You can apply for all Co-op jobs on this website. For most jobs it will take you around 5 minutes to complete your application. You’ll also need to complete an online assessment which will take around 12 minutes (although for some roles you’ll need to complete two online assessments).
If you’ve never applied for a Co-op job before you’ll need to create an account for our careers website. This won’t take long (around 3 minutes), and once you’ve created your account you’ll be able to login automatically and complete your job application. You’ll also be able to use your account to complete future job applications more quickly.
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As part of your application you’ll need to complete an online assessment which will measure how well your behaviours, values and motivations match up to our Co-op culture. This test was designed based on qualitative and quantitative research that included colleagues from all Co-op businesses.
The test will take around 12 minutes to complete, and you’ll need to finish it before you can submit your application.
For certain roles in our retail operations and Funeralcare operations teams, you will also need to complete a test that measures your basic suitability for the job you’ve applied for.
If you’ve applied for a role in our stores, funeral homes or some roles in our logistics depots, you’ll get a phone call if you’re shortlisted for the next stage. During this call we’ll double check you meet the minimum requirements for the role, and you’ll be able to ask questions about the job you’ve applied for.
If you’ve applied for a role in our head office, legal services team, or certain specialist and leadership roles across the Co-op, you’ll be invited to record a video interview if you meet the minimum criteria. During this process you’ll find out more about the job you’ve applied for, and record a short video answering some text based questions set by the hiring manager. It’s a great opportunity to tell us why you’re right for the job and why you want to work for Co-op.
We know video interviews are unfamiliar to many people – watch our top tips for video interviews to help you prepare.
If you’re selected to attend a face to face interview, for many roles you’ll be able to schedule your interview online. For some roles you’ll get a call from one of the team to book you in.
Co-op uses behavioural interviews to assess candidates for all our roles. In a behavioural interview you’ll need to provide specific examples from your current or previous jobs that demonstrate how you behave in certain situations. We’ll analyse your answers to predict how you would perform in the job you’ve applied for.
Before your interview, we’ll send you a guide on how to prepare, so nothing on the day should surprise you. We’ll also let you know which documents you need to bring to your interview to prove that you’re eligible to work in the UK.
If you’re successful at your interview, you’ll get a phone call from a Co-op colleague to talk you through your job offer. If you verbally accept our offer we’ll send you an e-contract, and once you’ve accepted this online we’ll be able to process your offer and do any necessary pre-employment checks, after which your Co-op journey will begin!
If you’re not successful in your interview we’ll provide you with constructive feedback should you request it. This feedback will help you to prepare for future assessments at Co-op and other organisations, and we strongly recommend all candidates request feedback if they are unsuccessful at face to face interview.
Before you interview
Do some research. Have a look at some Co-op websites and make sure you understand who we are and what we do.
There isn't a set format for our interviews, but there are some questions you can probably get ready for.
If we offer you a job, we'll need to do some pre-employment checks before you start with us. Make sure you read any paperwork we send you before your interview, and bring along any documents you might need on the day.
We might ask you things like:
Why do you want to work for Co-op?
Why do you want this job in particular?
What makes you a great candidate for this job?
What's your proudest achievement, and why?
Before your interview
Double check where your interview is taking place and when you need to be there, so you can make sure you arrive on time.
Think about what questions you would like to ask us. We want to get to know you. But we also hope you’re interested in getting to know us.
Try to keep calm. We want you to succeed, so take a breath before you answer. And don’t forget to turn your mobile phone off.
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