The interview process for positions at Lidl has the following basic format:
- Online application
- First Round Interviews
- Presentation by LIDL
- Group interview
- Numeracy test
- Individual interview
- (Work trial) - optional
- Final interview
Note: Depending on the size of the interview group in the first stage, the tasks in the First Round may be divided into to stages, with the one-on-one interview and work trial taking place as a Second Round.
Candidates will submit a brief online application form, and are advised to upload a CV and covering letter in addition. To make your application stand out, try to demonstrate the qualities or competencies that Lidl are seeking in their employees:
- commitment and ambition
Lidl advises that it may take up to 4 weeks after submitting your application to receive a response.
First Round Interviews
The structure of this stage will vary depending on the region, role applied for, and number of people in attendance.
Presentation and Group Interview
The day will begin with an informative presentation made by Lidl, usually in the form of a video or Powerpoint, which will provide candidates with insight into what Lidl does, and how they do it. Candidates will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the Manager/Director, followed by a group interview. This interview is a very general introduction, mainly to establish what you know about the company, and whether you might be suitable for the role.
This test is about 20 minutes in length, and you are not permitted the use of a calculator, though you may use scrap paper if you wish. Basic mathematical principles such as multiplication and division, and reading charts/graphs are the majority of what is tested.
Depending on the role you have applied for, there may also be a verbal test.
This interview may feature one or two interviewers, who will be either Senior Managers or Directors from Lidl. They will ask you questions regardign your CV and work experience, and your knowledge of and motivation for joining Lidl. Questions you may be asked include:
- Why Lidl?
- Why this division?
- What do you know about our company?
- Do you see yourself working at Lidl in the future?
- How many people have you managed before?
- What appeals to you most about this job?
- Explain your understanding of the LIDL product mix.
- Tell me about a suggestion you have made.
- Tell me about a problem you have had with a superior.
- What kind of person would you refuse to work with?
- What skills have you acquired from your previous jobs that would make you an asset at Lidl?
- What is more important for you: the money or the work?
- How are you customer orientated?
- Tell me about yourself academically and socially, any hobbies, other awards or skills you may have.
- What have you got to offer the company?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- How would you deal will employees who are older than you and don't like you because of your age?
- How do you meet the changing demands of customers?
- What changes would you make to Lidl?
- How do Lidl manage to break into other markets?
TIP: Be confident, and don't undersell yourself. Experience is good, but Lidl values potential and enthusiasm, so do not be intimidated if many of the other candidates seem to be older or have more experience than you.
- Come prepared with lots of examples to illustrate your points, and don't forget to ask insightful questions of your interviewer.
In certain positions and locations only, you may also be asked to perform daily in-store tasks such as sorting and shelving , or addressing issues with the store, for up to an hour. You will also be given a tour of the store. Think of this as an opportunity to see if this job is right for you.
Lidl advises that it may take up to one week after submitting your First Round Interview to receive a response.
Once you have made it to this stage, you will simply need to reassure them that you are the right choice for the job. This interview is fairly informal, and will last only about 20 minutes. It is usually with the Sales Operations Manager. You will likely be asked many of the same questions that you were asked in the first interview, so be sure you are consistent, and try to reflect upon what you could have done better in your first interview.