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What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £29,000 - £31,000
Current salary: £31,000 - £33,000
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What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
When I applied there were no competency-based questions during the online application process, just personal details and information about my degree. When the application was submitted (December 2014), I received an invitation to carry out aptitude and situational judgement tests. With the former I recommend a lot of practice, whereas with the second, I thought it was quite easy, just study JLR's business behaviours to see what kind of character traits and behaviours the company is interested in.
It took quite a long time for the HR team to get in contact (March or even April, I think!) to say I was invited to the assessment centre, which took place mid-May, but this is because of the high number of applications received.
Do you have any interview tips?
As a general rule of thumb, it's preferable to have some relevant work experience to talk about at the assessment centre, so if you can arrange a Summer placement somewhere relevant, I'd highly recommend it.
During the interview you will be asked a set of questions to which you will have to answer with examples; the more you have, the better. Remember with every example to be as succinct and and "to the point" as possible, without beating around the bush. Remember however, to still highlight Context, Approach, and Result (CAR), trying to keep JLR's business behaviours in mind.
Before having your interview try to understand what the department you're applying to does specifically, as you will most likely be asked what your understanding of it is. I recall one of the questions being "if you were in this role, who would your customer be?".
Generally, and for me it was certainly the case, the interviewers are there merely to facilitate, and genuinely try to help you and get the most out of you; if they see that you could be adding something more to the example you're providing, they will ask you for more details, asking questions that actually point you in the right direction.
As for the group exercise, try to drive the group; remind everyone about the deliverables of the exercise and make sure everyone is participating. If someone is a bit shy and quiet, ask them for their opinion and try to engage them, making sure decisions or conclusions are reached through a group effort. Try to take the lead if possible, but equally make sure you're not over-powering; it's very important to listen to everyone's opinion and value it.
The third exercise for me was an in-tray exercise, which involves prioritising a large list of items which you would hypothetically receive at the beginning of the day; just make sure your priorities are correct, with Safety/security at the top, for example. As far as I know, we all had in-tray exercises, but I recall my invitation email suggesting to prepare for online aptitude tests (numerical/verbal/diagrammatic reasoning) as well, so maybe cater for that surprise.
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