Application Process & Interviews at Coles

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

Surprisingly fun. Even if I had been unsuccessful, the experience would have been worth it. I liked that the process lasted only one day, and I found out that I had been successful less than 24 hours later
Graduate, Melbourne
Online application form followed by an assessment centre which is broken down into two parts: group based activities and individual activities held in Melbourne.
Graduate, Melbourne

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

In the first half of the day we did some activities, which were designed to show team building & leadership. In the one on one interview we were asked lots of STAR questions e.g. "Tell us about a time you showed leadership"
Graduate, Melbourne
The main impression I got from the interviews compared to other interviews I had been in was that I felt Coles had much more interest in understanding the person I was and not just what was on my resume. I thought that was very humble of Coles.
Graduate, Melbourne
Strengths/opportunities, questions about the supermarket from a customer perspective, etc.
Graduate, Hawthorn East
Why I want to work at Coles, what experiences in my life have helped to shape me, when have I demonstrated leadership and initiated a big change.
Graduate, Melbourne
A lot of behavioural questions such as 'What's been your biggest challenge/failure to date and how did you deal with it?" "What are your weaknesses?� I also had to read a case study and discuss that in my interview.
Midlevel, Melbourne

Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?

Be bold & be brave. Don't hold back if you get through to the assessment centre as if you hold back you won�t be noticed.
Graduate, Melbourne
We are very passionate about living our values and would suggest to read over them and see what resonates with you
Graduate, Melbourne
Truly think about some of the questions you will get asked, so look online and do your research so that you feel confident and ready to go.
Graduate, Melbourne
Look at the vision and mission of the company, know what Coles value and have a good reason why you want to work for the company
Graduate, Tweed Heads
Be yourself. Be energetic and don't doubt yourself. They don't expect you to know everything.
Graduate, Melbourne
Really understand the company and what they're doing strategically in the marketplace. Prepare by reading about the company and visiting stores.
Graduate, Melbourne
As passion is key, the best advice I can give is to find out as much as you can about the industry (incl. competitors) and be able to speak to your desired area of business with conviction (and at length).
Graduate, Melbourne
The best tip I was given was to focus on your ability to work as part of a team. During the assessment stages you're evaluated largely on your ability to work with others cohesively. So be yourself, but also remember they want a team player, if you're trying to be dominant than you're not going to succeed.
Graduate, Melbourne
I have found that all of the successful graduates have a real positive attitude towards working here & that everyone has a genuine interest in what we do here. If you apply at Coles I would suggest you have a passion for retail & the customer.
Graduate, Melbourne