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Answers to common questions about applying for a job with Lincolnshire Co-op. Click a question to see the answer.

To apply for a vacancy at Lincolnshire Co-op you need to go online to our jobs page at and browse the posts available by clicking on Vacancies.

To apply for a vacancy you will need to register with an email address.   This is a straight forward process and similar to many other website registration processes.  However, please contact us on 01522 533 316 if this is a problem with this stage of the process.

Please note, we are no longer accepting paper application forms.

The minimum age you must be to work for Lincolnshire Co-op is 16, which is the current school leaving age. However, by law, some jobs require you to be over 18 years of age.  If this is the case we will show this against the relevant role.

It is important that you complete all 6 sections of the application form accurately and in full then submit to Lincolnshire Co-op before the closing date.  We want to receive your application so please make sure that you check the closing date carefully as we will be unable to accept any further applications once the post has closed.

All Personal Details should be entered correctly, and in full.   If you are successful in your application, the details that you have keyed in will be transferred directly to your payroll record.

Please enter your house number and street on one address line. If you have a short address, please enter the county in address line 3.

References - regardless of your situation, you will need to provide details for 2 referees.  If you have not worked before, please give other appropriate references eg school teacher, youth/community leaders, professional contacts etc.

Qualifications – you must enter at least one line in this section.  Details of qualifications are important areas for shortlisting purposes.  If you have achieved qualifications please include them.

Employment History – we need to know what work you have done before to help us choose the most appropriate applicants to invite in for interview.  We are always looking for new talent and if you have not been previously employed, please enter your last education details – you must complete a minimum of one section in this category for your application to be successfully submitted.

If you have gaps in your employment history, there is a section at the bottom of the screen for you to complete with further information about these.

Skills, Experience & Ability should be completed in full and made as relevant to the post as possible.  This is your opportunity for you to tell us how you could meet the requirements for the post. Don't forget to think about and skills, activities or experience you have gained outside of work which are often just as relevant to the qualities we are looking as those obtained within the workplace.

Equal Opportunities – we request that you complete this section as fully as possible. This information is collected for monitoring purposed only and does not form part of the selection process. 

If your application is selected for interview and you have indicated that you need additional support at the interview, the recruiting manager will be notified and  this will be provided to you. 

There is a 'prefer not to say' option in each question should you not wish to answer.

Please note: We reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the original advertised end date should we be in receipt of sufficient applications for that role.

A restricted sales order is given through the authorities, so you will know if you have one of these.

Yes, you can continue to apply for roles with Lincolnshire Co-op and another role may be more suitable to your skills.  Just make sure that you review the information you have entered on the application form so that it is relevant for the post you are applying for.

We always welcome interest from overseas applicants but you'll need to have the right to work in the UK before you can apply for any of our vacancies.   Unfortunately, we can only sponsor work permits for certain roles, due to the UK Immigration Controls.  If you are unsure or need further advice, please visit the UK Border Agency website at or contact us on 01522 533 316 to find out more.

Roles relating to the new store will be advertised on or in the window of the new store.

After the closing date of the vacancy, your application form will be considered by the Recruiting Manager who will assess your suitability based on your skills and experience. If your application is successful at this stage, we will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time for interview.

If, on this occasion, you have been unsuccessful we will contact you by email approximately 4 weeks after the closing date of the vacancy.

An interview usually lasts for approximately 30 minutes and it is an opportunity for you to find out more about us and the role and for us to meet you and to explore your skills and experience relevant to the position you have applied for.  

This is usually a meeting between the Recruiting Manager, another colleague who will act as a note taker and you as the candidate. Interviews may be conducted via telephone, through video-calling or at a face-to-face meeting. 

Sometimes we run an Assessment Centre which involves different sorts of activities and last up to 4 hours.  If you are being asked to attend one of these we will tell you well in advance.

All new colleagues will attend their usual place of work on their first day to participate in our ‘Welcome to the Society’ course’. This training will introduce you to our family of businesses and provide you with lots of information about the Society, your employment, what you can expect from us and what we expect from you.

Every new starter has a minimum 13 week probationary period, when we monitor your performance, suitability, conduct and performance.  Throughout this period the Society will provide you with full support through training and development to ensure you understand how to complete your role correctly.

Lincolnshire Co-op works closely with many schools in our trading area to offer work experience. We welcome requests from schools and students, so please contact People and Performance on 01522 533316 to find out more information.

In our customer-facing roles wearing a uniform is required to demonstrate a positive and professional customer service image. However roles at our Head Office are not provided with a uniform, but smart business-wear is required.

Yes, you can request feedback. Please call the Recruitment Hotline on 01522 533 316 or write to us at:

Lincolnshire Co-op 
People & Performance - Recruitment 
Stanley Bett House 
15/23 Tentercroft Street 
Lincoln, LN5 7DB

Proof of eligibility to work in the UK

As a result of Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act, Lincolnshire Co-op has to make additional checks on all new colleagues. 

For more information download the right to work checklist information sheet below:


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