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BT (British Telecom)

Digital Sales at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Don't talk about how good you are, talk about how your skills and personality will help BT grow and perform better. Make them understand that you have the passion and personal attributes which will help drive strategy forward.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Finance Graduate, Finance at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Understand off-price model and show that you have shown flexibility and adaptability in the past.

Interview Advice: Be open to change and be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

LP grad, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show your personality.

Interview Advice: Understand the off-price model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Loss Prevention Graduate, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be curious, open and honest in what you want to get out of the role.

Interview Advice: Do your research on TK Maxx and the off price model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Business Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Focus on your abilities to build relationships and clearly demonstrate where you've been able to do this successfully in the past, on an individual and group basis! It's an enormous driver within our daily working life here! Also, ensure that you try and demonstrate a desire for being extremely inquisitive. This will be absolutely integral!

Interview Advice: Be prepared to take on a few challenging exercises and scenarios, which may require a bit of blue sky or 'out of the box' thinking. More than anything, ensure that you've thoroughly researched what separates our business from our competitors and what makes us so unique as both a multinational retailer, business and organisation.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Business Technology Graduate, IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself in the process, work with other candidates not compete against them. TKMaxx values smart, ethical and honest individuals above all else.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Financial Analyst, Finance at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Understand the off price model.

Interview Advice: Visit a TKMaxx store and read up on the off price model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread

Interview Advice: Be honest, research our brands and values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

HR Graduate, Human Resources at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

HR Business Partner, Human Resources at Whitbread

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!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Stay open minded. Enjoy working in a flexible environment. Have basic excel skills. Understand the company and how it differs from other retailers.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and yourself! Take the opportunity to learn as much as you can about the job role and company.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Home at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Reflect on the company values and where you would fit into it. If you tick the values, show how in your application.

Interview Advice: Think about challenging situations in uni or at previous workplaces and how you overcome challenges. Try to think about several work/uni situations when it comes to teamwork.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Business Technology Graduate, IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself! They choose people based on personality and cultural fit mostly.

Interview Advice: Learn all about what Off-Price means and how TK Maxx works.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

Project and Programme, Construction- New builds at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

GL Analyst, Finance at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

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

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

Reporting Analyst, Finance at Whitbread

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).

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

HR Graduate, HR at Whitbread

Application Advice: Be honest within your application.

Interview Advice: Use examples from work and personal life when answering questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Whitbread

General Management Graduate, at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Interview Advice: Choose a wine bottle and sell it to me. Think of one of your passions and convince me to take it up/go there.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Operations at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be prepared for some hard work, long hours and high pressure environments. Be prepared for the awesome family atmosphere, recognition culture and exciting job opportunities.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Programme, RGM at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: The plan doesn't necessarily fit. If you are looking for a corporate role this isn't for you. It also requires a lot of resolve and personal drive as you will spend long periods of time looking after your own development without seeing senior leadership. Requires great personal discipline to do this.

Interview Advice: Think about your behaviours and how you would work with others and understand yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Construction and Development Co-ordinator, Development at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: When applying for KFC, one of the most valuable pieces advice I received during the application process, is to be your best self. By this I mean, be completely authentic in everything you do and show some vulnerability so during the interview process they can get to know the real you.

Interview Advice: For interview questions, try to think of difficult scenarios you have had to overcome previously, these can be in a previous job or in your personal life. The interviewer will want to know how you went about solving such difficult situations and what was the end result.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Post Office

Model Profitability Lead, Savings at Post Office

Application Advice: Research the company and the scheme. Try and get a clear understanding in your own mind about what appeals to you about both the company and the scheme.

Interview Advice: Let your personality come through. Value and express your experiences and opinions even if they feel insignificant or trivial. The culture of the organisation is so important to the business that it is important we can see your real personality and get a sense of what it would be like to work with you. Visit a Post Office; there is little better experience or research than interacting with the Post Office as a customer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising and Buying at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Approach with an open mind. If you're a flexible thinker, who enjoys a fast paced work environment, it's the right job for you. Try and gain a bit of an understanding of the off price retail model.

Interview Advice: Try and gain a bit of an understanding of the off price retail model. Try to relax, its' not a stressful interview process. Read up on the company before hand. Have a passion for product and show it.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be nice, smiling, enthusiastic and curious!

Interview Advice: Do your research about the company: competition, core values, BFPQ in particular! Be nice, ask questions, show you are curious at any stage.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Research the company, understand the uniqueness of what we do! Think about what skills you can bring to the environment. Visit the stores and get a feel for what is different about them and the rest of the high street.

Interview Advice: Know the off-price model. Visit multiple stores and think about the differences between them. What would you consider when thinking about how to ship a product to a store base? Be friendly, curious, ask questions and show enthusiasm!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Brand Manager, Own Brand at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Digital manager for Boots Ireland, Irish Commercial team at Boots

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?'

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself! Be curious and ask questions and try and find out as much as you can about the company. Familiarise yourself with the company's off-price business model and go to one of our stores to check out what we sell and how we sell it! If you are applying and have experience with languages definitely shout about it.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Corporate Operations Graduate, at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Research the brands! Get to know the key opportunities and challenges facing the sector over the next five years. Understand who our main competitors are and be prepared to talk about how you can apply your experiences at university/elsewhere in a pub & restaurant-based business. Most importantly, be yourself! You can't teach character and it's just as important as experience & ability when applying for this role!

Interview Advice: Questions about the industry, competitors, the business and its strengths and future growth areas. Competency based questions and group/individual exercises.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Learn about what makes the partnership so special.

Interview Advice: Learn about retail IT and how its consumer trends are changing in the retail sector.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Thames Water

Graduate, Water Efficiency at Thames Water

Application Advice: Make sure you include information about things you have done outside of just academic work, societies and club involvement can help to set you apart.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and tell the truth about why you want to apply - don't try to give answers that you think the interviewers want to hear as this will be obvious.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Thames Water

Graduate Trainee, Customer Development at Thames Water

Application Advice: Be prepared for lots of responsibility.

Interview Advice: Understand the regulatory guidelines of the water industry.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Business Analyst, IT at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Research company and Off-Price model thoroughly. This is what separates our graduate scheme and our company from competitors/other companies.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Wrexham, North West at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Research the company well; where are we going, what's changing, what does the role involve? Think about your interest in wine; Are you passionate about the product? Would you commit to studying for and passing your WSET wine examination as a trainee manager? Are you willing to move around the region as you progress to Assistant manager and Store manager roles?

Interview Advice: Practise selling a bottle of wine to yourself in the mirror or to friends. You will need to demonstrate presentation skills, passion for wine and great customer service skills.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, North/Scotland at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be able to show an interest in wine and retail management.

Interview Advice: I was given three bottles of wine and asked to choose one and sell it to the interviewer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, G-North/Scotland at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Should be able to demonstrate an interest in wine and desire to work in retail management.

Interview Advice: Arrive prepared with answers to key competencies from the job advert. Was given the option of selecting one wine out of three and then was asked to sell that wine to the interviewer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Technology Graduate, IT at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Research the Partnership behaviours and the history of the partnership - the JLP ethos is something that is very much at the core of the business.

Interview Advice: Obvious one, but doubly relevant if you're applying to the partnership - be yourself. The Partnership wants people who are a good fit for the business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Paddy Power

Online and Retail Graduate Program, at Paddy Power

Application Advice: Become familiar with the product before you apply. Think about how factors such as economic well-being, regulation, and media attention affects the company. Don't be afraid to show your personality at every stage of the interview process. Personality is deemed to be important. Consider the importance of social media activity to the prominence of the company.

Interview Advice: Interviewees are asked about publicity stunts and human interest stories in the media. Interviewees are also asked about what they think the future of the business is. Interviewees are asked basic competency questions. They are also asked industry specific questions that are designed to establish whether they are informed about the nature of the industry.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Analyst, Supply Chain – Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Read about the "leadership behaviours".

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they want you to fit with Waitrose and the culture. Which is very inclusive.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Vodafone

Customer Experience Specialist, Customer Experience at Vodafone

Application Advice: Put in the time & effort. I applied to 3 grad schemes, and got offered 2, the 2 I got offered I put a serious amount of time into the application and making it stand out from the crowd. Don't copy and paste extracts of your CV, make it original and be unique. They have to whittle down the 1000's of applications somehow...

Interview Advice: Be confident, but not dominant in assessment centres Interview - don't concentrate too hard on Vodafone's history, what they do etc. Concentrate more on YOU and what YOU can bring to the company. Assessment Task - Fight your corner, and be persuasive - if someone's idea is better than yours it's okay - support that idea and add value to the idea. Presentation - Present confidently, speak clearly and maintain eye contact with your assessor. Use your prep time wisely, it goes quickly...

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Graduate Retail Management, Yorkshire Area at

Application Advice: *be yourself and show your personality *show your commercial flare

Interview Advice: *be willing to relocate and talk about this in your interview *give as many examples as you can & don't be shy!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, UKCC at HSBC Bank Plc

Interview Advice: Make sure to do thorough research and preparation before the interview and make sure you have a large variety of true examples for the competency interview questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Do your research into the company and know what's going on with the retail market. Demonstrate your passion for retail and how you fit with the BHS values.

Interview Advice: Do your homework into the company. Show your passion for retail, fashion and being a natural leader. Visit a few stores before the interview and understand what is going on, how they differentiate and what opportunities you found.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WH Smith

WH Smith

Application Advice: Show your personality as well as ability.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Grad – Commercial Manager, South west at

Application Advice: APPLY! It's the best decision you will make! Also don't forget to show your personality, it really is a business that looks at you as a person!

Interview Advice: Show personality, think outside the box, how would you influence people and service.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Know about the changes and transformation of BHS and retail. Be yourself and be honest, if you love retail then you will love the grad scheme. Be professional and ask for advice from graduates who are on the scheme.

Interview Advice: Basic core competency question - leadership, team work etc. Are you willing to relocate? Be prepared to present swot analysis.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Retail Management Graduate, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Know your stuff about the company and why you want to apply. JL is not for everyone - company has a lot of personality and will definitely suit some people more than others so do your research. Get your application in early.

Interview Advice: You will be assessed on the behaviours stated on the website so make sure you understand what is expected of you. Be confident and authentic - show what you can offer. JL hire from a diverse range of backgrounds and degrees so know your "own brand".

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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L'Oreal

Marketing Management Trainee, Market at L’Oreal

Application Advice: Be prepared to work extremely hard and very long hours.

Interview Advice: Make sure you know the company back to front. Be prepared to know extensive brand knowledge.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Associated British Foods (Grocery)

Category Exec, Category at Associated British Foods (Grocery)

Application Advice: Get some experience that is relevant to the scheme, whether a part time job or an internship. The greatest mistake that students can make is not working while at university. Thousands of students will get degrees and you need something that will make you stand out. Some people are good at blagging their way through interviews with very little experience, but the majority will need a working background that can demonstrate their suitability. I came from a retail background so had some experience at the opposite end of the grocery spectrum to my current role. There are plenty of summer internships to apply for too. Do some research on the FMCG sector and ABF before you apply. Think about why the scheme appeals to you and why you'd be good at it.

Interview Advice: Try and get some interview practice before the real thing, whether through university or a careers service. Don't try and be someone that you aren't because the interviewers will probably be very experienced and will see through any kind of act. Don't make up scenarios that prove your skills for the same reason. Try and stay relaxed - interviews are as much about assessing your personality as your capability. If you appear too flustered and nervous then that might raise questions about your ability to keep your cool when dealing with stakeholders. Be professional but not to the point of being one-dimensional - assessors will want to see how easy you are to be around and how well you work in a team. They aren't after a robot who can provide answers perfectly but who has no interests or experiences beyond that. Think about your answers to questions carefully before you speak to make sure you cover all bases.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

New Product Development Planning Manager, Brand Development at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Ensure you read up on the Behaviours - these are important.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't try to lie. Recruiters are trained to notice 'tells' of dishonesty.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Project Manager, Programme Managment 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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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L'Oreal

Retail social media assistant manager, Communications 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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Customer Proposition Manager, Pharmacy at Boots

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!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Manager, Commercial – Brand/Buying/Marketing at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Manager, Trading at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Marketing Manager, Loyalty Marketing at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

Graduate, Marketing and group commercial at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: I would advise them to carry out relevant research and really get an understanding of the retail industry. Demonstrate that they are adaptable to new roles and circumstances.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate that you understand the values and mindset of Sainsbury's.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Graduate Trainee Retail Management, Graduate programme at

Application Advice: I would advise them to be themselves and don't be scared to tell your interviewer your ideas (it's what they want)!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising – Menswear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be positive ask questions show enthusiasm show that you're flexible willing to learn and push yourself

Interview Advice: BE NICE ask questions show your personality show your desire to progress and learn

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

Graduate, at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: - research the company values - research the industry (common trends/ hot topics) - understand what the company is doing to try to differentiate itself from competitors - go into a store and look at layout, promotions, cleanliness, level of service,

Interview Advice: - why Sainsburys? - why the scheme? - competency questions e.g. time worked as a team to achieve a goal, showed leadership, demonstrated resilience etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

Talent Manager, Talent & Performance at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Do your research and work here because you like what values we stand for. Everyone working here believes in the values of the business and puts the customers and colleagues at the heart of everything we do. We want to employ people who feel and act the same way.

Interview Advice: We want you to succeed so relax! Really think of something which will make you stand out and be remembered in an interview - and come with an opinion on current retail topics and what you think works well and could be improved as we want to hire people who will help us be a better us.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

People Graduate, People Graduate at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Really research the company and explore how it differs from competitors so you can make sure it is the right fit for you, as well as ensuring you understand the environment of retail a bit better.

Interview Advice: There were lots of competency questions and questions relating to ambitions, motivation for the role and company etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

Communications Executive, Marketing at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Be proactive. The company looks for candidates with real leadership experience. A top academic record and University are expected, and so it is your other experience that will set you apart. A real passion for retail and the ability to clearly articulate why it is you want to work in the indusrty will go a long way.

Interview Advice: Why retail? Why Sainsbury's? Why your chosen scheme? Real leadership examples.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Sainsbury's

Buyer, Asian Fresh and Halal, Buying at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Really research the retail industry and trends happening in the market place. Brush up on your numerical, influencing and negotiating skills.

Interview Advice: Research Sainsbury's and our values - these are core to the business and only someone who shows they are aligned to these will be successful at interview. Really focus on customer and colleague these are the two pillars to the Sainsbury's business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Graduate rotation, Global Brands at Boots

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!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Project Manager, Project Management at Boots

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Asda

Rotational Scheme, Rotational Scheme at Asda

Application Advice: Be yourself. We are a business that is proud of it's culture and are open to thoughts / ideas from any individual across the business regardless of work level.

Interview Advice: Read up on Asda's culture, Beliefs and Purpose.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Graduate, Southampton at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Understand that although this is a graduate programme with very promising career prospects, all of your time will be spent learning about every aspects of the restaurants. Consider that before applying.

Interview Advice: Demonstrating knowledge about KFC and Yum! is one of the most important attributes to exhibit. When you engage in conversation that imparts your knowledge of KFC's operations, the companies history, recent initiatives (marketing or otherwise), KFC's corporate culture and wider industry trends, for instance, you actively convey diligence, interest, curiosity, enthusiasm, drive, inquisitiveness, engagement and genuine dedication to your application and will give your answers that extra rigour.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Virgin Media

Commercial Manager, Commercial Operations at Virgin Media

Application Advice: The right attitude is key, you need to be enthusiastic, a team player and willing to have fun. That's what they're looking for in interviews more than anything, the rest can be trained. If you can provide an array of examples in your answers that's always good, and do your research; we are in a highly competitive industry and you should be aware of what is going on.

Interview Advice: Try your best to be relaxed.. and smile lots! The good thing about Virgin Media is that they're all about seeing what you're capable of at your best, not testing you to see you at your worst. Interviews are calm and friendly, so don't panic!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Graduate Merchandising Associate, Gifts at

Application Advice: Be aware of the company Be enthusiastic about merchandising

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Merchandising Graduate, Merchandising at

Application Advice: Make sure you have a genuine interest in working with figures and data analysis, it's a large part of the role and good to get across in the application. If you've got experience with excel that looks really good aswell. A love of retail is a must

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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New Look

Graduate Management Trainee, Rotational at New Look

Application Advice: Apply, apply, apply! The business is growing and is expanding into exciting new areas and has, I believe, a very bright future ahead. In terms of the application itself, it is important to show that you are a keen learner,a hard worker and have plenty of initiative (it's a very fast paced business) but it's also important to be a good friendly character.

Interview Advice: Just like any interview it's important to prepare - know the market, know competitors, know the business. But New Look specific advice is threefold: 1) Bring ideas - New Look is an open and expanding business, everyone gives ideas for improvement and they are always greatly appreciated. This can come in the form of what other companies do well, or what we don't do so well in. 2) Be Confident/smile - New Look's motto is to make people look good and feel good, with confidence you'll feel like a natural selection for the company. 3) Make it clear you are ambitious - with the risk of repeating myself, we are a rapidly expanding business with ambitious expansion plans. The greatest asset to a company like this is employees who have the same finish line in mind - to be the best.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Strategy Analyst, Stratgey at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be authentic - talk about you as well as your CV

Interview Advice: Prepare well and understand what the company is aiming for/ stands for, ensure that this matches with what you are aiming for and what resonates with your values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Savills (UK) Limited

Graduate Surveyor, Graduate- retail agency at Savills (UK) Limited

Application Advice: Be yourself- even if some examples of your competencies sound a bit cringe worthy, it is your time to sell yourself and stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice: Be clued up on the latest topics in property week/general newspapers such as the Times Business section. This allows you to comment further on current events and go into further depth into topics that you enjoy learning about.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Graduate, UK at

Application Advice: Show your personality!!! This is what the company loves the most rather than your grades

Interview Advice: Know about the company! Research the history and don't be afraid to share your ideas

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Allianz Insurance

Retail Management Trainee, at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Ensure you answer questions to the full word count anything below it looks lazy Make sure you proof read Take your time over the application

Interview Advice: Build a comfortable report early on so you feel more relaxed during the interview - they aren't trying to catch you out, they want to get to know you. Being honest and yourself is key, otherwise you may get hired for being someone or for doing something that isn't you... it's all about being the best version of yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Technology Graduate, IT at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Display as much of a commitment to the company culture as you would to the role - these are of equal importance in the Partnership, where its people are central to its success.

Interview Advice: Ensure you demonstrate personal examples (e.g. of instances where you led a team, overcame a hurdle...) where possible. Story-telling is useful here as it engages the audience as well as demonstrates the ability to relate personal scenarios to broader concepts.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Retail Management Graduate, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Understand the business is a Partnership and what that means For the Retail Management Grad Scheme do your research about whether or not this role is right for you, for the first few years you will spend a lot of time running shop floors.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Customer Service Section Manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be honest - the recruitment process is brilliant and the JLP put a lot of work into it. You can't blag your way to a job offer You must be passionate about the industry - don't just apply because it's a 'graduate scheme' - you are given real responsibility in stores very early on.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Leadership Graduate / Supply Chain Analyst, Waitrose (supply chain) at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself Be prepared to ask for and take feedback - this role is all about developing your self awareness and skills in order for you to develop into the best possible leader you can be; getting there is a process. Show original thought, not just Googled information about the market dynamics / brand. Show that you can take the lead.

Interview Advice: Ask questions as well as answer them Be concise, clear and articulate Have presence in the room - you're being interviewed, but consider what experience you're giving your interviewer Don't forget the customer Don't underestimate the challenge of working with a broad variety of people in an operational role; it's not all strategic oomph but a lot of daily grind and taking note of the detail in how people feel and work.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WH Smith

Graduate Buyer, Books at WH Smith

Application Advice: If you are looking for a rotational scheme probably this is not the right scheme for you.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Graduate, Central Accounting at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Basics - no spelling mistakes, good presentation Passion for retail

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Reward and Benefits Advisor, HR at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Research the company - it's values and history Be honest and give straightforward answers

Interview Advice: Important to have a good understanding of the company Think about examples to back up any statements

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Groupwide graduate, Groupwide at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Research the company values and make sure they align with your own. The folks at Morrisons know these inside and out. Be able to give good examples of what these mean for you.

Interview Advice: Be able to demonstrate leadership, that you can act proactively. This isn't a grad scheme where someone will be holding your hand all the way through, so you need to be able to take charge. Find the balance here though, taking charge can easily turn into being arrogant, and northern folks are quite humble!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Ethical Trading Coordinator, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Know the business- they want to make sure Morrisons is right for you and you are right for Morrisons. As well as showing general intelligence and initiative, you should learn the company values and plan for the next few years.

Interview Advice: They asked me a lot around how my own experience showed I had displayed qualities they were looking for; such as a One Team attitude, efficiency, and drive. It doesn't do any harm to think of some challenging industry related questions too.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Fuller's

Inns Graduate, Inns at Fuller’s

Application Advice: Probably helpful to have some experience in pubs, but not necessary Focus questions around demonstrating the competencies that you think Fuller's would value (without being dishonest to yourself obviously!)

Interview Advice: Be yourself (sounds cliched, but Fuller's is full of characters & this is valued) Be (genuinely) passionate about the industry Do some research into the business before hand Obviously think about why specifically you want to work for Fuller's, and what unique qualities you can bring

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Research core values of the company and relate your experience to relevant competencies.

Interview Advice: Be yourself as scripted answers are not favoured.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Merlin Entertainments

Management Graduate, Madame Tussauds Hollywood at Merlin Entertainments

Application Advice: If you make it to the assessment, don't worry about "winning". Worry about showing yourself to have the skill sets a manager might need--primarily, being people-oriented and analytical. Don't "sell" your personality--just be yourself.

Interview Advice: Be personable and passionate and honest.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Barratt Developments

Graduate, Sales at Barratt Developments

Application Advice: Research the role, research the industry and when you are sure you understand why you want to work for Barratt Developments, then apply. Also, avoid using generic answers on your applications.

Interview Advice: The interview day is a tough day and you must be well prepared to show off your commercial awareness, big picture focus and ability to understand both your internal and external customer pressures. Thoroughly research how you fit in the role and what you have done previously in your work/university/social life that means you are correct for the role.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Graduate, Compass Group UK & Ireland at Compass Group

Application Advice: Be as passionate and enthusiastic as possible. Throw yourself into the process. Do as much as you can to research Compass and think of unique reasons why you want to work here!

Interview Advice: Think of reasons as to why it's Compass you want to work for and what unique opportunities it has to offer. Be confident in yourself and in your answers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Thames Water

Graduate Trainee, Transformation at Thames Water

Application Advice: Find out where the job is based Do your research Really think about what scheme you want to apply for

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Retail Business Manager, at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Have a go get attitude - you hold responsilbilty to want to improve and develop. The company provide the tools you utilise them. Be yourself - don't be what you think we want, be true to youreself and how you work. Everyone has their strengths.

Interview Advice: Research the company - being passionate about the industry and company is massively important. You need to love this industry to put in the hours and hard work it can often require.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Operations Graduate, Operations at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Be prepared to be flexible. Be yourself - personality is important in this company!

Interview Advice: Be assertive but not too bossy.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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TJX Europe

TJX Europe

Application Advice: Speak to as many people as you can before applying to make sure it's actually what you want to do. Be open minded!

Interview Advice: Come prepared with a lot of examples of situations you've been in at work and even in your day to day life. What's most important is that they can understand how you work amongst other people.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Mercedes-Benz UK

Business Graduate, Product Management at Mercedes-Benz UK

Application Advice: - Research about the company core values - Get a good understanding of the structure of Mercedes-Benz

Interview Advice: - Competency based questions, have a good range of answers that aren't centered around university experiences only - Stay calm and be honest - being genuine shines through very easily

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Financial Analyst, Finance at Boots

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!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Marketing Manager – In Store Events, Marketing at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Kingfisher Plc

Kingfisher Commercial Graduate, Commercial at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Kingfisher is looking for people with a passion for retail and keen to drive sales through new innovation and ideas. Ensure that this is demonstrated in your application and interviews

Interview Advice: As above

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Kingfisher Plc

Kingfisher Commercial Graduate, Commercial at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Kingfisher is a very friendly and relationship based company. They are looking for people with a passion for retail, enjoy a challenge and working under pressure and making a difference to customers' shopping experience. I would ensure that all this is emphasised in any application or interview

Interview Advice: As above.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Asda

Energy Assistant, Property & Construction at Asda

Application Advice: If you want to work for a friendly, fast moving company then apply - ensure you put your personality across in your application form because ASDA isn't all about grades, qualifications etc.

Interview Advice: The interview is like no other, ensure you come with a friendly apporach and ideas of how you would like to develop in the world of retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Asda

Graduate, Graduate Retail at Asda

Application Advice: My advice would be to always be yourself and to be as honest as possible when answering questions. Furthermore be detailed in the application and gain as much experience as possible as this will lead you in great stead to being successful in the application.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, the questions are designed to see if you will fit in well with the culture and if the culture will fit well with you, so be as honest and yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Business Analyst, Convenience at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Look at the role requirements and try to make sure that your application demonstrates that you reflect them.

Interview Advice: Research what the company stands for and how it compares to competitors.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Analyst, Groupwide Graduate at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: A breadth of experience is important, but not necessarily in retail.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to be pushed in your final interview, they want to make sure the job is right for you. Don't be afraid to use examples from a variety of experiences, no one has perfect work experience that's expected to be relevant.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Asda

Deputy Manager, Supermarkets at Asda

Application Advice: Apply immediately if you love retail. Retail isn't for everyone, it's fast paced and consists of long busy days. If you love a challenge and think you have what it takes to be stretched and challenged everyday then apply. ASDA is a brilliant company to work for, so many benefits and the beliefs are lived daily in store.

Interview Advice: The best advice I was given was to be yourself throughout the entire process. The managers observing can see straight through false characters. This advice was 100% accurate. Also, make a good impression immediately. Involve everyone in group tasks and make sure you listen as well as making your point heard. Make sure you have countless examples of where you have used team work or dealt with a difficult situation or conversation. You'll have role play to take part in so again they will see straight through false characters. Be yourself, they hire for personality and train for skill. Finally, know as much information about ASDA as possible, do some research on the areas of the company that interest you.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Asda

Graduate, at Asda

Application Advice: Read up on asda.

Interview Advice: They hire for attitude and train for skill, so if you're really enthusiastic and have a great presence, yet don't have as much or any retail experience it doesn't matter.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Technical Graduate, Technical at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Apply early. Be ready with examples to demonstrate when you have worked in a particular way.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Group-wide graduate, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Make sure you reflect yourself as a well rounded individual. On the group-wide scheme in particular, there are graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds and degree programmes including languages, politics, speech therapy and engineering. Don't think that you won't get a place because you haven't done a business or finance degree. Morrisons prides itself on having a diverse group of graduates who they believe will be future leaders.

Interview Advice: Don't get too nervous! I was extremely nervous prior to the assessment centre, but was put at ease the moment I arrived and was much more relaxed than I had expected. Be prepared to take part in various activities. Make sure you thoroughly research the business in terms of history, financials and any recent news. You probably won't need to know all the management board members' names but being aware of a few key individuals eg CEO and CFO would be useful. In the interview, be open and honest about what you think you can bring to the role and what you want to learn and get out of it. Ask the interviewer how long they've worked at Morrisons and what attracted them. It is always interesting to hear their point of view.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Nationwide

Graduate rotation, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Research the company and demonstrate extra cirricular activities

Interview Advice: Corporate social responsibility leadership qualities ability to drive results

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Various at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself and make sure you understand the partnership model to make sure it's for you.

Interview Advice: Prepare and think carefully about how unique JL is as a business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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L'Oreal

Management Trainee, Com at L’Oreal

Application Advice: Research the beauty market thoroughly and insure how crucial L'Oreal is to the market.

Interview Advice: Be confident but understand your strengths and weaknesses. Be a team player!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Manufacturing Graduate, Manufacturing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be open and flexible to the possibilities and opportunities. With a large and diverse business you could be involved in anything from Managing people to working on solo projects. Consider the different manufacturing environments and how you can make an impact in them. You'll need a structured, logical approach to the processes involved in making a product both efficiently and to a high standard and also a good set of communication and people skills; dealing with all sorts of different people and different personalities from customers to employees.

Interview Advice: Morrisons has a set of values that it strives to achieve in all areas of the business. Find these values and consider how they align with your own and how you have achieved each value in the past.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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WM Morrisons

Group Wide Graduate, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: 1) Don't think your degree isn't relevant and let this put you off, for most of the schemes there isn't the prerequisite of a certain degree and it's fantastic to see graduates on the schemes from a variety of degree backgrounds - from engineering to theology. This results in a fantastic, diverse mix of people and different ways of thinking. 2) Be clear on the company values, and think through whether you will fit in well with these. 3) Do your research on the company and know what is new to the business (e.g. online, convenience). Also have an awareness of the wider retail market and think through where Morrisons fits into this bigger picture.

Interview Advice: The interview was largely competency based so select a variety of responses from your past experiences to really show yourself. These examples don't have to be work related,

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Tesco

Graduate, Grocery Home Shopping at Tesco

Application Advice: Be yourself, there are a wealth of backgrounds in this position and everyone has a part to play in the success of the company. The difference in backgrounds and experience is encouraged as it provides different skill sets and perspectives on problems which allows innovation and creativity to thrive.

Interview Advice: Research the company: If you are not going to find out about us, why should we find out about you? Pay particular attention to our leadership skills. Research the sector: Where are there opportunities for improvement and what have you seen our competitors do really well or even not so well. Don't just pay attention to the UK, what is happening internationally?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Brand Manager, Brand at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Development Manager, Pharmacy at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant buying manager, Buying at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Boots

Assistant Marketing Manager, Marketing at Boots

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Tesco

Property Graduate, Engineering, Energy & Environment at Tesco

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Arcadia Group

Finance Analyst, Finance at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Research the industry to ensure you have a good knowledge on external factors that may be having an impact on the sector. Be prepared for change and be prepared to be adaptable - Retail industry is very fast paced and situations may change daily.

Interview Advice: -Ensure you prepare for your interview -Recall on times where you have had to demonstrate skills that would be helpful in the workplace eg. Organisational skills, good communications, and difficult situations you have had to overcome. -It is important y

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Branch, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be true to yourself and consider what you really think leadership means - not just the positive qualitities but the sacrifices and decisions that all leaders have to make to do their job and lead a team.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and relax! True leaders are authentic.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Tesco

Commercial Graduate, UK General Merchandise at Tesco

Application Advice: Make sure you can demonstrate a variety of interests and can cope with a highly pressured daily job.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to give specific examples of 'a time when you have demonstrated...'

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Tesco

Commercial Trainee, UK General Merchandise at Tesco

Application Advice: Tesco is always changing what they're looking for in candidates - don't take it personally if you don't get through all the stages. Prepare your examples of their values in advance - it's useful to be able to draw on these quickly when asked at interview. Also, keep on top of business happenings and retail in general, a commercial awareness is very important. It's all about networking and collaboration within and across teams and sharing knowledge, so bear this in mind!

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is similar to most others - a group discussion, a 1-1 (or 1-several) interview, an analysis task. Just use your nous and you'll be fine. For both the phone interview and the assessment centre, be ready with answers based on the values and skills that Tesco is looking for (these change all the time, but they should let you know in advance.)

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Tesco

Commercial Graduate, General Merchandise at Tesco

Application Advice: Don't just include a list of your skills and qualities on your CV/in the open-ended questions, back these up with examples of how you have demonstrated these at University or in work experience using the STAR technique.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate how your personal values fit with those of the organisation that you are applying to. Show examples of this in your interview or assessment centre tasks. You will not be expected to have in-depth technical knowledge about the area that you are applying to, but instead you should show your drive and enthusiasm to learn.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Go and visit a branch and get a grip on what's going in the market.

Interview Advice: Remember it's a Partnership. Find out what that means.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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Vodafone

Vodafone

Application Advice: Must have a passion for innovation

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Technology Graduate Trainee, IT at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Like any job application, you need to make it unique to the company. The characteristic that sets the Partnership apart from the rest is above all its core values. You need to have a deep level of affinity with these to have a fighting chance.

Interview Advice: Make sure you really have your finger on the retail pulse. You will need to know what's current in the retail world and in technology and know how these affect the Partnership.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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John Lewis Partnership

Technology Graduate, IT at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Make sure you really understand how John Lewis is different to other employers because it is a Partnership. Democracy and the role we play in owning the business is really important to the way the business is run.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Rotational Graduate Scheme)

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