What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £23,000 - £25,000
Current salary: £23,000 - £25,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
Definitely research the company and what makes TKMaxx different to other retailers - the Off-Price business model is new to Europe (but common in the US), so think about what this means.
The way the company trades is very reactive, so you have to be able to balance planning with thinking on your feet, and be able to own your decisions and take responsibility for them, so demonstrating examples of times you have done this would be a plus.
Be aware that you will be in Merchandising for at least a couple of years before you are able to move into Buying (if that's what you want to do), and you have to be comfortable with analysing your business and really understanding how to drive sales. Merchandising gives you a real grounding in the business and is excellent training to prepare you for other areas, but some people struggle with this side of it and so I would really think about whether that's for you before applying.
Do you have any interview tips?
For the assessment centre tasks, demonstrate that you can think on your feet, are confident in what you are saying and back this up with the info that you have. It doesn't have to be right - people just want to know that you have thought about it and have made the best decision you can based on what's available. Try and listen to others' opinions as well, and if they raise some interesting points then you can build that into what you are saying too.
The most important thing is to be friendly and smile! All the interviewers are lovely and if you do get some tough questions, understand that they just want to get the best out of you and push you to think about things a bit more than you have. They're not trying to catch you out, just give you an opportunity to shine.