Interview Tips

Here, you’ll find some helpful interview preparation tips to ease those interview nerves. Getting the best out of yourself on the day is all down to one thing: preparation.


Getting you on point for your interview

  • Take a look back at your career history. What are the highlights? What have you learned? And how has that helped you move forward? Make sure you can talk confidently about your experience and your achievements when we ask.
  • Research what’s involved in the position. List the skills we’re looking for, and think of specific relevant examples from your background. Get ready to share these with us so we can see what a good match you are.
  • Learn as much as you can about Sainsbury’s. We want to know you’re passionate about what we do and keen to be part of it. Impress on us on your knowledge of our business by reading up on our corporate site ( And don’t forget to keep an eye on the national newspapers and business press.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask us. Get the answers you need to know whether the role is right for you – and whether Sainsbury’s is the right place for your future. It’s crucial you’re able to make the right decision, should you pass the interview and get a job offer.
  • Know what to expect. Typically, our interviews are competency based. This means we’ll ask you to talk about a scenario so we can understand whether you have the right skills to take the position on. Make sure you tell us what the situation was, as well as the action that you took. And what happened as a result. It’s not about your past experience or previous qualifications. It’s about how you step up in certain situations.

Helping you dazzle on the day


Enough time

  • Give yourself enough time to get here. Make sure you know where you’re coming for your interview, and the best way to travel.

Turn up ready

  • Turn up ready. That means being practiced and well prepared. Trust us, you’ll feel confident and more at ease if you do

Take your time

  • Breathe, and take your time. Listen closely to the questions you are asked, take a few moments to think about what you want to say or what example you are going to use, and try to answer the questions fully.

Be yourself

  • Finally, be yourself. We want to meet the real you! And, we really want you to do well.