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Aldi is a leading global discount supermarket chain with over 9,000 stores in over 18 countries, and an estimated turnover of more than 50bn. Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother's store in Essen which had been in operation since 1913; it is one of the world's biggest privately owned corporations. The brothers built up a chain of stores until, by 1960, they owned 300 shops, and split the operation into two separate groups, that later became Aldi Nord, headquartered in Essen; and ALDI Süd, headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The two operate independently, each within specific areas. In 1962 they introduced the name Aldi (short for Albrecht Diskont), which is pronounced  Aldi (help·info) (aldi ) in Germany. Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have been financially and legally separate since 1966, although both divisions' names may appear (as if they were a single enterprise) with certain house brands or when negotiating with contractor corporations. The formal business name is ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Compagnie, oHG. The individual groups were originally owned and managed by brothers Karl Albrecht and Theo Albrecht. Karl Albrecht (d. 2014) retained ownership of Aldi Süd, and with a personal wealth of 17.2 billion, was the richest man in Germany, while the co-owners of ALDI Nord, Berthold and Theo Albrecht Jr., follow close behind at 16 billion. Dieter Schwarz, owner of Lidl and Kaufland came in third, with a fortune of 11.5 billion. ALDI's German operations consist of Aldi Nord's 35 individual regional corporations with about 2,500 stores in western, northern, and eastern Germany, and Aldi Süd's 31 regional corporations with 1,600 stores in western and southern Germany. Internationally, ALDI Nord operates in Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, the Iberian peninsula, and Poland, while ALDI Süd operates in Ireland, Great Britain, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, and Slovenia (ALDI Süd operates as Hofer within the latter two countries mentioned). Both ALDI Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the USA; Aldi Nord is owner of the Trader Joe's chain while Aldi Süd operates as Aldi. According to a 2002 survey conducted by the German market research institute Forsa, 95% of blue-collar workers, 88% of white-collar workers, 84% of public servants, and 80% of self-employed Germans shop at Aldi. One of ALDI's direct competitors, both nationally and internationally, is Lidl.

What to Expect When Interviewing

Employment applications for Aldi may be given in person at Aldi or online. There is a screening process that gauges math and language abilities as well as personality traits, to ensure that you'll be a good fit at Aldi. After the application is delivered there is normally a 1-4 week wait before the first interview. The majority of applicants get a phone interview prior to an in-person interview. Applicants typically report that the personal interview process is fast to moderate in duration depending on the position at Aldi. Questions included how to cope with stressful situations and comfort in helping customers. All new employees are required to take a mandatory training course. There also may be a drug screening.