Aldi Assessment Centre
Aldi is one of the biggest retail companies in the international business market. With an ambitious expansion program, Aldi is one of the largest job recruiters in the UK. Learn more about Aldi's recruitment process and how JobTestPrep can help you get through an Aldi Assessment Centre.
Area Manager Graduate Training ProgrammeAldi is known for its rigorous recruiting of new graduates. One reason for this is because of the high dropout rate it suffers amongst newly hired graduates within the first year. This is because Aldi's one-year graduate scheme is very demanding, with graduates expected to work between 60-100 hours, six to seven days a week. However, this does not come without its rewards. Aldi offers one of the best paid jobs for newly graduates in the UK, with a starting salary of £40,000 (rising to £62,000 after four years), a fully expensed Audi A4, 25 days holiday, pension, health insurance and life assurance. Graduates accepted to this programme benefit from training in many aspects of retail management. They will learn about logistics, buying, property, store operations, leadership and financial administration.
Graduates will begin managing an Aldi store within weeks, and when they are ready they will be given four to six multi-million pound stores to run. Although challenging, those who survive the first year have opportunities to fast-track their careers, with programmes designed to prepare Area Managers for directorship within the next few years.
Assessment ProcessAldi looks for graduates with leadershipskills, those driven by ambition who are ready for real responsibility. Although a minimum of 2.1 is required in your degree to be eligible for applying, Aldi favours those who have done voluntary work, led a sports team in university, or done anything that made him/her go that extra mile in pursuit of individual potential rather than those with just first-class honours.
The assessment process begins with an online application form and questionnaire. This will be followed by two interviews, a telephone interview and a face-to-face interview. You will then be asked to take a numerical and verbal reasoning test. If you pass these stages, you will then be invited to attend an Assessment Centre.
Around twelve candidates will usually be invited to an Aldi Assessment Centre, which will consist of a presentation, group exercise, interview and further aptitude testing. For the presentation, candidates will be asked to deliver a presentation on a topic of his/her interest. Candidates will be given three minutes to prepare and must speak for at least two minutes.
Candidates will then be split into groups and given a topic for discussion. Members will be asked to discuss the topic within the group and to come up with a resolution. One topic that is often picked in Aldi group exercises involves a scenario where you survive a plane crash. Groups may be asked to debate what items would they take from the airplane following the crash and rank the items according to necessity. Assessors will be especially interested in those showing leadership skills, such as leading the discussion, taking notes or summing up the group's discussion.
The group exercise will be followed by some aptitude testing similar to that what was taken before the assessment centre. This time it will also include a personality test. The assessment centre will end with a question & session and interviews. Candidates can ask about the graduate scheme or about the company itself etc. Candidates in turn will be asked about what they know about the company, why they chose Aldi etc. Actively participating and asking intelligent questions will raise your profile among the assessors.
Prepare in AdvanceAldi is one of the largest recruiters in the UK and has recently being ranked as 4th in the Times 100 Graduate Employers ranking. With a lucrative graduate job with attractive wages on offer, competition for places is very high. In order to distance yourself from other applicants, preparing in advance is a must. Leaving ample time to prepare for the assessment process will build your confidence on test day and may improve your performance at the Aldi Assessment Day. JobTestPrep's Assessment Centre practice packs will cover every part of the assessment process with hundreds of practice questions for you to practice with. Start studying now and assure your future career with JobTestPrep.
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