How to Apply for a Job at Sainsbury’s

how to apply for a job at sainsburys

Sainsbury’s is one of the largest and most successful retailers in the UK. With more than 1,400 stores across the country, we have gone from strength to strength since we first began as a small independent shop in London in 1869.

Now, we want you to enjoy our success with us as part of our team. We’re always looking for talented individuals to work in our stores – so if you’re wondering how to apply for a new job that is rewarding, varied and challenging, please read on. We’re about to explain how to apply for a job at Sainsbury’s and how to launch your exciting new career.

We’ll include details of the straightforward Sainsbury’s job application process and interview arrangements, and we’ll also let you know how long you’ll wait until you know the outcome.

So, where do you start?

Stage 1 – Initial Application 

1. The search

The first step in the process is to visit our Sainsbury’s recruitment site to find the right role for you by searching through our vacancies.

To start searching for your dream role, you’ll need to input a description of the position you’re looking for into the search box. For example, this could be ‘customer service’, ‘part-time’ etc.

Then, you’ll want to input your location to find the closest available roles to you. You can do this by entering your postcode into the second box.

Once you’ve filled out both boxes, you’ll need to click ‘search’ and then start browsing the roles we have available in your region.

Once you’ve found a position that looks right for you, read through the job description to make sure you match the criteria, then click “apply” at the foot of the page. You’ll be directed to a form where you can enter your details.

2. The form

Fill in the form to start up your personal Sainsbury’s job application process. 

It’s important to make sure you complete all relevant fields with information that is correct and up to date. You may be required to upload documents, such as an up to date copy of your CV.

The application form will ask you questions about your employment history, education history and so on. You’ll also be asked to answer a few scenario-based questions so we can determine how you would handle certain situations. 

3. The assessment

After you’ve submitted your online application form, you may be asked to fill out an online assessment.

Depending on your chosen position, there may be one or more assessments, including a verbal or numerical reasoning test, a personality questionnaire or a situational judgement test.

Stage 2 – The Interview 

1. The invitation

Once we’ve received your completed application form and the results of your online assessment, we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can – usually within 48 hours – to inform you whether you have succeeded in securing an interview. You will most commonly receive this information via email but you can also check your correspondence by us by logging into your Sainsbury’s Jobs account and heading to ‘My Job Page[1] ’ then clicking on the ‘View Email Messages’ hyperlink under the position you applied for.

If the role you have selected is in one of our retail stores, we will usually ask you to arrange your interview online by following the link included in the email to our scheduling centre, where you can choose from a list of dates and times available. For positions in Store Support Centres, you’ll typically receive correspondence from a member of our recruitment team.

2. The big day 

When it comes to the day of your interview, remember to be on time and dress smartly. Relax and answer all questions fully and honestly. Our team members are there to make you feel at ease throughout the process.

3. The outcome

Once your interview is complete, we will strive to get in touch to let you know the outcome within the next 48 hours. However, in circumstances where our recruitment specialists are quite busy – this may be a little longer. 

You’ll usually receive this information via email if you have interviewed for a retail job, but you may receive a call if you have applied for a position at a Store Support Centre or any other role.

If you’ve applied for a retail position, this is the stage at which you will usually find out whether you have got the job! If successful, you will receive your contract via email, which you will need to review and accept. Once accepted, you will then receive a further email to complete the onboarding process and become a Sainsbury’s colleague.

Stage 3 – Final Stage Assessment

1. The next step 

If you have applied for a Store Support Centre role or any other position that is not based in one of our retail stores, you may be required to attend a second interview or complete another assessment. This final step helps us to pick the individuals who we know will shine in their new position.

You may be asked to prepare a brief presentation or complete a case study to help us understand a little more about how you work and what you will bring to our team.

Stage 4 – Decision Time 

If you have applied for any role that isn’t retail-based, this is the point at which you’ll receive our decision.

If you were successful in your interview and assessment, you will receive an email with a link to review and accept your contract – so be sure to thoroughly check your correspondence to make sure you don’t miss it. 

Don’t delay – if you’ve been successful, you’ll need to accept your new role within 3 days. We’ll arrange a start date with you, and then you’ll be ready to begin your training! Congratulations!

It’s not unusual to feel a little confused – and slightly nervous – when trying to work out how to apply for a new job. Luckily, the team at Sainsbury’s relies on a tried and tested method that is clear and easy to follow, minimizing the stress involved.

To summarise:

  •     Stage 1 sees you selecting a position from our job site, filling in the form, providing any attachments we require and completing an online assessment if necessary.
  •     Stage 2 is the first interview stage, where you’ll respond to our interview invitation, attend the interview at your chosen date and time, and then wait to hear back from us – usually within 48 hours.
  •     Stage 3 is mainly relevant to those who have applied for a Store Support Centre position. Here, you may need to attend a second interview or complete a final assessment.
  •     Stage 4 is the decision! Here, you’ll find out whether you’ve been successful and receive and sign your contract. Remember, you have 3 days to confirm!

Now you know how to apply for a job at Sainsbury’s, are you ready to start searching? You can find our dedicated job site here.