All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Whitbread employees based on 83 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.9/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.2/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
4/5
 
Company Culture:
4/5
 
Career Progression:
4/5
 
Colleagues:
4.2/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.8/5
 

Whitbread is the UK’s largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator with 50,000+ employees who are passionate about making everyday experiences special for our millions of customers around the world. But it doesn’t stop there. With ambitious plans to grow, we are looking for even more people to join our team and help create the next chapter of our success. 

We run a number of industry-leading programmes to support team members at every level of their development, including our Graduate programme. With our well-loved brands, a Support Centre that makes the magic come to life and broad experience in hospitality since 1742, our schemes come with real responsibility and real meaning from day one. 

Our graduates are the potential future leaders of our business, and our largest intake occurs within our Premier Inn and Costa Operational Schemes. By the end of the year-long development programme, all graduates will have accountability for leading a team, and be in a management position within one of our sites/stores. 

At our Whitbread Support Centre offices in Dunstable, our programmes run across HR, Finance, Marketing, Property, Procurement and our Information Systems (IS) functions. The different schemes are designed to help you test and develop your skills, build up a strong network of contacts and gain exposure in a range of areas across the business. If you’re up for the challenge and willing to drive your own development, the opportunities are endless. 

As a graduate at Whitbread, you can be sure to be making an impact from day one. After all, we offer real careers. 

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Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Human Resources Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Human Resources Job Title: HR Business Partner

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations) Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Operations Management Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Construction- New builds Job Title: Project and Programme

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Finance Job Title: GL Analyst

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying) Department: Procurement Job Title: Buyer

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Human Resources Job Title: HR Graduate - Group Reward Project Manager

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Finance Job Title: Reporting Analyst

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: HR Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: HR Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Department: Finance Job Title: Finance Analyst

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations) Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations) Department: Operations Management Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme) Job Title: General Management Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Graduate Management Job Title: Whitbread Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate

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Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate - London Region

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Attraction & Venue Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Finance Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Finance Job Title: Finance Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Hotel Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate - South

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Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

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Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme Department: Human Resources Job Title: HR Graduate - Group

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Attraction & Venue Management Department: Procurement

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations North Job Title: Assistant Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: HR Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Attraction & Venue Management Department: HR Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Graduate Job Title: Operations Graduate Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme Department: Resourcing Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations Job Title: Graduate operations manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Graduate operations management Job Title: Graduate operations management

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme

Industry: Arts & Media, Online Marketing Department: Digital Marketing Job Title: Marketing Graduate

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Attraction & Venue Management Department: Manchester Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Graduate operations management

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Human Resources Job Title: Human Resources Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Attraction & Venue Management Department: Operations Graduate Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Operations Graduate Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Sheffield Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn - Operations Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Management Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Graduate North Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations Management Job Title: Operations Management

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Nottingham Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Belfast Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Liverpool Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Manchester Airport Cluster Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: hotels Job Title: graduate operations manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme Department: Operations Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Operations Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: London Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Graduate operations manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Southampton Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn - St Albans Job Title: Operations Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Premier Inn - Management Job Title: Graduate Operations Manager

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Accountancy Department: Reporting and Control Job Title: General Ledger Analyst

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme Job Title: HR Graduate - Projects

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Accountancy Department: Premier Inn Job Title: Investment Analyst

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Accountancy Department: Commercial Finance Job Title: Revenue Analyst

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Company Accounts & Finance Management Department: Marketing & Product Finance Job Title: Commercial Marketing Analyst

Industry: Accountancy & Insurance, Accountancy Department: General Ledger Job Title: GL Finance Analyst

Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Graduate Scheme Department: Employment Policy Job Title: HR Graduate

Industry: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Hotel Management Department: Finance Job Title: General Ledger Analyst

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Industry: Support Services (Including Recruitment), Human Resources Management Department: Resourcing & Reporting Advisor

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Interview Advice:

Be honest, research our brands and values.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Do your research and make sure this is a role you want, the business is 24/7, 365 days a year and you will be expected to work flexibly.

Interview Advice:

Ask lots of questions and network where you can, ask other graduates in the program for advice and make yourself known. Whitbread value team work so work with each other in the interview and not against each other. The people at your assessment day are your future colleagues not your direct competition.

Operations Manager, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Experience in the hospitality/retail/customer service industries are a big help. Practical skills can be taught over time, but mindset and being customer-focused are key.

Interview Advice:

Be open and friendly! It's all about that pride, personality and passion.

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be confident about your strengths. Whitbread like candidates who have a genuine personality and know how they can make an impact to the company.

Interview Advice:

Spend some time in each of the brands to understand the business. Each brand offers different aspects of the overall company and understanding that in the interview will show your passion for the company.

HR Graduate, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Not only should your application be focused on the role/function you are applying for, you should also think about the company values and the specific brands you would be working for. Why, specifically, do you think you would be suited to this company? And why the brands? What makes you drawn to hospitality?

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, and try to relax!

HR Business Partner, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to answer why you chose Premier Inn and what makes you suitable to join the world of hospitality.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared. Learn about the business and the challenges it faces now.
Show that you are driven and a curious person throughout the whole process.

Operations Management Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Show that you are interested in the company and can represent its core values.
Some understanding of the property work is beneficial although they are willing to train you in this field.
Personality is also a large part of this company so it helps if you are confident and approachable.

Project and Programme, Construction- New builds at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Try to sharpen up on some accounting knowledge, if possible (I did Economics at University so was pretty new to me too).

Interview Advice:

Know the market and competitors.
Be a more professional version of yourself, but still be yourself.

GL Analyst, Finance at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - Whitbread love genuine personality traits and being yourself and bringing your true and whole self to work is highly supported.
Be ambitious and show care for customers and those around you.

Interview Advice:

Have great examples to the questions that show your personality, drive and passions. Make sure you have visited some of Whitbread brands so you can talk about them and offer your insight.

HR Graduate – Group Reward Project Manager, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

As with any job, research the company. I would advise looking at the latest financial release and news articles. Familiarise with innovations as it is a fast moving business. News articles and investor forums are great places to understand threats and opportunities. Another piece of advice would be to try and get some time with a current employee. Everyone will be willing to spend time with future candidates and it is the best way to really learn about the company and to see if it is a right fit for you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Chances are if you have got to this stage then the interviewers know you have the required skills. They looking for someone that will be a good fit for the company. Someone who is genuine, committed and confident. As for the application, research the company (Speaking to current employees is the best possible way so ask a contact if you can speak to someone in that particular department).

Reporting Analyst, Finance at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Research Whitbread's values and think about how you identify with these. Make sure this shows in your examples.

Go onto the CIPD website and use other resources to find out what is going on in HR at the moment. Try to speak to someone from any company about HR to find out what it looks like and identify what it is about the function that attracts you.

Research the industry - what's hot at the moment?

Interview Advice:

Go into each of Whitbread's brands before your assessment day to get a feel for the operations - try to think of some ideas to discuss.

Be yourself rather than trying to be what you think Whitbread are looking for.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest within your application.

Interview Advice:

Use examples from work and personal life when answering questions.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Enjoy the Assessment Centre day!

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate flexibility and people skill.

Interview Advice:

At the interview, be yourself. Whitbread encourages you to be yourself throughout your career, so quirky is good.

Graduate Operations Manager, Operations Management at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Understand that although the scheme is flexible, graduates must become a store manager to move into the next rotation.

Interview Advice:

SWOT analysis of business, group task, 1:1 interview.

General Management Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Whitbread are looking for a certain personality, not experience. They believe they can teach the business side of things, they are looking for management qualities.

Interview Advice:

Do your research into Whitbread. Create a SWOT analysis as this is often important in showing an understanding of the hospitality trade.

Whitbread Graduate Operations Manager, Graduate Management at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Really think it through, are you willing to make the life style sacrifice for relatively little in return. Are you passionate enough.

Interview Advice:

How to deal with setbacks

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Speak to as many of the existing team as you can to get an insight.

Interview Advice:

How do you manage difficult suppliers and tight deadlines.

Property Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Do your research - there are 700+ Premier inn sites in the UK so there is no excuse for not calling in to one and asking the team what they love about working here.

Interview Advice:

Think about what you really stand for; I've heard the recruitment team asking candidates about their 'personal brand' and what they want to be famous for.

Operations Graduate – London Region, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Check out the Whitbread PLC website to ensure you are as prepared as you can be. Check out the HUB our latest offering in Premier Inn, as we like to talk about this.

Interview Advice:

The questions are competency based, so have plenty of examples on hand.

Finance Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and ask lots of interesting questions.

Interview Advice:

Be sure to have researched which professional qualification you want to do.

Finance Manager, Finance at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

When interviewing think about the role and relate your answers to how you would deal with customers and running teams. It's all about giving great experiences to our guests.

Interview Advice:

Take longer than a few seconds to respond, there isn't a rush to give your answers.

Hotel Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Think very carefully if this is the right career sector for you. There are easier sectors if you are not a self starter.

Interview Advice:

Prepare, prepare and prepare again. Be absolutely clear on why you want to join the business.

Operations Graduate – South, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

To demonstrate passion for the role you're applying for and to show why you would be the perfect fit to the team.

Interview Advice:

- Be able to give examples of marketing campaigns you admire and explain why.
- Don't be shy and try to differentiate yourself from the other applicants. To do that, just be yourself and be proud of what you've accomplished so far.
- Try to be creative

Marketing Graduate, Brand Marketing – Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Have a strong view on what our brands stand for and make sure you have watched the latest TV advert!

Interview Advice:

I was asked which brands I like and why and had to give an in-depth view on how the public perception has changed about the budget hotel sector.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Preparation is key, be really clear on why you want to work within a hotel.

Interview Advice:

I was asked how I'd deal with difficult customers and how I'd deal with staff absence.

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be crystal clear as to why you want a graduate career in HR and why you want to pursue a CIPD professional qualification. Try to think of examples that are from outside just your experiences at University.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you are fully prepared for the interview and brush up on the latest Whitbread news. Be sure to have an opinion on the current issues that are facing the hospitality sector.

HR Graduate – Group, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Interview Advice:

Don't worry if you don't know the answer's to certain questions. As long as you've prepared for your interview, they're more interested in you as a person and what attributes you can bring rather than what you know, as they can teach you how to do the job.

Procurement at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Prepare to be quizzed on why you REALLY want to be a hotel manager and why you want to lead a big team.

Interview Advice:

Think about all the great things we've got happening between now and 2020 - The Hub, growth, International etc.

Assistant Operations Manager, Operations North at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Do your research, show real passion for wanting to work for Whitbread and be clear on what you want in the next 3-4 years of your career.

Interview Advice:

Relax and let your personality come through, be nosy - ask lots of questions to the interviewers.

Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you show the recruiter why you want to work for Whitbread specifically. Recruiters will be looking for personality, passion and flair.

This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the organisation. Ensure that you deliver your message in a fluent manner, drawing on a number of examples taken from both your work and personal life.

Interview Advice:

Make sure that you show your personality. The business bases the recruitment process on an individuals ability to be curious and passionate.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

You must really want to work in a very competitive workplace as well as that you must be driven as the company's culture is very much driven by people everywhere.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, show them your personality as they would observe your behaviour more than your answers.

Operations Graduate Manager, Graduate at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Make sure that shifts are what you can envisage for your future and you are a bubbly character who can work fast paced.

Interview Advice:

Be genuine, honest and confident. We hire on behaviour and attitude not knowledge and skill.

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Let your personality show - Whitbread is all about investing in the right cultural fit and unlocking potential!

Interview Advice:

Let your true personality show. Be engaging. Speak to assessors during the breaks if at assessment centres!

HR Graduate, Resourcing at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, don't over-complicate things, do plenty of research on the company beforehand such as company goals/aims etc.

Interview Advice:

-Plenty of 'give an example of a time you worked in a team' and worked independently questions etc.
-What do you know about Whitbread?

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Experience isn't always the best route - try to answer as honestly as possible.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! Whitbread hires people based on personality and natural talent.

Operations Graduate, Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, don't try and say things you think the company want to hear.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to give examples and adapt on your experiences during the 1-2-1 interview.

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be confident, Whitbread do not always employ the most educated or the most experienced, but they employee people which are bubbly confident and can influence a team and guests.

Graduate operations manager, Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be ready to work in a fast paced environment and be very adaptable to change (for the good).
Have a lot of drive and be confident.
If you work well in a team this is a great job for you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, prepare and just be ready to ask questions and stand out.

Graduate operations management, Graduate operations management at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be passionate about wanting to work within a hotel and lead your own team.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you do your research and are clued up on the latest Whitbread news - not just the brand area you are applying for.

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Do your research on Whitbread!

Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Make sure you have thoroughly researched the hospitality industry and are aware of what we and our competitors are doing in a marketing environment.
Be aware of our brand values and what we stand for as a brand.
Try to bring fresh and creative ideas to the interview.

Marketing Graduate, Digital Marketing at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Research Whitbread's values and see if they align with your own.

Research the companies Whitbread owns and visit them if possible to get an understanding of what we do as a business.

Be creative when answering competency questions - Whitbread looks for fantastic individuals, not clones with a set specification. All experiences are valuable - try to use some which are unique to you.

Find out about other companies HR graduate schemes to see how Whitbread compares as a company and how the scheme compares. You have to suit Whitbread but it is equally important that Whitbread suits you.

Interview Advice:

Culture fit is extremely important at Whitbread so be yourself and let your personality show throughout your interviews and assessment days.

Often, candidates have been hired for different roles (other than that they're applying for) from the assessment day - be honest about your interests, capabilities and career aspirations. You might find something you didn't know you were looking for.

Be really clear on specifically why you want to work for Whitbread, specifically why HR and specifically why a graduate scheme.

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Application Advice:

The most important thing is not what you have done, but the person you are. Show that you are driven, that you have natural leadership capabilities, that you genuinely care about people, and have a positive attitude.

Interview Advice:

Find that balance between sharing your opinion and forcing your opinion. Being a leader is not about being right all the time, it's about recognising the best option when it comes up in the discussion.

Operations Graduate, Manchester at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest and be yourself, they rate personality highly.

Graduate operations management, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest. Outline your relevant experience but you will also need to demonstrate that you are passionate about our brands. Make sure your application is tailored to the specific role/brand(s) you are applying for and don't be afraid to let your personality shine through!

Interview Advice:

Prepare for the usual questions, such as 'Why this company?', 'Why this industry?' - you will need to have strong answers to these questions to stand out. Prepare examples to demonstrate the ways in which you have exemplified key competencies and company values. Don't worry if the interviewer keeps digging and questioning, they are just trying to find out as much as they can, don't let this put you off - be confident and speak clearly.

Human Resources Graduate, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to work a lot

Interview Advice:

Show leadership qualities

Operations Graduate, Operations Graduate at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest. Research the role as hospitality is different from other industries. Be prepared to work hard, long hours and various shifts to meet the business needs.

Operations Graduate Manager, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be confident that you are serious about your career. It must be a priority to you over most other parts of your life. This will be a challenging experience that will give you a wealth of knowledge and management confidence, at the cost of your work-life balance.
Be focused on the end result, not the day-to-day, and you'll be well placed here.

Interview Advice:

These interviews are not performed as you would expect. Whitbread really do aim to keep it personal and comfortable so it will feel more like a normal conversation. Try to be as calm as possible before your interview and let it become relaxed during (this will be the aim of the interviewer too) so your nerves don't cause you to say/do anything that doesnt reflect you.

Operations Graduate, Sheffield at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

be as willing and open as possible to new roles and locations. You will be expected to travel a LOT!

Interview Advice:

Prepare for the assessment day as much as possible, A lot of varied activities but don't try too hard, those who did didn't get through.

Graduate Operations Manager, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Really be yourself, it is the only way to know if you are right for the company and if they are right for you. They are looking for leadership behaviours.

Interview Advice:

Competency questions with a twist. Make sure you have examples to back up your points. Think a little outside the box to prove you are right for the role.

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn – Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Sounds simple but it's true. Don't be afraid to role up you sleeves and get stuck into the tasks at hand. This will stand to you and you will gain the respect of your team and also develop your leadership skills by leading from the front.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared, know what you're talking about without sounding robotic. Show your personality and your genuine interest in the role.

Operations Graduate, Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Ensure you really want it and read lots into it beforehand.

Interview Advice:

Very informal, chilled and laid back - don't worry about it.

Graduate Operations Manager, Management at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

do your research on Whitbread and Premier Inn

Interview Advice:

Stay relaxed and just be yourself

Graduate Operations Manager, Graduate North at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Walk into it with an open mind.
It is a very people orientated business; besides selling beds we sell a great service so being comfortable around people and outgoing is definitely a requirement.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself display your true personality, Engage the assessors and ask them questions about the business. Explain your journey to applying for the role i.e. where you are from and what you have been doing with your time over the last few years (no life stories).

Operations Management, Operations Management at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Go for it! Amazing job with clear progression, give it your all but be yourself that what they look for

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn Nottingham at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

You do not have to have experience as what you need to know and the tools required are given to you on the operations graduate programme. What you do need to have is passion for your work. This job is a great experience and you get as much as you put in, and is rewarding at every step!

Interview Advice:

Interact. This is not a moment to hold back and be the quiet one. Make the conversation, ask questions, have a laugh but be professional.

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn Belfast at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

That it is an amazing role and opportunity, not even for a full career in Whitbread/Hospitality but even to massively buff out your CV!

Interview Advice:

Always be analysing future areas for the company...where could we build next? What are our weaknesses? Can we turn them into strengths? What makes us different to other hotels?

Operations Graduate, Liverpool at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be prepared to be very flexible in your hours and don't waste the interviewers time stating you are flexible but are unprepared to work on call, i.e. several weekends at a time.

Interview Advice:

Understand the variance of what the interviewer expects from a leader and a team member.

Operations Graduate, Manchester Airport Cluster at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Premier Inn are very much about personality and drive over experience and qualifications obviously these help, but a great personality will always shine over a great cv.

Interview Advice:

Where do you want to be in 5 years time. Be honest - you don't have to say to stay with the company if you don't genuinely want to, a clear vision for your future is more what is being looked for.

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest and true to yourself. Show confidence and passion!

Interview Advice:

Don't over think the questions - they are meant to be difficult and help you think on your feet

Graduate operations manager, hotels at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be honest and be yourself, you want to appear to be the person you are. Get to know the company before applying, its always good to know about Premier Inn before joining the company.

Interview Advice:

Get some background knowledge on the company and how Premier Inn's work!

Graduate Operations Manager, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, apply early and make sure you have a genuine passion for the hospitality sector

Graduate, Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

be prepared to work all times of day, any day and be on call. you need to 100% customer focused and put them first, always.

Interview Advice:

always give competency answers, use examples of previous working experience

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - it's not about the experiences and knowledge you have it's about your personality. They can teach you all the knowledge you need.

Interview Advice:

Know your own personal strengths and areas for development with examples.

Operations Graduate, Operations at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Whitbread hire for your personality and ambition, not necessarily work experience. Think about opportunities you have had outside of work and how you have proven yourself.

Interview Advice:

Lots of group activities, presentations (group and 1on1), interviews with awkward questions. Get social and talking to everyone else about their experiences. I relaxed and enjoyed a lot more than I thought.

Operations Graduate, London at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Answer 100% honestly.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, they're looking for personality not skills or experience, they can teach you that.

Graduate operations manager, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Make sure it's for you, be happy working long weeks but the rewards are ultimately worth the workload.

Graduate Operations Manager, Southampton at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

try to let your personaility shine through on all aspects of your application.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Premier Inn hire specifacly on personality and guest focus not on skills. They believe all skills can be learnt but your personality, guest focus and service can't.

Operations Graduate, Premier Inn – St Albans at Whitbread
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Application Advice:

Don't rush it, it is a lengthy application and does require thought - also keep a copy, there is a wait between the application and interview - it's a good idea to have something to refresh your memory.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - being genuine and approachable are the main attributes that are looked for - especially so as the role is not only customer focused but as you start managing a team, you need to be viewed as human.

Graduate Operations Manager, Premier Inn – Management at Whitbread
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Best:

Very supportive and has good core values

Worst:

N/A

Operations Manager, at Whitbread
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Best:

Plenty of development opportunities

Worst:

Communication and objective setting

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread
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Best:

The culture of the company is a great because no matter what someone's position is, they will be willing to spend time with you and help you and learn more about you. When you join they company will offer you lots of support from various levels and teams which gives you great exposure to start your network.

Worst:

When you are in a field-based role, you may feel isolated from the rest of the company. Equally, departments can be quite isolated from each other but there is no reason for you not to challenge that and create a broader network for yourself.

HR Graduate, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Best:

Great environment to work in, free coffee at our own Costa store, good benefits, great people.

Worst:

Location of the office is sometimes a draw-back as it's difficult to get here by public transport therefore socialising after work doesn't often happen.

HR Business Partner, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Best:

Personal development opportunities

Worst:

Management

Operations Management Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread
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Best:

- Good benefits package and support to become qualified in your field- they want to see you progress.
-With a strong growth plan it is an exciting company to be part of as we continue to expand and offer new opportunities.

Worst:

- You have to be very independent in a field-based role and control your own diary and time management.
-Due to the geographical spread of the team, you may go weeks without seeing members of the team/colleagues.

Project and Programme, Construction- New builds at Whitbread
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Best:

Great focus on developing the Graduate population

Worst:

Location

GL Analyst, Finance at Whitbread
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Best:

Size; impact; scale; ethics; CSR; the brands are incredible; the people; the culture

Worst:

the head office location (Dunstable); size can mean decision making can be slow as there are a lot of people to consult and negotiate with

HR Graduate – Group Reward Project Manager, Human Resources at Whitbread
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Best:

The culture and the people are really what makes the company so special. The company also does a lot of amazing work for the local and wider environment, especially through the COSTA Foundation and the partnership with GOSH.

Worst:

Some uncertainty over what happens after the graduate scheme.

Reporting Analyst, Finance at Whitbread
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Best:

Good reputation, looks good on CV.
Decent benefits.

Worst:

Poor technology.
Quite old fashioned and hierarchical.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Best:

Customers love our products.

Worst:

The lack of systems.

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread
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Best:

Guest interactions

Worst:

Lengthy work hours that they expect you to go over

Graduate Operations Manager, Operations Management at Whitbread
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