In less than a week more than 1,500 locals applied for the 140 jobs on offer at the new Morrisons store in Dalkeith.
The retailer was recruiting in preparation for the store opening later this year.
The huge demand for positions is partly down to a targeted local recruitment campaign to encourage as many people as possible to apply.
As part of the scheme Morrisons worked with JobCentre Plus and Edinburgh College.
Thirty interview places were guaranteed to young people who passed a pre-employment training course run by the college.