The Co-Operative Application Form
Co-op is a constantly growing business, and has a lot of different career roles to offer. Generally to work within one of their retail branches, you do not need to have any previous experience, unless you are seeking a management role. You do however, have to be above the age of 18 to be a cashier, as you will be serving customers with cigarettes, alcohol and the lottery.
How to apply
The application is the most competitive part of the whole process, with only 15% of applicants successful. It’s best to print off an extra application form, once you have completed yours, just to refresh your memory for when the interview stage comes. When filling out your application form, keep things specific, and remember that when they are asking about experience, this doesn’t have to be from a previous job, it can be from school or college too. When taking your application form back to your local store, it’s a good idea to attach a copy of your CV and if possible a covering letter, that way your potential employer has as much information about you as possible. Your covering letter is that little extra to sell yourself.
The interview stage, is split into two sections. The first is a 1:1 interview where you will be asked questions about the role, and be asked to give examples of how you would react in different situations regarding the role you are applying for. This stage also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have. The second part is an assessment centre where you will be asked to do a number of group activities to allow the interview assess your team building skills.
Co-op also run a number of graduate schemes, which you can apply for on their website.
Salary at Co-op is negotiated at the interview stage, its advised to do some background research on roughly what is the norm then you know what you will be safe asking for.
QuoteThere is no one right way to get a new job, but there are quite a few wrong ones. So first, make sure you consider all your options. Ask yourself where you are and where you think you can get to. And be realistic.
Then spend some time detailing your skills and experience, while also thinking about what makes you want to do the job in the first place. It can be useful to think back to the ‘highs and lows’ of previous roles and the reasons why you experienced them.
Click here to visit Co-Op career site to learn more and apply for vacancies.