A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected at the online aptitude tests stage. Get your dream job first time by reading this article, and learning how to improve your chances, by following these key tricks from recruiters.

Lidl is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in NeckarsulmGermany, that operates over 10,000 stores across Europe, and the United States – in which it branched out to in 2017. Due to its size, sustained growth over the last years and other perks, Lidl receive thousands of applications every year. To select the best candidates, recruitment is divided into five stages; a big part of which are online psychometric tests. It is at this stage that at least 60% of candidates get rejected.

Competition is very fierce and so you need to make sure that you perform your best at every stage of the recruitment process – and this is why we prepared this article: to provide you with a step-by-step overview of the best tips to successfully pass the Lidl assessment process. If you plan to apply to Lidl for a professional job or graduate scheme, this text is for you.

These are the 5 steps of the Lidl assessment process:

  1. Lidl Online application
  2. Lidl Online aptitude tests
  3. Lidl First-round interview
  4. Lidl Group assessment
  5. Lidl Final interview


Online Application

The online application form will be used for any future reference relating to your career experiences, main achievements and education. Make sure to fill in all the personal details accurately and always double check.

Based on the area you apply to, you might also be asked to answer a few motivational questions.

 Tip: Always start by doing a lot of research about the company’s: current deals, structural changes it might be going through, and any exceptional awards it has received. Refer to these to show your interest in the company.

Tip: Apply as early as possible, as some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Check your email frequently in case Lidl’s HR department should require any clarification or further details.

You may also be given a chance to attach your cover letter; and so use this opportunity if applicable. Search through examples of successful cover letters online and think how you can persuade Lidl recruiters that you would be an ideal candidate for this job. Outline your strengths and show your determination, and directly say why you think they would benefit from having you on a team.


Online assessments – Online aptitude tests

When your initial application has been screened through, and you successfully pass the initial assessment, you will be invited to sit online aptitude tests.

These will include Lidl’s:

A. Lidl Numerical Reasoning Test

In this aptitude test, you will be presented with a few passages with tables, charts and other types of data presentation, and will be required to quickly analyse the information given and answer questions.

Do not worry if you have not done Maths in a while! All you need is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. Lidl’s numerical reasoning test is difficultnot because of the knowledge tested, but because of the time pressure and stress involved.

Tip: You need learn to manage your stress and time pressure. The most successful way to achieve this, is through numerical test practice in a safe environment – before your real aptitude assessment.

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Have a look at the example of Lidl’s numerical reasoning test questions.

Lidl-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Lidl-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

Lidl-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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B. Lidl Situational Judgement Test

 Lidl’s Situational Judgement Test will provide you with a number of scenarios that you are likely to encounter in everyday work life at Lidl; it will require you to identify the best and worst courses of actions. You will need to use your common sense, and appreciation of what it takes to excel in a professional environment, to give satisfactory responses.

Tip: Lidl’s Situational Judgement Test is written in a way that makes all answers seem desirable. Always bear in mind which response is the most practical and demonstrates the key characteristics of an ideal candidate.

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Lidl-style Situational Judgement Test Example

Lidl-style Situational Judgement Test Example

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First-round Interview

If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to a one-on-one interview with a HR professional from Lidl. This is likely to be telephone-based, and is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest and the potential skills that make you suitable for the particular role that you applied to.

This interview will be competency based (CBI) and will be focused around your CV and personal motivations, so review your CV and prepare examples of situations where you demonstrated key skills of ideal candidates: teamwork, determination, creativity, initiative, resistance, leadership etc.

Examples of questions you might be asked:

  • Why did you apply for this particular role?
  • Tell us about a team project you worked on where you had to deal with a difficult team member, and how you solved this issue.
  • Tell us about the hardest challenge you have been faced with and what you learned from it.
  • Tell us about a time when you had an idea and took measures to implement it into your work.
  • What key skills could you bring to Lidl?
  • Why do you wish to work at Lidl?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Learn more about the most common types of interview questions here

Lidl telephone interview tip: Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Leave a note in your sight to be reminded about the acronym STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.

Prepare a list of the projects you have previously worked on – whether they are from your professional experiences, education, passions, sports or personal experiences. Use STAR to describe what you have done in each of them, and write it down.

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Group assessment

Depending on your position and line of business, in this final stage of the Lidl assessment process you might be asked to complete a number of tasks from the list below.

  • Group exercise

This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, various employees will observe you and how you can solve problems when required to work with others under time pressured conditions.

It is important that you are confident enough to share and argument your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly: speak clearly and never interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical though-provoking questions, but only do so when it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people are just as important on the team.

Learn more about the Group Exercise and tips to successfully pass it

  • Written exercise

This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem, which will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.

Tip: Start by skimming through all of the information in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not start to answer before you form a clear idea of your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

Learn more about the Written Exercise and tips to successfully pass it

  • Role play

 In this task you will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing Lidl. In this task, you will need to display your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

Learn more about role play and tips to successfully pass it

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Final interview

This will be a one-on-one final round interview with an experienced senior person at Lidl or a HR specialist.

It might involve a mixture of competency-based, as well as technical-based, questions. By this point of the recruitment process, you need to have understood: the bigger picture of the industry Lidl operates in, its competitors, the company structure and corporate culture, as well as any recent developments that could be affecting the business.

Tip: Prepare and write down a couple of projects or initiatives that you did exceptionally well in. The interviewer will be interested in understanding: how you approached the problem, any analysis you did, the data gathered, any insights and actions taken, the results achieved, and what your role was.

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Correct answers to example questions:

Numerical Reasoning Test – D



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