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What is the interview process like at Barnardo's?

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  • For a volunteer there is no interview. You fill in an application form and get invited to an induction which takes about two hours. This involves reading through and signing lots of paperwork and watching a short health and safety video. The interview process for a paid member of staff is quite different. You get invited to an interview. The questions are all predetermined and it's based on a scoring system, I believe. The questions are fairly standard "what would you do in this scenario" / "tell us about your previous retail experience" etc. etc.

  • So easy I had a 5 min interview and got it straight away. Just be yourself. Don't stick to the rubbish u get told for interviews they want to no what sort of person you really are

  • Very robotic, all questions are scripted with very little personal interaction or deviation from the script with the interviewer, they also seemed to be quick to cut off answers to important questions so they can get to the next question which made for an overall shorter than average interview.
    As someone highly experienced in retail charity found their lack of interest in Gift Aid, Volunteer recruitment and generating stock a bit odd, got the feeling the job may have been given prior to interview.

  • No support
    Area manager only interested in sales

  • Formal, questions linked to experience, scenarios, presentation, role play

  • As a previous employee stated interviews can be 'fixed' and decisions already made by managers.

  • Good , but can be a waste of time because some jobs are advertised when they already have a candidate.

  • Yeah good the manager just showed me what to do and how to do it then I was able to do it all my self from then on loved every bit of working

  • Interviews are done on a scoring system .

  • As I stated previously, some Barnardo's stores are as simple as hiring you once you've filled out the application form and they've gone through your references - some stores do not find interviews necessary. Though of those that do, the interview process is much like the interview process for many other employers, a simple face-to-face interview with the store manager, who will ask you questions about your previous experience (though often experience is not necessary to gain a voluntary retail assistant job) and how you think you can benefit the company by working there etc.

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