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Responsibility:
3.5/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
3.8/5
 
Career Progression:
3.7/5
 
Colleagues:
4.1/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.4/5
 

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Application Advice:

Passion for retail, eager to learn, flexible, good customer service skills, organised.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and most importantly be yourself, don't try to pretend your different to how you really are.

Assessment centres change every year but format will usually consist of a group exercise, individual interview and a presentation on a product range in the store.

Retail Management Graduate, Store Management at Boots
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Application Advice:

Don't be put off by the various stages of the application, they are all designed to best showcase your skills, rather than trip you up.

Interview Advice:

Boots want to get to know you as a person, rather than your degree specifically. Be enthusiastic, open-minded and just be yourself.

Assistant Brand Manager, Global Brands at Boots
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Application Advice:

Consider the values and history of Boots.

Interview Advice:

Customer at the heart of everything.

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Application Advice:

Be ready to drive your own development and work over your hours without getting them back.

Store Manager, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Always think about the customer.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, I spent half my interview talking about travelling the previous summer - they are looking for brilliant people rather than scripted answers to the usual questions.

Brand Manager, Own Brand at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - Boots want people who not only will be good at their job but will also fit into the Boots culture.

Interview Advice:

My first interview question was: 'What are you most passionate about?'
Another question was: 'What do you think is the future of the retail environment?'

Assistant Digital manager for Boots Ireland, Irish Commercial team at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be honest.

Interview Advice:

Show your leadership qualities.

, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and share your passions/ what motivates you.

Interview Advice:

Interviews are as much about you understanding if Boots is right for you as it is the company assessing your fit - take some comfort from this.

Assistant Manager, Supplier Strategy at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, but make sure you show enthusiasm for learning and developing, and an open mind.

Interview Advice:

Think about your skills, your hobbies and how you build relationships with people.

Assistant Marketing Manager, Media Partnerships at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, the Boots culture is one of a kind so it is key to understand if your personality will fit in.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared. It's really obvious when you are unprepared. Be honest about your ambitions and what attracts you to the scheme / company.

Graduate, Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - there is no set person that Boots are looking for.

Interview Advice:

Why Boots? Tell me a time where you lead a team? What makes a great leader? Tell me a time you went above and beyond for someone? Tell me a time where you have had to change a plan at last minute? Why this particular role/graduate scheme?

Assistant Commercial Planning Manager, Commercial In Year Planning at Boots
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Interview Advice:

Practice for competency questions.

, at Boots
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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
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Application Advice:

I would recommend spending a lot of time on your application to make sure it is perfect and shows off your skills well because this is the first thing they will read about you.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality as much as you can as Boots are looking for people who would be happy at Boots and fit in well so it's a good idea to be yourself, nerves go away straight away because everyone is so friendly so you can really do well in the interview process.

Supply chain and Logistics graduate, Graduate scheme at Boots
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Application Advice:

Always be open, honest and most importantly be yourself.

Store Manager, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Boots hire on behaviours so just be yourself in your application.

Global Brand Portfolio Review Manager, Global Brands at Boots
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Application Advice:

Focus on the customer at all times.

Assistant Buying Manager, Heathcare at Boots
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Application Advice:

Before applying make sure you know what really drives you and what you have a passion for. Take time with your application and be clear on why Boots is the place for you!

Interview Advice:

Do your homework! Visiting a store and our competitors is an absolute minimum, remember Boots is part of a much bigger group (WBA) and in finance you will be working for many of the other divisions, so don't just focus on Boots!

Financial Analyst, Finance – Alliance Healthcare Portugal at Boots
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Application Advice:

Know the company inside out from the material you are given to do research, as well as your own. Read about how the current graduates are doing in their role to see if anything excites you about their role and the programme.

Interview Advice:

Be confident with your body language by making eye contact when speaking to the interviewer or any other people you may encounter during your interview. You do not have to know everything about Boots or Finance, but have a willingness to learn and come prepared.

Assistant Finance Manager, Financial Accounting at Boots
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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
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Application Advice:

Be honest and yourself during the interviews. Boots hires for fit as opposed to purely on skills.

Project Co-ordinator/Data Migration, Supply Chain Delivery at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be honest focus on the work and life experience you have, not job specific, but the transferable skills you've gained.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, and relax don't rush.

IT Graduate, Service Introduction at Boots
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Application Advice:

Practice the maths tests beforehand, practice makes perfect!
Just try to be honest and authentic.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, I think Boots really value authenticity and real enthusiasm.
Research the history and future of Walgreens Boots Alliance and understand our values and what drives us as a business.
Remember to smile!

Finance Analyst, Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be flexible with location and working patterns - if that's not possible, then the role is not right for you.

Be honest and be yourself - Show passion for the company and the sector.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared with competency based answers and experiences.

Work as a team in exercises, how you get to the end is more important that the outcome of the task.

Trainee Store Manager, Health and Beauty at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be honest with your application as many of the questions are to test your personality traits and how this matches with the company ethos. Don't answer the questions with what you think the company wants but actually what is a genuine perception of you.

Interview Advice:

Come prepared and be knowledgeable about boots-they pride themselves on their heritage therefore it is important to understand what our company truly stands for and what we market lead.

Store Manager, Manager at Boots
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself and don't worry if you don't have a finance background, Boots are looking for more rounded individuals so be sure to include any retail experience you may have and try and show why you're passionate about what we do!

Interview Advice:

Most of the interviews are competency based however a store visit to one of our stores and our competitors would be helpful. Don't forget we're more than just retail so do your homework on the wholesale side of the business too!

Commercial Finance Analyst, Boots/Boots International/Boots Opticians/Alliance Boots at Boots
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Application Advice:

Answer the question being asked rather than using generic responses for all applications. Be clear on why you are applying to Boots specifically.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself!

Assistant Customer Proposition Manager, Pharmacy at Boots
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Application Advice:

This career will be for you if you want to learn applicable leadership skills to an extremely high standard. Like all companies, this only comes to those who apply themselves, however the graduate programme offers support, networking and some fantastic opportunities for those who do well. There is immediate exposure to some of the top senior leaders, who all have time to listen to what you have to say. If you can picture the future, want to grow as a leader and do so whilst building strong experience in a corporate company, this is certainly for you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, speak your mind, and listen to what people have to say. First impressions are extremely important, so smile, but know that interviews only (usually) come once, so make the most of this great opportunity!

Trainee Store Manager, Stores, North Yorkshire at Boots
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Application Advice:

- Take your time, make a plan. The application requires a lot of writing about your skills and what you have done, so make sure you write in a structured way.
- Don't be economical with the truth; if you haven't climbed mount Everest, don't say you have!

Interview Advice:

- Be honest! I was very honest in my interview; I am of the opinion that if they don't like YOU then it's not the right company for you. Answer their questions without overthinking your answers - they are looking for genuine people who aren't answering th

Stores Communications Assistant Manager, Stores Communications at Boots
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Application Advice:

Bring a wealth of experience in and apply it to the role you're interested in, regardless if you are from a different academic background. Apply the soft skills you have gained from uni, work experience, extracurricular and relate it to the skills you'll be needing at work.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, and be open about your experience, sell yourself but without being arrogant. The interviewer is genuinely interested to hear what you have to say and make sure that you're a good fit for the company as well as the company being a good fit for you, so just be yourself!

Be interested in the company, its history, its brands, research it and explain how you feel you could contribute. Know the scheme you're applying to well and ask questions about it, show your interest.

, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Go in with an open mind - always be prepared to learn something new

Interview Advice:

Research the company and their culture - what do they stand for? Who does Boots represent?

Trainee Store Manager, East Berkshire at Boots
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself! The application was not as complicated as other companies I applied for so just be completely honest.

Interview Advice:

Again, just be yourself! Boots hire on behaviours, so if you demonstrate a willingness to learn and an ability to connect and engage with people in an inspiring way then you are on the right track.

Assistant Manager, Commercial – Brand/Buying/Marketing at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be authentic, show your passion for retail and the customer, and take your time to do everything correctly.

Interview Advice:

Be authentic, and work collaboratively with the other candidates. Make sure you do lots of research on the company, departments & strategy as well as focusing lots on the pre-interview tasks.

Assistant Manager, Trading at Boots
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Application Advice:

Know the kind of person/leader you want to be. If you get through to assessment centre it is really informal and relaxed at times and this is to give you a real opportunity to just be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Again just be yourself and remember to be conscious of others in your group and make sure you aren't trying to hard to look like a leader. This can sometimes be detremental to your performance.

Store Manager, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be honest and answer the questions using real examples. As long as you have completely explained your examples and can demonstrate the behaviours asked for in the question, you will have answered the question.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, which sounds cliche but is the best advice! Make sure you speak but also listen to others.

Buying Manager, Trading at Boots
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Application Advice:

Apply as soon as possible!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself at the assessment centre. You don't need to be overly corporate and straight faced - Boots like people with a personality too.

Downstream Analyst, Control de Gestión at Boots
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Application Advice:

- Be confident in your knowledge of what Boots does and what it means to work in Supply Chain.

- Demonstrate a pro-active nature and willingness to share your ideas with others.

Interview Advice:

- Go in with a strong idea of current challenges within retail and current trends in supply chain.

- Be prepared to answer questions about how your work and what makes you 'tick'. Understand how you would fit in with the Boots culture.

Supply Graduate, Retail Supply at Boots
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Application Advice:

Research the company thoroughly. Make sure you understand the changes that are going on, and understand the rest of the retail environment. Also, definitely visit some Boots stores (I'd recommend going to different sized stores to get a good understanding). Have a good understanding of the different exclusive and own brands.

Interview Advice:

Although experience is a bonus, Boots place a lot of emphasis on you as a person and look for your ability to be a future leader, so make sure you let your personality shine! Be confident and work as a team where possible. For the commercial scheme there are negotiation tasks as well as written tests and group tasks, so try and practice if possible.

Assistant Marketing Manager, Loyalty Marketing at Boots
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself! A lot of the application is about behaviours that they would like to see from future leaders so try to be as natural as possible. Putting a false persona on won't last long if you get the job anyway so best to be yourself as early as possible.

Interview Advice:

As above!

Graduate rotation, Global Brands at Boots
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Application Advice:

Do your prep, show an interest.
Have work experience ahead of applying, ways in which you can demonstrate that you possess a host of skills.

Interview Advice:

Do your prep and you'll be fine.

Development Manager, Supply Chain at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be honest about who you are, Boots hires the person, not just the CV. You need to be enthusiastic and friendly and passionate about the role.

Interview Advice:

Again, be open about yourself. Rehearsed answers are obvious and don't go down well. Be well prepared and think long and hard about why you want this role and why you want to work for boots in particular.

Graduate, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Assessment centre is a long day but largely similar to others. Prepare well if asked to visit a store to research.

Interview Advice:

Neogtiation, maths test, team challenge & interview

Project Manager, Project Management at Boots
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Application Advice:

Know Boots culture and the top brands.
Previous experience of Supply Chain is not a must and regardless of degree title, you should consider applying!

Interview Advice:

Your general competency questions
Also some problem solving questions: e.g. if the one road outside of the distribution centre for online deliveries was blocked then what would you do?

Supply Chain and Logistics Graduate Scheme, Supply Chain at Boots
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Application Advice:

Research the company as much as possible both within the UK and internationally.
Spend time looking at competitors too and seeing how WBA compare to them.

Interview Advice:

Boots love individuality, don't waste time on buzzwords.

operations graduate, loss reduction at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and do your research on the market place and competitors. Boots are looking for people who are confident in their decisions, but who will also work well within a team environment. Take your time with the written part of the initial application, and make sure you are answering the question. The Brand, Buying and Marketing Graduate Scheme will give you an all-round insight to how the business works from different angles. Be prepared for hard work, but a great return when you see your ideas come to life.

Interview Advice:

Boots are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in Retail and have a passion for developing their skill set. As mentioned previously it is important to be yourself, and don't panic if you can't answer a question immediately. Be efficient with your time when given tasks on the Assessment Day, but also make sure you get your point and personality across. Focus on what all aspects of the scheme mean in general, and how it relates to the end process of product onto shelf.

Assistant Trading Manager, No7 at Boots
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Interview Advice:

Its all about matching your values and behaviours to the company!

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Application Advice:

They're looking for people, not for qualifications. Sell yourself rather than selling what you've done.

IT Graduate, Retail Architecture at Boots
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Application Advice:

I was offered a place as a result of a successful Year in Industry placement, so could either go for that route, otherwise just do your homework on the market, company, history, CSR & larger group activity.

Interview Advice:

Favourite Boots brand, who are the main competitors etc.

Assistant Brand Manager, Boots Pharmaceuticals at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. There is no point trying to be something you aren't - if Boots is right for you then you will be right for Boots. There are lots of rounds to the application process which may seem daunting but stick at it it's worth it in the end.

Interview Advice:

Don't worry about being overly formal. The assessors are more interested in seeing the real you and understanding where your interests lie. Don't be afraid to ask questions and find out if you like the sound of the company and the role.

Assistant Brand Manager, at Boots
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know what you want to do, research the company and most importantly be yourself

Interview Advice:

Preference for likeable, natural people who aren't trying to give answers they want to hear. Likeability and honesty counts for a lot. You should research the company and have a good idea of how they work operationally in both a national and global context

Assistant Customer Experience Delivery Manager, Marketing at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be able to think commercially around figures you are asked to calculate/analyse in your assessment centre.

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Application Advice:

- Understand why the supply chain is at the heart of customer care.
- Be clear in your knowledge of Boots brands and their place in the Health & Beauty or Pharmaceuticals market.
- Show a willingess to learn and work with others; teamwork has been a k

Interview Advice:

- Prepare store visits thoroughly and be prepared to answer questions about product range and availability in store.
- Show your personality in the interview and allow yourself to talk about your personal interests.

Supply Chain and Logistics Graduate, Retail Supply at Boots
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Application Advice:

Note all relevant international experience on your CV, a strong CV was crucial to applying for this role.

Interview Advice:

You will be given a presentation to prepare and then there are a series of different activities on the assessment day. The best advice is to be yourself!

Commercial Finance Assistant, Boots International at Boots
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Application Advice:

Just be yourself... easy to say? That's what I was thinking originally but during the application process, both interview and assessment centre, the interviewer and assessors were always friendly and weren't trying to trick anyone. The interview on both days was more conversational rather than simply question, answer, next question done! This just made me relax and talk more about my experiences and be myself

Interview Advice:

Why Boots?
Why the area you're applying to?
Competency questions.
If you could advise Boots to do something differently to improve its performance, what would it be?

Questions that you may have about the company

Finance graduate, Pharmacy Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

Just be as honest as you can, those you come into contact accross the process are extremely friendly and helpful but will know instantly if you're not being genuine. They look for people with a real interest in retail and most importantly health (we're pharmacy led after all!).

Interview Advice:

Really do your research on the market, our competitors and potential opportunities, if you are knowledgeable you can really direct where your interview goes!

Financial Analyst, Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

My advice would be to show a balance of professionalism and personality. People at Boots are very friendly and approachable, so you need to seem like you'll fit in the team. However, you also have to show that you're capable of doing a good job, and would take your responsibilities seriously, as you will be trusted with a lot of responsibility on the graduate scheme. It's also good to show that you'd be passionate about the brand and our products.

Interview Advice:

Don't worry if you don't have brilliant commercial knowledge - you're not expected to. You just need to show that you have the potential to learn, and that you have the right attitude. Be open and friendly, share your ideas in a positive way, and keep thinking about what would be best for customers.

Assistant Marketing Manager – In Store Events, Marketing at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be happy, Alliance Boots like genuine people!

Graduate, Group Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

In Boots it is all about the customer and providing the best customer care to help people look and feel their best. Keep this in your mind all the time and you will be alright!

Interview Advice:

Know your company history, consider the customer (being a customer in a store or a customer within the business) at the front of your mind.
Work with everyone in the room, Boots like people that bring out the best in others.

Graduate, IT at Boots
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Application Advice:

Really show and explain why you want to work for Boots, double check for no spelling mistakes. If using a very similar answer to an application question from any other companies make sure you check you haven't included that company's name rather than Boots!

Interview Advice:

Do your research so that you can talk with confidence about Boots and the wider Group, especially as there is a potential merger with Walgreens, at least be aware of this and think of some questions around that.

Commercial Finance Analyst, Commercial Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

research the company really well and make sure you know who the key competitors are

Interview Advice:

Be friendly - Personality seems to be really important in the recruitment process.

Assistant Brand Partnership Manager, Brand Partnerships at Boots
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Application Advice:

Understand the retail and FMCG market but more importantly think about the customer's needs and wants

Interview Advice:

Have concrete examples for any interview question, be prepared to be assessed by some senior figures in the business and use the day to understand if Boots is right for you.

Assistant Brand Manager, Brand at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. If being positive, open and honest is something you find difficult, you will find your time here incredibly wearing as they are difficult characteristics to fake. The culture isn't for everyone (it can be considered slightly less formal than a traditional corporation,) and you should pay this serious consideration.

Interview Advice:

Be honest. They appreciate that you probably haven't had any similar experiences before and that you will have a lot to learn when you arrive. It is your openess and receptiveness to this that is important. Relax, they genuinely want to see who you are and what you are like. It's in your interest to show them that, as actually it may be that you would not 'settle in' to the culture. It's better to know that from the Assessment Day (by really experiencing it) than 4 weeks in to role and you are not enjoying it.

Finance Graduate, Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be yourself! Boots is a company that wouldn't work for everybody - it attracts like minded people. There is an emphasis on do what is right for you, having spoken to the CEO he is keen for everybody to be happy and that doesn't necessarily mean Boots for everyone. Accept that everyone is different and do what is right for you.
If you choose that to be Boots, then the company will support you more than you can imagine which is fantastic.
It is important for this application to be personable and sociable. The skills you require for the role will be developed once you are within the company but a personality fit is essential to work well with others.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared.
The interview is more of an informal chat around your CV so don't worry about that part at all as the interviewers were all lovely and put you at ease.
For the negitotation task and pain relief assessment task, you will need to prep before. Make sure you have a wider business knowledge as well but make sure it is a genuine interest and not just reading to sound like you've swotted up.

Assistant Research Manager, at Boots
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Application Advice:

This job is great for someone who wants to learn about different areas of marketing and brand, not for people who have a specific job role in mind. Be prepared to try different things that may be completely different to anything you have done before. You will be thrown in at the deep end so you will need to be confident!

Interview Advice:

Assessment day consisted of a group challenge, a negotiation task and an interview among other things. Being able to work well with a team is imperative. Prepare as much material as you can for the pre-work you will be set for interview. Brush up on maths skills such as percentage increase and similar!

Assistant marketing manager – Customer Experience, online pharmacy, Boots.com Customer Experience at Boots
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself! The assessment day will judge your fit to the company, so you won't be suited to the Boots culture if you put on a different persona for the interview, and probably won't like it when you start. The day is as much about you assessing whether you'd like a career at Boots as it is you being assessed for the job.

Assistant Development Manager, Pharmacy at Boots
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Application Advice:

I would advise you to just be yourself. Everybody is really friendly and not out to trick you. The calmer you are, then the better you will perform anyway!

Assistant Buying Manager, Positive Health at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be clear about what your skills are, how they relate to the question asked and what examples you have of when you have demonstrated the skill. Don't say I think or I believe, say I am or I do or I can.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! I know everyone says that but honestly it is better for you and for the company if you are just yourself, that way you know that you are right for the role and Boots is the company for you.

Assistant buying manager, Buying at Boots
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Application Advice:

Show a genuine interest in the company, ensure that the values of the company fit with your own. You also need to show willing to deal with uncertainty and take the opportunites that are presented to you no matter where they are geographically.

Interview Advice:

Visit mutiple Boots stores before, understand different store formats and who they are targeted at, have an opinion about promotions and store layouts. The main thing is to have a personal opinion and be yourself.

Group Internal Audit and Risk Graduate, Finance at Boots
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Application Advice:

Get a feel for the company, you need to be a people person its not all about results. A great personality would really stand out and help secure a place.

Interview Advice:

- Maths test
- Group scenarios
- Buyers negotiation task

Assistant Channel Manager, Boots.com at Boots
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Application Advice:

Be honest - the company will employ someone who is right for them, regardless of their abilities/intelligence. Don't be fake otherwise you may get a job you didn't really want.

Interview Advice:

It's a very relaxing environment, so be relaxed. Be you. Talk openly and honestly.

Assistant Marketing Manager, Marketing at Boots
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