
Graduate, Melbourne
Make sure you know who you are and don't try to be someone else. This company champions authenticity and gives works to play to peoples strengths so they are looking to hire people who show themselves honestly.
Graduate, Melbourne
Try to be as genuine as possible, as some contestants were far too eager and talking over other people which came across rude. The company values those who work well in a team environment, finding the balance between contributing good ideas without taking over and dismissing others.
Graduate, Melbourne
Don't apply unless you're willing to adapt to new situations and learn new systems. There are many opportunities however they come and go fast, so don't be slow to adapt to change.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be prepared to be asked a lot of questions and don't get nervous if you give an incorrect answer. It is better to give an answer and show that you have tried than not to give one at all.
Graduate, Melbourne