Retail Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Retail

Application Advice: Be authentic and don't be afraid to have an edge! Personality and affability is important at POL.
Interview Advice: Customers, customers, customers!
at Post Office
Application Advice: You must be a people person with a strong understanding of customer service and how to implement it. A passion of wine is also a plus.
Interview Advice: Important to be able to talk about customer service experience. Have a proper understanding of the Majestic offering which can be gained from the website. I'd advise visiting your local Majestic branch with some pertinent questions for staff there to get a better understanding of the day to day role. Research how to sell a particular red and white wine.
Manager, at Majestic Wine
Application Advice: It is all about customer service.
Interview Advice: Enthusiasm.
Manager, at Majestic Wine
Application Advice: Do your research about what you want from the role and how important self awareness and development is to you. Knowing your own strengths and development areas is key.
Interview Advice: Try and give answers from different areas of your life that display different skills and experiences eg; team work, ability to adapt to suit the needs of others, leadership, overcoming a challenge to achieving a great result, commercial awareness. Using the SMART model will help to structure answers but I would advise against scripting your answers.
Retail Management Graduate, at Boots
Application Advice: Boots hire on behaviours so just be yourself in your application.
Global Brand Portfolio Review Manager, Global Brands at Boots
Application Advice: Always be open, honest and most importantly be yourself.
Store Manager, at Boots
Application Advice: Be yourself, and be friendly and polite to everyone at the assessment day. It's not necessarily important to have the loudest voice in the room.
Interview Advice: At the assessment centre, I had to complete a negotiation task, a maths test and a group challenge as well as an interview.
Project Manager, Programme Managment at Boots
Application Advice: Be passionate. Do you research and know your numbers
Management Trainee, Marketing at L'Oreal
Application Advice: Be confident in your ability and be specific about your experience, lead the interview to your strengths and make sure you aren't just reeling off information- it is important to show you are social and a good communicator at L'Oreal
Interview Advice: See above.
Retail social media assistant manager, Communications at L'Oreal
Application Advice: Save yourself and don't apply.
Branch Manager, at Enterprise Rent-A-Car