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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Practice for the tests before carrying them out

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic, approachable and a team player.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Anaylst, Body + Bath (Merchandising) at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Do not worry about not having work experience in merchandising, they look for the right person and teach them the rest once your here.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Junior Business Analyst, IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Research off price retail

Interview Advice: Be honest and open, show interest and knowledge in the sector you are applying

Industry: Retail

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WH Smith

Graduate Project Manager, Project Management at WH Smith

Application Advice: Be prepared for a phone interview

Interview Advice: Be confident

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: It is challenging and practice is very important in terms of the online tests but they give you a good amount of time in which to complete them. I am an internal applicant so in that respect I would suggest that you get involved in everything you can, relationships are incredibly important in this business so the more people you know and more experience you gain will only help you as you build your career.

Interview Advice: Again I would suggest you practice with lots of different people from different levels and jobs. Try and be as relaxed as possible and have some ideas (that you have thought through) and some of your achievements up your sleeve.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Active at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Loss Prevention Graduate, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Prepare Show them what you've got Highlight relevant knowledge, skills and experience

Interview Advice: Know the business model, Off-Price Be yourself Prepare

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Los Prevention Graduate, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and be curious.

Interview Advice: Relax and let your personality show. Research and shop in the company's stores and come to the interview with new ideas.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Finance at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure you learn about the off-price model as it makes TJX very different from other retailers

Interview Advice: Come prepared and just be yourself

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Country Merchandiser, European Store Development at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, culture is so important in this business and you need to be sure this is the right fit for you. Ensure you are clear on what scheme you are applying to and what it involves.

Interview Advice: Make sure you do your homework about the business - go to our stores and ensure you are clued up on the business model - it is unique and not many other businesses operate this way in the UK, so it's important you understand what we are all about!

Industry: Retail

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AMV BBDO

Account Executive, Account Management at AMV BBDO

Application Advice: This industry is different to many and in my opinion embraces people for who they are. Therefore when applying the questions are intended to highlight what makes you an individual as opposed to reeling off how much work experience you have/ all the achievements obtained. I'd therefore advise candidates to be their complete self no matter how quirky that might be!

Interview Advice: When attending the interview, it's always good to be as confident as possible and aware of what is going on in wider society not just advertising. I'd suggest reading the news right up to the day of the interview and having on opinion on everything.

Industry: Retail

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Express Vending

Marketing Manager, Marketing at Express Vending

Application Advice: Be unique.

Interview Advice: Prepare for questions that will test your attitude. Don't be put off.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Finance Graduate, Financial Accounts at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Take some time to understand what the company is about, the way it works, its history and its values. TJX isn't any regular retailer, so it's good to really understand the job you will be doing before applying.

Interview Advice: Be yourself above anything else. This company has a big focus on finding the right personalities match, and isn't looking for your stereotypical stuffy accountant type! Show your inquisitive and interested side.

Industry: Retail

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Majestic Wine

Recruitment Consultant, People Team at Majestic Wine

Interview Advice: Thoroughly research the company's point of difference.

Industry: Retail

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Majestic Wine

New Talent Partner, Recruitment at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Do your research on the company and include specific information about what you know about the role/Majestic Wine that inspired you to apply for the role.

Interview Advice: Majestic Wine is full of positive, personable, hard working and committed employees. Therefore, we look for people who share that same enthusiasm, positive outlook and can ultimately communicate effectively with everyone who works at the company.

Industry: Retail

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Express Vending

Area Retail Manager, Retail at Express Vending

Application Advice: Stand out, talk about what makes you different from others.

Interview Advice: Be sure to get your personality across and be sure to have plenty of examples of leadership and other transferable skills.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Finance Graduate, Finance at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the company as much as possible beforehand, and think of things about yourself which will make you different from other candidates, whilst also fitting into the culture.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandise & Buying at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show your passion for the company

Interview Advice: Be yourself and prepare the off-price model

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be true to yourself.

Interview Advice: Be chatty and outgoing.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Highlight your key skills and experience within a retail/team environment.

Interview Advice: Be comfortable and engaging with the interviewer, don't be scared to just have a chat as being open and easy to talk to will get you far in this company.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Shoes Merchandising at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Be personable and confident! Share your thoughts & have fun!

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Showing excitement and interest.

Interview Advice: Curiosity, asking questions and team working.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Just be yourself. Personality is super important for the Company, as well as relationships. Don't be shy, enjoy yourself, and show curiosity!

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Logistics Analyst, Logistics at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Be open and honest. They are more interested in who you are as a person and if you would be a good cultural fit.

Industry: Retail

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VOLKSWAGEN Group UK

VOLKSWAGEN Group UK

Application Advice: Be honest and give the questions some thought. They aren't trying to trip you up or expect you to come up with something ground breaking that no one else has ever thought of before. They just want to know that you understand the basics and that they can develop you.

Interview Advice: Be genuine. The people interviewing have done it countless times before. They'll pick up very early on if the candidate is suitable or not. Prepare your answers. They will ask for examples based on "going above and beyond" and "leadership" examples etc. If you have these prepared with the way that you were able to implement, measure and deal with problems - you'll have a good answer.

Industry: Retail

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Express Vending

Marketing Executive, Marketing at Express Vending

Application Advice: Make your CV stand out.

Interview Advice: Be confident in the decisions you've made through your past work experience & education.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Core Merchandising / Buying at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be genuine and honest, enthusiastic and passionate Exercise for the logic/maths/linguistic tests

Interview Advice: Visit a store, and like something about it to be able to talk the interviewer through it. 1. company knowledge 2. plan for future 3. set back and success about one's own career/experience

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: -Highlight international experience and multilingual ability -In the video interview, be enthusiastic, positive and articulate - it doesn't matter so much what you say, more how you say it! -Make sure you say why you want to work for this company in particular; maybe do some research..!

Interview Advice: -Don't try to be the first one to speak, interrupt or disregard others. Teamwork is important rather than individual ability -Don't be afraid to give an opinion -Think about what you say and how you say it in order to earn the respect of the others in the team exercises -Visit a TK store before your interview, have opinions on what you've seen and what you might change

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Prepare well for the Online Video Interview. Be yourself!

Interview Advice: A lot of competency based interview questions. Think back to times you had to take over responsibility or show strength in emotional intelligence and talk about your experience - make it vivid!

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: The best bit of advice is to be honest and show your passion for a career in retail, as well as any experiences that you have that would be beneficial to this role. By giving these on your application the company can really get a sense of what you can bring to the business.

Interview Advice: Show your true character and passion, enthusiasm is key to having an enjoyable interview experience. Questions related to scenario type questions and how you dealt with situations. Also a few questions were asked about the brand and your awareness of current company campaigns and ideas.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Give yourself enough time to properly apply and think of creative answers to the questions.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and research the company beforehand.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Alocation Analyst, Buying and Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Practice papers.

Interview Advice: Research the company in great detail. Understand the off-price model.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst/Assistant Buyer, Merchandising and Buying Kids & Toys GM at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself but show your interests as best as you can. TJX are interested in recruiting a diverse array of people and any way you can show external interests and experience are great.

Interview Advice: Think about the big retail picture - I was asked about Brexit and what it would mean for the off price business world. Think about other candidates at the assessment centre too. They are interested in how you work and communicate with others and this is a big company focus.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Buying and Merchandising placement, Buying and Merchandising placement at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Properly prepare for the maths/English tests.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - they are looking to see if you fit into the culture.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Foreign languages are appreciated. Knowledge of the off-price model.

Interview Advice: Knowledge of the off-price model and the business more generally including competitors.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Share your opinions.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: have 3 fun facts about you ready

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Loss Prevention Manager, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Learn what an Off-price buisness is. Visit Tkmaxx and Homesense stores Do your research.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, they hire people for who they are. Think about why you want to work here, and don't give a generic answer, give an honest one. This is not only the companies chance to find out about you but also your chance to find out about us and whether you would like to here. Ask questions and be curious!!

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

eCommerce Payments and Fraud Specialist, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Just be yourself, the company values individuality

Industry: Retail

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WH Smith

Assistant Buyer, Buying – Food at WH Smith

Interview Advice: Think about the retail industry as a whole, particularly around WH Smith's areas of business (eg. food / drink / news & mags / books / stationary). Don't just focus on Smith's.

Industry: Retail

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WH Smith

International Finance Graduate, Finance at WH Smith

Interview Advice: Do research on both High Street and Travel beforehand. I was asked what is WHSmith Travel's most sold product.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Finance Graduate, Finance at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure you show you are interested in the company itself and in the retail sector - it is not just an understanding of Finance that counts.

Interview Advice: I would say it is very important to be yourself. Do not try to play a specific role, TJX is looking for people with values that fit into the company culture. The tasks at the assessment day give you a chance to show your personality and character, so just be as natural as possible.

Industry: Retail

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure you really understand the off price business model, and how that compares to full price.

Interview Advice: Lots of competency questions such as: - Tell me about a time when you've made a mistake. - Give an example of a time when you have used your initiative.

Industry: Retail

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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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Majestic Wine

Business Development Manager, Business Strategy at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: The people who love working at Majestic most are those who fit with our culture: energetic, entrepreneurial hard workers, who enjoy interacting with customers to give great service and are excited about growing the company (and hence your bonus/share package). Before applying, go into a store and talk to the team to get a feel for whether you would enjoy working there. Read the news about how we are modernising Majestic - it's a really exciting time to work here!

Interview Advice: Be yourself - it's a very relaxed, down-to-earth culture.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Business Technology Graduate (Operations), IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure you understand the companies model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Merchandising Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Through each step, stay true to yourself and give your best, that usually pays especially at TK Maxx. Make sure that you are prepared for some logical and technical tests.

Interview Advice: As above, be yourself. Be confident in your skills and your experiences while being humble. That is how you are going to excel.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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

Senior Allocation Analyst, Womenswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure that you know about and understand the off-price model really well before going for an interview!

Interview Advice: There were lots of questions about experiences e.g. 'tell me a time when you demonstrated x skill'. There was also a question on the video interview that asked me about off-price buying and then a following question that asks about off-price merchandising. Make sure you know the difference!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising – Womenswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and demonstrate examples to support all of your answers!

Interview Advice: Show confidence with your opinion!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Business Analyst, IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself throughout the interview process, TK Maxx are interested in your attitude and personality (still have to have the right qualifications), there is a big push here at TK Maxx surrounding giving any training that is needed.

Interview Advice: I was asked how I would describe Facebook to someone from Victorian Times, but I know other people got asked how would they explain the cloud to a child.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Understand the role before you do the application.

Interview Advice: Research the company and its business model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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American Express

Business Analyst, SPG: Internal Consulting at American Express

Application Advice: Be sure to do your research and tailor your application.

Interview Advice: Prepare well for Case Interviews.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Finance Planning Analyst, Commercial Finance at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be yourself, show your hunger and show ambition!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Prepare for a potential interview! Keep those energy levels up, be yourself and have fun. It is a great experience.

Interview Advice: Be sure to research as much as you can about the company, visit different stores. Let your passion for the company come through in the interview.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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VOLKSWAGEN Group UK

Area Manager, Aftersales at VOLKSWAGEN Group UK

Application Advice: Do your market/company research.

Interview Advice: Come with examples of your achievements and how YOU reached them.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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 Manager, at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Majestic Wine

Office Co-ordinator, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Research the company and position thoroughly.

Interview Advice: Research the career of your interviewer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Majestic Wine

Head of .Com and performance, E-commerce at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Passionate about customers and enjoy a fast-paced environment.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

CHT Phone & Email Manager, Customer Happiness Team at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be honest, this company are very good at seeing past the CV to discover base skills that will benefit the group as a whole, they employ from all walks of life and levels of experience. Culture and attitude is important.

Interview Advice: Role plays, good targeted questioning as well as open-ended tasks/questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Majestic Wine

Manager – Trainee, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Applicants need to motivated to do the role, demonstrate customer orientation and must prepare for the interview by visiting stores.

Interview Advice: Always have examples of your skills and experience that is suitable for the role. Also when you visit the store ask the employees what are the strengths of the company that makes it a strong viable proposition for customers shopping for wine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Research the company and the off-price model in particular. Think about competitors and visit the stores.

Interview Advice: I was asked about competitors, brands and what my opinion was of the store as well as competence questions. They will also ask you about the off-price model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show that you're a team player and keen to learn.

Interview Advice: Show passion, be yourself and don't overthink the questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Womenswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself! TJX look for happy, friendly people who want to enjoy the fun and positive atmosphere.

Interview Advice: What do you know about the off price model?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Sunglasses, Jewellery and Watches at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Whitbread

Operations Management Graduate, Premier Inn at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and be enthuastic. Having a good personality and being able to build relationships is key to this business.

Interview Advice: You are being assessed all day so remain professional even in casual conversation.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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, Active at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Practice the tests.

Interview Advice: Honestly: be who you are!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Body Bath and Beauty at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Practice the tests before applying.

Interview Advice: Be chatty and professional. Be very curious.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, E-Commerce at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic!

Interview Advice: Keep calm, visit TK Maxx stores before the interview.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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

Graduate Project Manager, IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: To know the business and be passionate.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Loss Prevention Graduate, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, relax and have fun! Don't be afraid to speak your mind!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Business Anaylst, Ecommerce at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself; as long as you are fun, have great communication and are willing to ask questions and get involved you will do just fine!

Interview Advice: Come with examples to back up answers, they will ask you real life situations and events where you have dealt with certain situations.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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TJX Europe

Business Technology Graduate, Logistics at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show your soft skills.

Interview Advice: Communication is key.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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TJX Europe

Loss Prevention Graduate, Loss Prevention at TJX Europe

Application Advice: The most important thing is that you fit into the culture and can fully identify yourself with it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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

Operations Graduate, at Whitbread

Application Advice: Enjoy the Assessment Centre day!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Whitbread

Graduate Operations Manager, Operations Management at Whitbread

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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Curve

Site Reliability Engineer, IT at Curve

Application Advice: Always do what you like.

Interview Advice: Study development!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Majestic Wine

Senior Assistant Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be prepared to muck in and do a bit of everything - whether it's shifting boxes or organising tastings, we all do our fair share. Be enthusiastic. We love wine and our customers love wine so we want to give them the best possible experience.

Interview Advice: Link your answers back to your experiences. Most importantly focus on your team ethic, customer service and enthusiasm for sales.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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WH Smith

Graduate Trainee Buyer, Seasonal Stationery at WH Smith

Application Advice: WHSmith is very data driven and so you should be aware that numbers are involved in most decisions.

Interview Advice: Prepare for a SWOT analysis, team interview, do research about the business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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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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Majestic Wine

EA to MD, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Open, honest and being prepared.

Interview Advice: Be prepared.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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WH Smith

International Project Manager, International at WH Smith

Application Advice: Be able to show you can work with others. Communication needs to be evidently high. Show self confidence. Don't worry if your degree/uni/qualification is not the highest level. There's a range of backgrounds, you just need to show you can do the job.

Interview Advice: Show you can communicate with others.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WH Smith

Graduate Buyer, News and Magazines at WH Smith

Application Advice: Ensure that you have as many transferable skills on your CV as possible, and make sure you also submit a cover letter to make you stand out against other applicants.

Interview Advice: Make sure that you give a clear answer to interview questions, and provide a specific example when asked a skills based question.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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DHL Supply Chain

Warehouse Front Line Manager and Project Lead, Warehouse at DHL Supply Chain

Application Advice: Be very clear if you do/do not want to work in a particular sector. The graduate team would prefer you to be honest so that they ensure you are placed in the best position instead of having to try and move you once you start.

Interview Advice: Draw on as much experience as possible, have confidence in what you are saying. Always show how passionate you are.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Sky

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Sky

Application Advice: Show passion, knowledge and authenticity.

Interview Advice: By yourself and do your homework. Go to the interview prepared with what Sky has done, is doing and what you think the challenges for Sky are or will be in the future. Sky does much more than just TV (eg. NOW TV, Sky Media, content producer, sells content, broadband, Sky Mobile, CSR initiatives etc..), make it clear you know this.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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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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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Operational Sourcing Buyer, Foodbuy at Compass Group

Application Advice: Work on your ability to understand how a business actually functions according to a profit/loss account. Also remain open minded about roles as there is the opportunity to rotate.

Interview Advice: Work on your competencies and try to ensure you have a different example for each. Don't just rely on your degree - it's a grad scheme, everyone has one.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, St Albans Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Extra-curricular activities go a long way. Everyone has their A levels and degrees but what makes people stand out is the experience they have gained elsewhere. For example, volunteering at university to run student led committees or captaining sports teams etc. These kind of roles bring out personality traits that are very important to the recruitment team at Majestic.

Interview Advice: Have a little read up on wine before you go to an interview. It is not at all a necessity to know anything about wine before starting work for Majestic, however one of the questions I was asked was to sell wine to my interviewer for a dinner party. A quick research on wine and food matches would be enough to give a solid answer for this question. Prior to your interview it is also worth researching a bit about how Majestic sell wine, particularly about the mix six discount which is pivotal to enticing customers into leaving with at least six bottles rather than just the one.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Stores at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Makes sure you research the company. Just be you.

Interview Advice: Make sure that you research the company and visit a store before you go for your interview so that you are fully prepared and can have a chat with the staff in the stores about the role and responsibilities to make sure that the job is right for you. The interview process is quite quick and it's really laid back and relaxed. You will have your first interview which is all about you as a person, what interests you, why Majestic? Sell a bottle of Wine to the interviewee but dont panic, it's not about you being a Wine expert, they just want to see if you have the selling skills. You also go over what you have achieved in other roles or what University has given you. If you are successful on the first interview, you will be invited to a second interview whereby they are interested in what you can bring to the company, where do you think Majestic can take you career wise and where you see yourself in 5 years. Also ask why do Majestic stores have tasting counters? And remember that at Majestic we are very customer focused so mention that and give any examples of where you have gone above and beyond for a customer before. Also ask, when have you been creative as we are a creative bunch at Majestic! Good luck!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Have a passion to learn. Be enthusiastic and friendly.

Interview Advice: Ask questions and be interested.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Majestic Wine at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Speak to as many current employees as possible. Do ask lots of questions primarily about the work life balance (especially during busy seasons), coping with unexpected overtime and the frequency of bonuses/perks in their role.

Interview Advice: Let your personality show. Do ask questions of the interviewer about the aspects of the role, their views on the good/bad aspects and the story of how they got to where they are now. It's a good way of building a connection but also finding out if this role is for you.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Head of Continuous Improvement, Group Strategy at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Majestic is a good place to work, go for it! It's a very down to earth culture here so bear that in mind when writing your application.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

People Director, People at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Research the company, speak to people who work here, make a considered judgement whether you love engaging with customers at all levels.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Copywriter, Content at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: An open mind!

Interview Advice: My original interview was for the grad scheme - for that I'd say make sure you brush up on your sales patter!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Emphasise your passion for customer service. Pre-existing wine knowledge not essential but ability and determination to learn important.

Interview Advice: Fairly straight forward competency interview. Essential to research the company culture and what makes Majestic stores different. Keen for your opinion on what makes good customer service and good retail practice. One naff question, where I was asked to give an instance when I had been inspired by something.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Executive Assistant to CEO & CFO, Plc at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Flexibility is key. There is no set job description so you need to adapt to the day to day needs of management and the business. You need to work independently but also be adept at fostering good working relationships with colleagues to make things work smoothly.

Interview Advice: Have examples ready of situations where you have used your skill set and how you can add value to the business. Be relaxed and open and don't be afraid to admit past failings but demonstrate how you've overcome them.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Majestic Wine

Majestic Wine

Application Advice: The job is in essence a good one, even if management and bureaucracy prove frustrating at times. The people you work with are outstanding though.

Interview Advice: Have a base level of knowledge to talk about. They aren't looking for in depth knowledge - that comes with time - but more the ability to make a vaguely coherent sales pitch.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Need to be ready to do the manual labour side of the job, as well as understanding the business side. Majestic offers the chance to progress within the company but you need to be ready to get stuck in and take on all aspects of the retail life.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You need to have great customer service skills as the company thrive the most on this. Product knowledge is great, or just a firm interest in wine and spirits.

Interview Advice: Your selling skills will be touched on quite a bit and what you think you can bring to the company to make it more successful.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Wine Guru, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Really think about who Majestic wants working for them. - They are all about the people (their employees and their customers.) Don't focus on what you don't know (I had minimal prior knowledge of wine before I started) but rather focus on what you do have and what you can bring to the company. It is also really important to think about the world of retail and how as a company Majestic can really thrive.

Interview Advice: The interview is more of an informal chat than your standard graduate interview - So relax and just think about what you can bring to the job and what you think Majestic want from their employees.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Customer service is the key to Majestic Retail - really focus on this and use good examples. Team work and felxibility are vital too.

Interview Advice: Have examples ready for customer service, team work, sales etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Post Office

Product Manager, Financial Services at Post Office

Application Advice: Be honest and yourself during the application process. We just want to see if you are the right fit for the business and more importantly for your development, to see if the business is the right fit for you.

Interview Advice: Come prepared - the business has a unique history and position in society, ensure you have done your research.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Development)

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Post Office

Post Office

Application Advice: Be authentic and don't be afraid to have an edge! Personality and affability is important at POL.

Interview Advice: Customers, customers, customers!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Hilti GB Ltd

Hilti Centre Representative, at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be yourself. We want to know you for who you are, not what you think you should be.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Account Manager, at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Research the company and it's culture.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Hilti GB Ltd

HCR, at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be prepared to work hard but be rewarded.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Dining Region 1 at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be honest and yourself.

Interview Advice: Show your personality Make sure you prepare!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Hilti Centre Rep, London at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Sales)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Research the company well! TJX Europe prides itself on it's business model and culture. Understand this, and everything will feel a lot more comfortable. If you are not bubbly, outgoing and happy with making & maintaining relationships, this is not the job for you.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be openminded and ready to learn whilst also being under the pressure of real responsibility in the roles you find.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Activewear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: - TJX Europe accepts many differing degree backgrounds- do not be put off if you haven't studied fashion/ business.

Interview Advice: - Be open and honest. - Ask questions- be curious!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself - the assesors are professionals - they'll see straight through you. At the end of day, once you've passed the basic requirements - will you treat people fairly and act with courageous integrity? The final thing would be, would I want to work with this person on my team? It's so important to be yourself and let the assessors see this.

Interview Advice: I really can't remember - but just be honest, what is the best and fairest outcome?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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New Look

Delivery admin assistant, Wholesale at New Look

Application Advice: Research the brand and understand it is fast pace.

Interview Advice: Be confident, sell yourself as knowing it's fast fashion and workload is high.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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New Look

, at New Look

Application Advice: Be proactive and do your research on the company/market.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Boots

Retail Management Graduate, Store Management at Boots

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

Interview Advice: Be confident and most importantly be yourself, don't try to pretend your different to how you really are. Assessment centres change every year but format will usually consist of a group exercise, individual interview and a presentation on a product range in the store.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Ecommerce at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, have an opinion.

Interview Advice: It's more about the way you approach things and your thought process than it is the answer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, individuality makes this company what it is! Don't be afraid to have an opinion and be supportive of others, the company thrives on developing people.

Interview Advice: How do you deal with ambiguous situations.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, be creative and show your passion for the company.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Intimates at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show positivity, a passion for the company and why it is different to normal high street retailing. Curiosity and proactivity are two traits we love to see.

Interview Advice: Research the Off-Price model. Understand we are a global company.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandising Development Manager, Merch Development at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Identify strengths and development areas. If you are talking about challenges you have faced-how did you overcome them/turn it into an opportunity? Be yourself, read up on the company before the interview. Show passion.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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

Assistant Merchandiser, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Must display a passion for product, aptitude for maths and be a people person. Great relationships are an integral part of the company culture.

Interview Advice: Come prepared to the interview: read up on the company and the off price model. You must have visited some of our stores and other retailers and be willing to share opinions about the differing in store experiences.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Intern, Merchandising/Buying at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be curious and ask lots of questions, show your interest and do a lot of research about the company.

Interview Advice: Drawing a lot from previous experiences, a lot of scenario questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, have fun and be curious.

Interview Advice: Have your own opinion.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Retail Business Manager, Operations at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Gain experience in the industry. Achieve a 2:1 at university. Speak to current area managers in the company. Understand our different brands. Understand the responsibilities of an area manager.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Kids and Toys at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Inform yourself about the off-price business model and be aware that the job requires logical thinking and the ability to analyse numbers.

Interview Advice: Know the Company, its business model and where it is in the market. Be aware what effect the business model has on your future job role. Think of various examples in your experience where you had to embody different roles and deal with problems.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and show your personality/individuality!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Interview Advice: Make sure you are very familiar with the companies values. HSBC places a big emphasis on cultural fit, and in my opinion, preferences it over 'harder' competencies. Emotional intelligence is also key, so it'd be worth doing some research into EI.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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KFC UK & Ireland

Restaurant General Manager trainee, Restaurant Operations at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Make the most of in restaurant experience. See your role as trainee RGM and immerse yourself in everything it involves, it's not forever.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and ask all the questions possible, be sure to feel you fully know what to expect in the role by the end of the interview.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, South East at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: If you're really into wine then show this during the interviews. Really consider this job before applying as most people will tell you what you want to hear and not the real truth about working here. It's not a bad job but it's not what I would call a proper graduate scheme. They recruit and employ around 200 people a year because the staff turn over is high.

Interview Advice: At the first interview you're asked to sell one of three products, Champagne, White Wine or a Red Wine. You're also asked to describe a time when you where in a particular situation etc. etc. At the second interview you are interviewed by a senior manager (Regional or Store Manager) they ask questions about how passionate you are towards wine, what you would do in various situations if you were working at majestic wine etc. Be passionate about wine and show this, be a people person and enthusiastic. It's pretty easy to get through if you are.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You must be a people person with a strong understanding of customer service and how to implement it. A passion of wine is also a plus.

Interview Advice: Important to be able to talk about customer service experience. Have a proper understanding of the Majestic offering which can be gained from the website. I'd advise visiting your local Majestic branch with some pertinent questions for staff there to get a better understanding of the day to day role. Research how to sell a particular red and white wine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Twickenham (Region E) at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Know how to sell a bottle of wine, you get tested on it. Pop into your local store and have a chat with the team, they will be more than willing to lend advice.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Boots

Store Manager, at Boots

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, Peterborough at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Research the company so that you are aware of the style of business that you could potentially be entering. Make sure that all questions are answered in full and to the best of your ability. Put down everything that you have achieved in your career whether it be in a work place or in study because you never know how it may relate to the role that you are applying for. It can also help you stand out from the other candidates.

Interview Advice: Be honest about your knowledge in the sector of wine, prepare before your interview and learn about Majestic wine and visit your local store if at all possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Banbury at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Helps to have an interest in wines and be passionate and interested to learn. Having the ability to talk about what interests you.

Interview Advice: Be comfortable and confident when answering the questions. Ability to talk to the interviewer and get across your interests.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, Hertford at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Visit a Majestic wine store so you can get a feel for the atmosphere of a store and speak to the team to get a few different impressions on the day to day roles within the life of a Majestic employee.

Interview Advice: One of the stand out parts of the interview is being asked to sell a bottle of wine to the interviewer, this is a selling task and not a knowledge based task. Talk about what you have achieved and done on a personal level, any retail experience is really good to be able to reflect back on.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Peterborough at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: If you are friendly and chatty this job is for you. Really get this across in your application.

Interview Advice: Show passion for wine. It doesn't matter if you know nothing about wine just demonstrate a willingness to learn.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Retail manager at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Look at practical aspects of the job as well as the sales/wine aspects.

Interview Advice: Confidence and character are much more important than wine knowledge.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, Hertford at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Make sure that you visit a Majestic store first before your interview to get a feel for what the company is all about. You don't have to be a Wine expert, but what the recruitment team really like and look for is; an individual with a drive to succeed and a willingness to progress, as well as having a fun and bubbly personailty that you need to get you through the long days. Please note that you are sponsored on to a Wine course, so you have to be willing to learn and study in your own time as well as training for your management position.

Interview Advice: You are asked to sell the interviewer a bottle of wine. They are not looking for Wine knowledge in this task, they are looking at your ability to sell, therefore include things such as, add sales, the free glass hire we supply, the free chiller bin hire, the free delivery and also sale of return and so on. Think outside the box. As our tasting counters in store are at the forefront of everything we do daily, make sure you learn why we have these and its advantages. Why is Majestic different from supermarkets? What are the differences? Tell me a time that you have been creative? Who inspires you and why? Give me an example of a manager you have worked for in the past that inspires you!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, Surrey at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: If you're a people person who loves talking to customers all day, you love wine/beer/spirits and want to learn more, and you are ambitious and want to progress quickly in your career - then this is the job for you!

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Majestic are looking for fun, friendly individuals to engage with customers in store. Don't be shy.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be honest about your wine knowledge from the start. It doesn't matter if you don't know anything, as long as you want to learn, then it's fine. But do at least have an opinion on wine; from the get go people will ask your opinion.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic and energetic, because they want that in the stores. You don't have to show leadership skills, just be honest about how well you work in teams, because they become like your family. Look on the website for the Majestic principles, they love it if you know about them before hand.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Twickenham (Region E) at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Visit stores and talk to staff of different rank to get an idea of the job you'll be doing.

Interview Advice: Be passionate about wine and people.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Business Technology Analyst, Information Technology at TJX Europe

Application Advice: At the assessment centre - be yourself as the company's culture is really unique and you should determine whether or not it suits your personality and aspirations. Tailor well your application beforehand so you explicitly show what interests you being part of the TK maxx's experience. Visit some stores and familiarise yourself with our merchandise and what's different about us in the retail world.

Interview Advice: You will have to perform a presentation at the assessment centre and you will have a choice of questions. Mainly related to the company. Do your research and you will be more confident speaker knowing some of the key facts about the company. Research the concept of 'off-price' business model (essential).

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, East at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Customer service is key.

Interview Advice: Sell a bottle of wine to the interviewer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be advised it is a lot of lifting and when you are a new trainee you will be asked to do deliveries. But it is so much fun! You will learn so much and work with some great people!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Driver, South at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Go for it, there's a lot to learn.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and engage people.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to show your personality and your social skills.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, London at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Really understand what the role is as it's not all about tasting different wines and customer sales. It's a retail role, long days, not many weekends off, the driving part (can you handle days on your own in the van), and then ultimately being left in-charge of running a store.

Interview Advice: Be passionate, being able to communicate is very important, the ability to work in a team environment but also individually, and smile.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Accessories at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself - focus on getting across the type of person you are as opposed to scripting answers on the company's performance etc. Understand the culture of the company - there's lots of information on the website detailing with what a TJX employee looks like.

Interview Advice: Mainly generic interview questions - biggest weakness, a time when you've lead, a time when you've been pushed out of your comfort zone etc. etc. Be prepared for group tasks - be vocal and involved but not overly assertive. They are looking for people who can talk and communicate with others, not who can shout the loudest.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Accessories at TJX Europe

Application Advice: My advice for someone interested in applying for a position in TK Maxx is to research and read up on the company. I would particularly focus upon it's unique business model and be aware of how it compares to other conventional full price retail business models.

Interview Advice: The interviews at TK Maxx are primarily concerned with finding out who you are as person and how well you are able to work as part of a bigger team. One of the major things to consider when applying for TK Maxx and/or when attending an assessment centre, is to ask yourself how comfortable you feel working with uncertainty (working in the grey) on a daily basis. Whether it be with daily tasks or long term goals, as due to the fast paced nature of the business it's difficult to know all the information, outcomes, possibilities, eventualities etc. all the time, with the role requiring fast paced decision making and thinking.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Boots

, at Boots

Application Advice: Be yourself and be honest.

Interview Advice: Show your leadership qualities.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, show your individuality and your passion for the TJX model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Do some research on the company, and show interest both in buying and merchandising.

Interview Advice: Be curious, ask questions and give your opinion.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Boots

Assistant Manager, Supplier Strategy at Boots

Application Advice: Be yourself and share your passions/ what motivates you.

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be passionate about wine, friendly and approachable.

Interview Advice: Sell me this wine! Name a time you have been inspired/received great customer service.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Warehouse Manager, Wine and Spirits at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: This job is dynamic and requires a degree of physical fitness and a sense of humour.

Interview Advice: Be open and honest. They are not recruiting wine experts so show enthusiasm.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, Welwyn Garden City at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself! Chatty and energetic. Helps to do a little research into the company too!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Key Account Manager, Commercial at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Show you are an intelligent well rounded individual.

Interview Advice: Be passionate about wine and retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Home at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure you research the off price model, visit stores and chat to the staff there about how off price is different to full price.

Interview Advice: Get passionate and excited about the company and be nice and friendly! Make sure you can talk about the off price model, and why you suit the role and the company. Try not to think about the other candidates as competition as you could all get the job.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, curious and passionate.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: A general knowledge of wine will be handy.

Interview Advice: I was asked to recommend a wine from a choice of 4 wines sat on the table in front of me. So having a general knowledge about styles and pairings would be handy.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Financial Conduct Authority

Associate, Retail Lending at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: - Demonstrate the 5 cultural characteristics.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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PayPal

, Partner Management at PayPal

Application Advice: Sounds cliche but be yourself and show interest in e-commerce and payment landscape.

Interview Advice: Standard questions about your experiences, why you would be a good fit, your motivations for applying etc. A cheeky question I got as well was 'if you were a biscuit what sort would you be?'

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: If you can be approachable and friendly and hold a conversation with someone you don't know then you can consider yourself for the job. The knowledge of wine is not necessary and it is all learnt once in the role. Be prepared to work long days and do a lot of manual handling.

Interview Advice: In the first interview you will be asked to sell the interviewer a bottle of wine. They aren't looking for product knowledge, they are looking for engagement and selling Majestic as a brand and the USP's the company has. These can be learnt by visiting any one of the stores and chatting to staff.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Show off your personality as Majestic want people their customers will love.

Interview Advice: Mini sales pitch for a bottle of wine, no wine knowledge needed for this but make it fun and cheesy.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You must be very passionate about wine and working in the retail sector.

Interview Advice: Lead with your passion and that will shine through. The company loves people that are very passionate about wine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: It is all about customer service.

Interview Advice: Enthusiasm.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Any experience is good experience so put it down, it can help you have an extra string to your bow.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic and energetic. If you're not sure on something just answer as best as you can but don't waffle! It's helpful, even if you don't really know anything about wine, that you actually like it and can show a willingness to throw yourself into it.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Market Harborough at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest. We as a company want to see the real you, as you are who the customers are going to see! Be confident, positive, ready for a challenge and hard work. Wine knowledge can be learned but being a confident people person is a key part of the role. If your a committed confident team player this is the job for you!

Interview Advice: Make sure you have done some research on the company, its competitors, what makes Majestic different, why shop with us. Visit a store before you do so you have an idea of what we are about.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and let your personality shine through.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Interview Advice: Know about the company, know about merchandising and have a passion for the product!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Accessories at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Smile and be yourself.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! Ask a lot of questions. Be curious.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Home at TJX Europe’

Interview Advice: TJX employs genuine and nice people. On the assessment day, try to be yourself as much as possible and show how you can work with others and build strong relationships.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Women’s Intimates at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Just be who you are and STAY IT! Just ask a lot of questions and be as curious as you can. Take initiatives and risks. Be creative.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be curious and interested in retail and the off-price concept!

Interview Advice: Have a chat with everyone you meet and be relaxed.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Ecommerce Project Analyst, Ecommerce IT at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Culture is everything - Be interested and friendly and you'll be fine.

Interview Advice: Know about the company - you'll be tested on this.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and try and come across happy, articulate and curious. Curiosity is one of the most heralded traits.

Interview Advice: Do your research on the off price model and competitors as you will be asked. Be friendly and interested in the interviewer as well as the company as networking is important. Show that you know who the TKMaxx customer is (everyone) and comment on stores/e-commerce.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Active at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, culture is massively important in this company and being a personal fit is important for both parties. Use a mixture of work and home life examples, work life balance is an important factor here.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, don't be afraid to speak out. Everyone will be really friendly. Team is hugely important here, reference team experiences.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Ecommerce at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, relax and ask a lot of questions.

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work for TKMaxx? Why buying and merchandising? What are you most proud of? Biggest challenge you have over come?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Menswear at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, your character is more important than your ability.

Interview Advice: Have an opinion and back it up with facts. Believe in what you're saying! Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Hilti GB Ltd

Account Manager, North IF at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest make sure everything you say is correct and precise as they will go through your CV and question you on it during the interview stage.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the interview!! They are very strategic and are used to working out what type of person you are as well as your skills and abilities, you can not cheat the interview so know your stuff. You may get some curveball questions but keep your cool you can not get them wrong.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Sales)

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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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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Mens Basics at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Read up on the tk max business model - understand what this means for the merchandise and buying roles - past paced / product bought close to need / the responsibility that you will have in impacting and driving your own departments. If you believe and love the business model and are a driven individual then you'll love the company. Make sure you demonstrate this and show curiousity in the business and how we compare to the high street.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Essentra

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Essentra

Application Advice: Research what the role entails and check whether your skills match the day to day requirements of the role. Think of times during previous roles or education you have demonstrated working with data or managing different personalities, for example. Enjoy being challenged in different ways as Procurement involves varying tasks and liaising with people at different levels, both internally and externally.

Interview Advice: Why Procurement and not another field? Provide examples of negotiation and working with data at university/previous roles. Provide examples of problem solving/overcoming challenges. Education/work experience questions

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Mars

, at Mars

Application Advice: Self awareness is critical at Mars.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Sales)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, E-commerce at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be curious, open-minded and friendly. Relationships are key and it is fine to make mistakes!

Interview Advice: - Ask lots of questions. - Be proactive.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Analyst, at TJX Europe’

Interview Advice: Be curious.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Sales)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Womenswear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Do your research and talk about your previous experience/education whilst displaying your passion for the role and the company! Don't be daunted by the online tests and the video interview - but practice for the tests as much as possible before and prepare for the video interview with a good knowledge of the company and the function you are applying to.

Interview Advice: Be confident throughout the day at the assessment centre. Don't be afraid to have an opinion but manage respectfully the opinion of others. In your interview - show curiosity and ask lots of questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: The company is very open to finding talented people from all variety of backgrounds so just be yourself and don't feel pressure to portray yourself as a particular 'type' of person.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and honest, show curiosity and interest and just be nice!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Regional HCR, Hilti Centre – North at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: SHOW PLENTY OF ENTHUSIASM FOR THE ROLE. SHOW DRIVE TO SUCCEED AND DEVELOP.

Interview Advice: EXAMPLE OF WHEN YOU EXCEEDED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS. EXAMPLE OF WHEN YOU DELIVERED BELOW CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS AND HOW YOU RESOLVED THE SITUATION. WHY HILTI?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Ecom at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Learn what you can about the off price model & use some of the buzz words in your application.

Interview Advice: Again, earn what you can about the off price model, the company & be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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PayPal

Strategy & Analysis Intern, Operations at PayPal

Application Advice: Try to find people from your school/university that work at PayPal in order to ask them to explain you the details of the different services and positions. This way, you will be able to apply to the most suitable position for you.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and show your interest for the sector and the product.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Home Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: There are so many people here from different academic backgrounds so even if you don't have a 'retail' background, play on your strengths and what you can bring to the role. Hone in on the skills you've developed through university, as well as through part-time jobs etc.

Interview Advice: TK Maxx is hugely different from other retailers, so to have some knowledge of how we differ from the mainstream will really help get you into the mind set for the assessment days. I was asked where I saw TJX Europe in the next 5 years? My biggest flaws, but also where I felt I excelled.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Dundee at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: The job is hard but rewarding. Requires passion and people's skills. Involves phisical and mental tasks.

Interview Advice: Be optimistic and enthusiastic, flexibility is highly appreciated. As outgoing as possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Womenswear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Willing/eager to learn and develop yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Management at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Appear eager to learn, willing to get stuck in with manual work and most importantly personable.

Interview Advice: Emphasise your passion for and experience working in customer service, are you capable of listening to and holding conversation with customers. Show a willingless to learn and know that it doesn't matter if you know very little about wine, as long as you are keen to amend this. Try to be comfortable in order to show your personality. Be prepared to talk about some of your interests to demonstrate to the interviewer that you will make good conversation in store.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Shoes Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be bubbly, bold and think outside the box. Speak another language. Be passionate about the product.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Sky

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Sky

Application Advice: Be yourself. They want to imagine they can work with you on a day to day basis.

Interview Advice: Learn as much as you can about the role you are applying for and then do your research. Be prepared for questions that are focused on the role in the context of Sky.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Graduate, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be your best self. Just be completely honest about yourself.

Interview Advice: Every time they ask any questions be completely open and vulnerable, it's an opportunity to show them exactly who you are.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Prepare.

Interview Advice: Know good examples of partnership behaviours.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Senior Analyst, Men’s Basics, Men’s Accesories and Men’s Lifestyle at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself and be human - have a bit of character and enjoy yourself. Understand TK's unique business model.

Interview Advice: Smile and don't be a corporate robot!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Emphasise your willingness and interest to learn and develop.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be friendly and showcase your enthusiasm and curiosity.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself, show your personality, be prepared and do your homework on the company.

Interview Advice: Learn the business model.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Make sure you really understand the off price world and make sure it's reflected in your application. Do you research.

Interview Advice: Be curious and ask lots of questions in the interviews. Just try and understand TK Maxx and the off price world as much as possible and talk with passion about the company and what we are trying to achieve.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Global Production Support Analyst, Global Production Support at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be confident and research the company. Be aware of the unique off price model we adopt. Think about why you want to work for TJX and how you would fit into the culture. Read up on where the company has been and where it's going.

Interview Advice: Have examples of how you've demonstrated what you perceive as your strengths in past jobs/university. Research the company and off price model. Show passion for the role. Be prepared to think 'outside the box'.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: APPLY! It honestly is the most amazing company and the grad scheme is fantastic. Be passionate, be yourself and if you like to have fun at work...TK is the place for you.

Interview Advice: Don't offend the business model. Ensure you head to a TK Maxx or Homesense store before you come for the interview to get a real understanding for the off price model. We are unique, we are off price but that doesn't make us a jumble sale.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Read up on the off price model and the company.

Interview Advice: Let your personality come across.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocaion Analyst, Garden and Seasonal at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Just show how passionate you are. Here we love passionate people.

Interview Advice: In the interview just be yourself and don't try to create a character because we love a little bit of craziness here.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Do your research, be yourself and be enthusiastic.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Interview Advice: Be curious, ask pertinent questions and listen.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Restaurant manager, Operations at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Only get involved if you're willing to work hard and quickly.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, have fun and engage.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandiser, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be honest and show curiosity.

Interview Advice: Ask lots of questions and be humble.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Department Manager, Branch at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Research leadership behaviours and insure the application contains examples which are aligned to core values and behaviours required.

Interview Advice: As above.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose leadership graduate, Leadership at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself at interview and think outside the box.

Interview Advice: Do your research into competitors, the market and the future of the business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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BT (British Telecom)

Buyer, Procurement at BT (British Telecom)

Application Advice: Make sure you read up on procurement roles and responsibilities and maybe familiarise yourself with governance, contract T's&C's as well as the different types of products and services BT buy.

Interview Advice: Be honest and open about yourself, always think of what value you bring to the company and only give examples that showcase a particular strength - don't ramble or go off on tangents.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Siemens

Siemens

Application Advice: Be innovative and think outside the box.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for a range of competency based questions, presentations and case study.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Jaguar Land Rover

Graduate Buyer, Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Don't rely on loving cars as a reason for wanting to work here. Many of the applicants love the JLR brands so it is nothing special. I was never that excited by cars and I was honest about that in my interview and I think that helped me because it meant I had to give other, more interesting reasons as to why I wanted to work here. e.g. exciting, international business; lots of investment in training etc.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Majestic Wine

Lead Store Manager, Majestic Wine at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: If you have a passion for wine this is definitely one of the best learning grounds and if you are looking to get into retail they are good at training you up. If you don't have a particular interest in either I'd probably suggest this isn't for you. Prepare to work hard and you get rewarded.

Interview Advice: Think about how well you work in a team, where you have shown good leadership and management skills. Show an enthusiasm for customer service and sales.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be prepared for physical hard work as well as being mentally stimulated at work.

Interview Advice: Majestic hire personalities, not CVs. Show your personality.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, London at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: As long as you are enthusiastic about wine and have a passion to learn more about it, you're an ideal candidate for the job!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You need to have some interest in wine. No need to be an expert, training is excellent and you'll get to study towards the WSET level 3 exam in wine and spirits. Research the role fully, talk to someone in your local store.

Interview Advice: Examples of providing great customer service, sell me this bottle of wine (you can read the back first), why are you applying for this role? What is your interest in wine? etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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

Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Demonstrate your passion for the product and your willingness to succeed. An enthusiastic approach is key to development and progression.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, G at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Have a passion for the drinks business and have a friendly approachable personality.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Wine/ Spirits at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and show a real passion for wine- you don't have to be an expert when you start, because you learn so fast! Be prepared to be flexible and committed, the long hours mean you have to really get stuck in and enjoy the job. Whether it be the wine side or the retail side.

Interview Advice: I was asked to assess the strengths and weaknesses of previous managers, to do a sales pitch for a bottle of wine, to consider my own strengths and weaknesses and why I was passionate about wine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Store Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Go into a local store and talk to the team. They will be able to give you an honest opinion about what it's like to work for Majestic

Interview Advice: Why have you applied for Majestic? Talk about a situation where you have performed as a team. What do you consider to be great customer service?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Have a genuine passion for wine and the drinks industry at large. But also, almost more important is the want for great customer service.

Interview Advice: Research the company. Know where they are heading and what sets them apart from the competition - what is the competition? Think about what drives and inspires you - it is interesting to think of something that doesn't necessarily involve wine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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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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Pareto Law

Sales Team at Pareto Law

Application Advice: Listen to the advice of the Graduate management team. Maintain focus throughout assessment days. Keep in mind the competencies we are assessing for.

Interview Advice: Be confident and bold.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Pareto Law

Pareto Law

Application Advice: Be yourself. As a company we look for people with the right attitude and personality - everything else we can train you on. So it's important to let us see who you really are!

Interview Advice: Prepare some good questions to ask. It's great when someone does some great research on us, then asks really intelligent questions. It shows a genuine interest in the company and what we do.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Sales)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure you research the company and our values and employee characteristics prior to applying - bear these in mind both at application stage when answering questions and also during interview and assessment centre stage! Ensure your answers to the application questions are based on current developments in the financial sector as well as your own ideas. Also do ensure your cover letter and CV are proofread by multiple people and contain all experience that would make you an outstanding graduate!

Interview Advice: For competency-based questions ensure you use relevant experiences from a multitude of backgrounds -personal life, university, school etc. Our interviews stress the importance of company values so do make sure you research those and include them in your answers too!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Wine Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: It isn't all about wine. Plenty of heavy lifting and driving involved in the job.

Interview Advice: Show that you're passionate about anything and that you're willing to transfer that to wine. If you're passionate about wine and alcohol in general you're onto a winner!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Take it as far as you can. There is clear progression available in the company so try and jump on that.

Interview Advice: Research the company. Ask lots of questions on how it has changed over the past year and why.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Devon at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: I would tell candidates to really get involved and go into several of the stores and ask questions about the role. I think this is really important!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, majestic like to take down to earth, honest people!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Graduate, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be yourself, if the company isn't right for you then that's fine, apply because you want to and not because you need to.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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

Section Manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself. The success of a candidate is based very much on character as this is a role that demands people skills.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Graduate Section Manager, Retail Management at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Read up on the democratic structure. The structure is individual to any other company. Read up on the Partnership behaviours, this is what you are getting assessed on within the interview process.

Interview Advice: Be authentic and make sure that everyone is involved within the group exercise.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Business Development Manager, Online Trade at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Show your personality and be direct. Always have evidence for any information and make sure you are yourself.

Interview Advice: Think about our history, your skills and how you would apply those in retail. Always give a response and think about the 'so what' follow up question.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Scheme, London at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be authentic. Please do not respond to the question: what is your biggest weakness? With the answer Perfectionist, or some other manipulated answer. Be open and honest, with a willingness to want to improve.

Interview Advice: You will be asked a lot of questions about you. Not so much about work experience or your working life. It'll be a journey. So think hard about who you are and where you want to be.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Nestle

Sales Graduate, Asda at Nestle

Application Advice: Ensure that you show passion as to why you particularly want to work here. Make sure you have researched your specific function and have experience to back that up.

Interview Advice: Be yourself as then you know whether you got the job on that but most of all be prepared and make sure you have plenty of examples for competency questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Kfc Operations graduate, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Enjoy the good days because the bad days are extra tough in an environment such as retail.

Interview Advice: Research company on their values and relate them to yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: It's all about people and wine, you need to be great with the first and able to learn about the second.

Interview Advice: Sell a bottle of wine, when have you been inspired.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Scheme, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Do your basic research into the business - don't neglect its culture. Visit at least one store - ask the team questions.

Interview Advice: If you express specific interest in particular departments of the business, ensure your passion for that sector is conveyed in the interview. Think about the basic personal questions that one might take for granted e.g. what do you do in your spare time?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, Region D at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Apply online. First interview with a store manager, second with a Regional Manager.

Interview Advice: We look for like-minded people - show a passion for wine and a flair for customer service!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Graduate Restaurant General Manager, South at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be your best self. KFC thrives on the authenticity of its graduates and being a real human being.

Interview Advice: Be vulnerable. KFC loves people who are looking to improve themselves and others around them and want to know, you know your faults and are willing to change them.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, Midlands at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Come into a store and chat to people so you know what you're applying for.

Interview Advice: Before the interview come and have a chat, we really are friendly and want to help.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Trainee manager at store level at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Just be honest, you're asked in interview about your application. Experience in customer service definitely is an advantage.

Interview Advice: Know a lot about the company, Majestic is changing a lot at the moment (for the better!) and you should know about what is happening and changing. Don't worry you won't be expected to know a lot about wine! Just be open minded and passionate.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Research the partnership principles and speak to partners about their experiences.

Interview Advice: Focus on behaviours and own experiences of dealing with others.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Majestic Wine

New Talent Partner, People Team at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself! Majestic want people to join the family who are passionate about people, customer service and our products. If you have the opportunity to gain retail or hospitality experience before your interview, definitely do it so that you have lots of examples up your sleeve when asked key competency questions. Sell yourself in your application, including what you are most proud of, what you think the interviewer would be interested in hearing about. Whether that is hobbies or awards, make sure they know these fantastic achievements. Finally, make sure you have done your research before applying. Will you enjoy working in an active, retail environment? If you are unsure, visit a couple of stores and get to know the people that work there to see if you can imagine yourself in this environment.

Interview Advice: For your interview - Demonstrate whether you are ready to commit to a Retail Management scheme and show that in the interview. If you do your homework and visit a number of stores and read up on Majestic, this will give you an idea of what 'a day in the life of a trainee' gets up to and something you can explain in your interview. Don't be shy- Working in a Majestic store, you need to be confident enough to help all of our customers, so ooze confidence in your interview to demonstrate those people skills that we look for in our Trainee Managers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You do not need to know a huge amount about wine just show that you are interested and willing to learn. Retail management is generally hard to get into without previous retail experience but hospitality experience is the same transferable skills. You will be asked to give examples of how you have worked in a customer facing role, sold products to meet sales targets and gone above and beyond to meet a customers expectations. Research what makes Majestic Wine different to their competition.

Interview Advice: You will be asked to sell a bottle of wine to the member of staff interviewing you. Go visit a store before an interview and the staff will tell you more about what to expect.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Fashion at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself, if you try to be someone you are not then it won't suit. This is a very personal business. Put the effort into your research. Confidence is key, but ensuring that you respect and consider all others opinions is significantly part of that.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be prepared to work long hard days particularly at Christmas and in Summer, and lift with your knees.

Interview Advice: don't be put off by not knowing much about wine, just be confident

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Manger, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Majestic is ideal if you have an interest in retail management and are keen to learn about wine.

Interview Advice: Visit a store and ask about the job role. Show how you would be good at working in a team.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Clue up on wine. Have a passion for the product or at the very least an interest and willingness to learn. Visit a couple of stores and chat to us - we'll show you around and give you an idea of what we do.

Interview Advice: Prepare for it, be enthusiastic about wine, be honest.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and hard working.

Interview Advice: Sell this wine from a choice of three.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Assistant Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Make sure you are aware of the hours you are signing up to. It's quite a manual job as it entitles a lot of wine boxes handling. If you have an interest in wine and enjoy talking to people then that's pretty much all you need to be successful and progress fairly quickly. However, without it you are not going to last long!

Interview Advice: Be yourself, you don't need to have wine knowledge but you do need an interest so show it!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, J at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Visit a few Majestic stores and speak to the staff about the role and the business.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate enthusiasm for the role and that you have taken the trouble to find out about the business and the role.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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AkzoNobel

Raw materials and packaging buyer France and Italy, Procurement raw materials and packaging at AkzoNobel

Application Advice: Be open minded and show passion.

Interview Advice: Show commitment.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Majestic Wine

Manager, Huddersfield at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: You have to be able to talk to people.

Interview Advice: Be ready to demonstrate fantastic customer service.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, Region D at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be hardworking, enthusiastic and open minded.

Interview Advice: Sell this wine from a choice of three.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Speak with current employees and ask for an honest opinion about the company. Don't just speak with the store manager but trainees and drivers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Majestic Wine

Trainee Manager, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Research how the business works, specifically the pricing structure and other similar policies. Visiting a Majestic and letting the staff know you're looking to apply is also a must.

Interview Advice: The interviewer will present you with a few bottles of wine. They will then ask you to sell it to them. Don't worry if you don't know your wine that much, the point is that you have just used the sales and customer service knowledge you know. Have a quick search online about food matching and recommend some food with the wine (e.g. matching a chablis with fish or pinot noir with game, casseroles etc). They'll also ask you about leadership skills, problem solving and the usual typical interview questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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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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John Lewis Partnership

Technology Graduate, JLIT at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Make sure you are passionate about the retail sector.

Interview Advice: Research the partnership and our values!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Commercial manager, at

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show your passion and personality.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Commercial manager, Commercial manager at

Application Advice: Great fast track to retail management but you must be passionate about retail, customer service and be willing to relocate for the program as there is vast opportunity to work anywhere within the UK.

Interview Advice: Show passion for retail. Be commercial. Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Imperial Tobacco

Retail Development Executive, Sales at Imperial Tobacco

Application Advice: In your cover letter be passionate about the role you are applying for. Practice psychometric tests, as they are strongly assessing some of your skills.

Interview Advice: Prepare for assessment centre and show genuine interest in the role/ scheme you are applying for. Know your strengths and show that you can use them.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Communication Technology at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Learn about the history of the partnership and the partner behaviours. John Lewis is very different to any other type of retailer so it's very important to know the differences.

Interview Advice: John Lewis likes candidates who can evidence how they have helped other people to progress.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Store Manager, North/central at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest.

Interview Advice: Be prepared but be relaxed, be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Graduate Manager, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, be open.

Interview Advice: Be clear and concise, don't lose your identity/personality through the course of the interview.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself - HSBC is all about the values. They want to see the real you and not some corporate robot. Personality will get you in, not a perfect CV.

Interview Advice: Again - be yourself. They will see straight through you if you try and be someone your not - trust me, they're professionals.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Arcadis

Project Manager, Property at Arcadis

Application Advice: Try to gain as much experience as possible rather than one niche sector in the business.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Merchandise Associate, at

Application Advice: Show that you have a good understanding of the company, the competition & the retail industry.

Interview Advice: Show that you have researched the role. Get your personality across to the assessors.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Service Manager, Product Services at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Demonstrate leadership, commercial awareness, passion for retailing. The customer is at the heart of everything we do.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Retail Management Graduate Scheme, Department Management at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be sure you know why you want to work in retail and make sure that the ethos of co-ownership means something to you.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and be yourself. Engage with other candidates - there are 4 of us from my assessment centre in this year's cohort, so they may well become your colleagues!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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, at

Application Advice: Obtain retail management experience.

Interview Advice: Do a good presentation backing up points with evidence.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Retail Management Graduate Programme, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Think about what it is that you can do to add value to the company. Be prepared to work reasonable, but irregular hours that may make planning a social life more difficult. Be aware of the changing landscape in retail and how that may impact on companies such as JLP. Start the application early so you're not rushing last minute.

Interview Advice: There is a video interview if you get through the initial stages, which is strange at first, however, you get the opportunity to practice before the real interview begins. Just be relaxed... after all, you're only talking about yourself, not being tested on memorising information from a text book!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Transport for London

Commercial Procurement graduate, Commercial Procurement at Transport for London

Application Advice: It is very competitive so do lots of research prior to application steps.

Interview Advice: Motivation questions & competencies questions.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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WH Smith

Commercial Planner, Commerical at WH Smith

Application Advice: Make sure that the role that you are applying for actually interests you so you will enjoy doing the roll you are in.

Interview Advice: Read up on what skills the position requires and make sure you can provide clear evidence that you have those skills. Also research the company and the company values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Retail Banking and Wealth Management Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure you take time to learn about the culture and values of the business. The assessment centre in particular goes beyond previous personal experience and is designed to identify those who would be a good "fit" in the organisation.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Commercial manager, 24,000 at

Application Advice: Be yourself. Have experience and personality and think outside the box.

Interview Advice: Show enthusiasm and think about the way you are in a group.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Merchandise Associate, Bhs Gift at

Application Advice: Show your personality Demonstrate leadership Understand the sector and bhs specifically

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be clear Link to values Show passion and interest in the industry as well as the bank

Interview Advice: For group tasks, try not to be controlling and tell people what to do. Work well with others and really analyse the information infront of you - cleverly pick out some information which is useful - propose an idea from that. Be polite at all times, and be yourself.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WH Smith

International Business Development, International at WH Smith

Application Advice: Make sure the role you apply for is something you are really interested in. Decide if a fast paced company which gives you a lot of accountability is really for you.

Interview Advice: Phone interview - not too hard, interviewer was really friendly - Ran through CV and asked questions about teamwork, project management and how you work as an individual i.e. what drives you? Online tests - Numerical and others - Very difficult although I think if they like you on the phone interview and your CV is good then they will progress you to the assessment centre. Assessment centre - Assessed by 6+ managers/directors who have the roles you will be working under - Group activities (8-12 candidates for 3 roles at a time), interviews (some with two interviewers) and a presentation. Group activities - those who dominated did not get through, just be yourself and be prepared to answer questions from the 6+ managers who observe the tasks. Interviews - make sure you know you're CV and the obvious questions of why you want the role at WHSmith. Presentation - was not a powerpoint presentation - guided the audience through the presentation slides - can be towards one person or more depending on your time slot and if people are busy. Make sure you read the brief properly - a few people read it wrong or did not do any research. Assesment centre advice - don't worry if you don't shine at everything but make sure you at least do well in 2/3 of the tasks - be confident and justify your answers in all the activities.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Asda

Promotions and Events assistant, Core Chilled and Meal Solutions at Asda

Application Advice: Sell yourself. Take the opportunity to talk about the things you've done, the transferable skills you've gained and what you're passionate about. Use examples and experiences and always state what the result of that was.

Interview Advice: Appear confident in yourself and your own abilities. You will be challenged, hold your own without getting offended or getting too defensive. Be yourself so you know whether it'll be a good fit for you if you were to get the job. Let them get to know who you are and how you work. PREPARE - there are lots of example interview questions online so prepare answers and learn them in a way that you can adapt them for similar questions.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Asda

Buying Assistant, Trading at Asda

Application Advice: Have confidence. It's a hard job but definitely worth it!

Interview Advice: Past education/experience? Why I applied? What can I bring to the role? What are my strengths? What do I hope to achieve?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Asda

Buying Assistant, Chilled Trading at Asda

Application Advice: Apply early and put a lot of time into your application.

Interview Advice: The best tip I can give you about an interview with ASDA is to be yourself - they are really looking for personality. Other than that make sure you do your homework on sales and profit figures, as well as anything else you can find out about the company.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Asda

Beer Buying Assistant, Beer at Asda

Application Advice: Take your time and tailor your application to fit in with ASDA values.

Interview Advice: Be friendly, respectful and throw yourself into the assessment centre day. ASDA care about personality so don't be afraid to be yourself.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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John Lewis Partnership

Graduate retail manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Interview Advice: Cliché but be yourself, do your research so you know about the Partnership and its guiding principles, but don't change yourself to be what you think the assessors are looking for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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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John Lewis Partnership

Waitrose leadership graduate, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Understand what your selling point is and really emphasise it during the process. Think about what behaviours you want to demonstrate during each stage and think beforehand about ways in which you can do that.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Compass Group UK & Ireland

Operational Sourcing Buyer, Commercial at Compass Group

Application Advice: Be ready to learn and accept that you will take time to get to grips with everything.

Interview Advice: Be clear what it is you want to learn over the graduate scheme. Good to be self aware of what skills you have and those which you will look to develop.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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John Lewis Partnership

Retail management graduate: Section Manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out, don't just use examples from one area of your life, look to utilise many different experiences you've had.

Interview Advice: Personality is really important in this line of work, it's not all about what you've done, don't be afraid to show who you are.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

, at Boots

Interview Advice: Practice for competency questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Boots

Retail Management Graduate, at Boots

Application Advice: Do your research about what you want from the role and how important self awareness and development is to you. Knowing your own strengths and development areas is key.

Interview Advice: Try and give answers from different areas of your life that display different skills and experiences eg; team work, ability to adapt to suit the needs of others, leadership, overcoming a challenge to achieving a great result, commercial awareness. Using the SMART model will help to structure answers but I would advise against scripting your answers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Supply chain and Logistics graduate, Graduate scheme at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Store Manager, at Boots

Application Advice: Always be open, honest and most importantly be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Boots

Global Brand Portfolio Review Manager, Global Brands at Boots

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Assistant Buying Manager, Heathcare at Boots

Application Advice: Focus on the customer at all times.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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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

Management Trainee, Marketing at L’Oreal

Application Advice: Be passionate. Do you research and know your numbers

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Jaguar Land Rover

Buyer, Purchasing – Interior Trim at Jaguar Land Rover

Interview Advice: Research the company thoroughly before your interview - but try and relax and be yourself. They want to see your personality and general skill-set (e.g. analytical thinking).

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Jaguar Land Rover

Buyer, Internationalisation at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be professional and truthful, but do not be afraid to emphasise your strong points and things you are proud of.

Interview Advice: Be calm, confident and assured. Have examples for all points you wish to make and ensure everything you say increases your potential value in the interviewers' eyes. Ensure that you are friendly and get on well with the assessors. They must assess whether they would like to work with you and coming across as over ambitious and arrogant will not endear them to you.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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RBS

Graduate, Corporate Development at RBS

Application Advice: Have lots of good examples to support your competencies. Research and read up as much as you can on the company website. The more you know about what the company is looking for when hiring, the more you will increase your chances of getting a job. Show a desire and passion for what you are applying to.

Interview Advice: If you don't know something in the interview/assessment center, don't panic. Try and think through what you need to do and give a reasonable answer. The questions I had were mainly situational based - e.g. if you had two conflicting priorities that had the same deadline, how would you tackle this issue? I think future questions will be more focused around giving examples of a time that you have demonstrated our values. E.g. give us an example of when you did the right thing.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Branch Manager, at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Application Advice: Save yourself and don't apply.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Managment Trainee, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: It's not about answering questions with answers you think they want to hear because they are a large bank. Very much about you as a person and how well suited you are to the role.

Interview Advice: Relax at the open day. The day is long with lots of parts to the interviewing processes but it's very much about you as a person rather than having the most intelligent answers so make sure this shows!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Aldi

Area Manager, at Aldi

Application Advice: Think about why they offer such a high salary to graduates before applying - you will work all hours of the day and weekends. Any retail experience will look favourable on your application, leadership is also something they look for as it is very much a leadership role.

Interview Advice: Need to have a good knowledge of the company and its history. Definitely visit a store before you go for interview and have a look at store standards etc. Think of some interesting questions to ask as they will judge you based on the questions you ask too. In the group interview you have to give two presentations on the spot so practise your presentation skills before you go. In the final 1 on 1 interview with the MD you will be grilled on everything you say - you will have to give in depth examples of when you have displayed any skill. You need to display confidence without being arrogant and you need to fight you're corner. Trust is very important to the company so you need to display integrity.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Trainee Store Manager, Health and Beauty at Boots

Application Advice: Be flexible with location and working patterns - if that's not possible, then the role is not right for you. Be honest and be yourself - Show passion for the company and the sector.

Interview Advice: Be prepared with competency based answers and experiences. Work as a team in exercises, how you get to the end is more important that the outcome of the task.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Store Manager, Manager at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Trainee Store Manager, Stores, North Yorkshire at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Stores Communications Assistant Manager, Stores Communications at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Boots

Trainee Store Manager, East Berkshire at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Store Manager, at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Buying Manager, Trading at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Admin Assistant, Jersey at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Do lots of research on the job role.

Interview Advice: Scenarios about the job role.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Sainsbury's

People Graduate, HR at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Learn about and love the company. Using Sainsbury's values, think about how you have demonstrated these in your personal and work experiences and how best you could vocalise these.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Vodafone

Operations Specialist, Channel Cost at Vodafone

Application Advice: Be open-minded, hard-working and very organised.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Graduate Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Be honest, give a detailed description of your skills, capabilities and experience.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadia Group

, at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Ensure you have a thick skin and you are confident.

Interview Advice: Build on your experience and show how aspects of your previous experience translates into the job.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Arcadia Group

MAA, Wovens/Accessories at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Visit all types of stores, i.e. if the brand you are interviewing for can be bought in other department stores, other websites...

Interview Advice: Do a customer analysis.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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, at

Application Advice: Do as much research into the brand as you can, so that you know, firstly, what we're all about, but also whether or not the company will be a good match for you.

Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy the assessment day as much as you can. Be yourself, the assessors will be wanting to see your personality as this is what will make you stand out from everyone else.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Graduate, at

Application Advice: Do as much research as you can into the brand and how it works. Be as specific as possible about your experiences and about your reasons for wanting a career in retail.

Interview Advice: Try and be relaxed and enjoy the assessment day. Remember to be yourself, your personality and attitude is the most important thing.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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MA Graduate, Gift at

Application Advice: The job role is very analytical and requires good communication skills.

Interview Advice: Prepare for the interview and research the company and role. Be yourself and let your personality come through.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Retail management graduate trainee, Stores/ graduate programme at

Application Advice: Show how passionate you are about management and retail!!! Retail Experience is a plus! Research the company, with ideas on how you could improve it in mind. They are interested in your ideas!

Interview Advice: Its a long and intense day but they are really friendly which helps to keep you calm. Be prepared for anything! There are activities that you have to get ready for on the spot as well as the things you have prepared for at home like your presentation. For your presentation, do your research! Think commercially. And practice!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Sainsbury's

Operations Development Manager, Online at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Understand the company - Sainsbury's is distinct from its competitors and you'll need to understand how in order to be successful. Be passionate. Understand retail and people, not just this company.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Commercial Manager, Northampton at

Application Advice: Be yourself and don't worry if you make a mistake, they are looking for personality, not perfection.

Interview Advice: If you are asked to prepare something beforehand, put the time in and make sure that you have nailed the brief.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadis

Assistant Project Manager, Property at Arcadis

Application Advice: Go for it. A successful company who recognises hard work and will look after you

Interview Advice: Be relaxed and confidentI

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Sainsbury's

Graduate, Group Commercial at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Research and really understand what it is we do. Why do you like the industry? Why do you like Sainsbury's (as opposed to another operator in the industry)? Why do you like the specific graduate scheme? What are the pressures facing the industry at the moment (there are lots!) What could potentially be done about them? What examples do you have to illustrate competencies?

Interview Advice: See above.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Sainsbury's

, at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Take the time to think about what sets you apart from other candidates, drawing from real life examples. Show that you have done your research into the industry and the business. Be clear on why you want to apply for Sainsbury's.

Interview Advice: Answer questions logically (the STAR technique can help), taking the time to think before starting your answer. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly and keep focused on the question you've been asked.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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, at

Application Advice: It's a fast paced environment that will teach you so much and you will gain so many skills and work with so many amazing teams.

Interview Advice: Just be confident and make sure you know your stuff about BHS!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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New Look

Assistant Merchandiser, Core Clothing at New Look

Application Advice: With merchandising they are keen in a real interest in numbers, so show off if you have any. Also experience working in retail is really key.

Interview Advice: Make sure you are friendly and chatty. Had a maths test so worth brushing up before attending! Also visit a store to ensure you know the product and brand well.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Commercial Manager, Fashion & Home at

Application Advice: It is varied, enjoyable and gives you a great platform to have a successful career in management.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Graduate Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Let your personality show, be confident and demonstrate what you are capable of.

Interview Advice: Show off your personality, that's what they really want to see.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Allow your personality to shine through and be yourself!

Interview Advice: Be prepared to give examples of team work and how you have/would both lead and motivate a team. Be commercial and make the most of the facilitators at the assessment days-it's more than likely they have been through the process already themselves.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Be yourself - a personality is key and unique to you!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Commercial Management, Commercial at

Application Advice: Know your stuff! Do your research.

Interview Advice: Be confident, and show your personality within all the stages of the application.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: Be yourself Demonstrate leadership

Interview Advice: Why you? Achievements? Leadership skills?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Commercial Manager, at

Application Advice: It sounds so obvious but be yourself. The business is looking for the leaders of the future, to drive BHS as a top 100 company. They are looking for people who are innovative, dynamic and fun, along with having the potential to develop into fantastic leaders and managers.

Interview Advice: Having never been to an assessment day before I didn't know what to expect however it was actually a fun experience, however preparation is key for any stage of your application. A brief background knowledge of the business is vital, be aware of the company's main competitors and what BHS strives to achieve.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

George manager, at Asda

Application Advice: Be yourself and try and get some retail experience although we hire for attitude and train for skill

Interview Advice: You may be asked about what you think the company do well and what you would improve so be sure to visit your local store and speak to colleagues and managers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Admin Assistant, International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Do your research, be prepared & show you are passionate for the brand.

Interview Advice: Prepare for your presentation in advance, be prepared to answer questions & demonstrate you know the market.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Asda

, at Asda

Application Advice: Be honest about yourself and whether you will fit into the company. Do your research into the world of retail - make sure you fully understand the amount that is expected of you and the realities of the job before applying.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. It's about seeing whether Asda is right for you as much as if you are right for Asda. Make sure you're aware of current issues facing all food retailers in the current climate - particularly issues of price wars and discount retailers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

Production & Replen Section Manager, London at Asda

Application Advice: The scheme has no real defined structure which can be frustrating, and can lead to a lack of focus and direction as an individual. The roles you are offered are entirely dependent on the Senior Director of your region and thus can vary greatly from region to region. If you are willing to be extremely flexible and follow a scheme without any structure or timeframes of progression, then apply, however I wouldn't if you prefer a structured scheme with clear timescales around promotion.

Interview Advice: Telephone Interview Assessment Day: Group discussion Scenarios - i.e. responding to customer complaints/ colleague issues Presentation Interview with a Senior Director

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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TJX Europe

Merchandising and Buying Placement, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Make sure you understand what off-price business models are and what this means on the buying and merchandising function. Show your interest and curiosity into the business model and the business.

Interview Advice: General interview questions- focused a bit on problem solving and times you've been in difficult situations and how you've got around it.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself- TK Maxx employ a certain type of personality, and if you do not fit this then your application will not go any further. This especially benefits you in the long run, as well as the company. And if you do fit the company then you will love the people you work with and have a great time.

Interview Advice: Your knowledge of the whole company- including Homesense, Europe, and some knowledge of the head office in America.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Arcadia Group

International MAA, International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Prepare a good SWOT analysis and know the brand role inside and out.

Interview Advice: Be cool, be relaxed and research day to day tasks. Think of how your experience can relate to your job.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Administration Assistant, Dorothy Perkins – Accessories at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Make sure your CV is up to date and tailored towards this industry.

Interview Advice: There's no such thing as too much research, make sure you really know your stuff on the brands and the market! And don't panic, just relax and enjoy the interview!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Admin Assistant, at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Demonstrate your ability to be analytical - through uni degree etc

Interview Advice: Know about the brand you're applying for and read the job description carefully

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Asda

Systems Analyst, eCommerce at Asda

Application Advice: You need to be flexible in the way you work. So much of your day and week is created by yourself and you need to be able to do that, drive yourself and others and manage upwards in order to be successful.

Interview Advice: Be yourself! Asda truly believes in the Asda personality and this comes from people being who they really are. Don't be afraid to let your own style shine through. Always be early for an interview as a lot of the time meetings change so someone may see you earlier or later but by already being there it will be noticed. Be prepared to talk about you as a person as well as in a professional setting.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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

PA to Director, Trading at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Familiarise yourself with the company values. Research Sainsbury's. Ensure you are aligned with the values and culture.

Interview Advice: Think of practical applications of the values - from your own experiences. Be personable and warm.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Arcadia Group

Buyers Admin Assistant, Footwear/Accessories at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Its all about the right experience

Interview Advice: Be yourself - There will be alot of people who can do the job, it comes down to what you are like as a person and whether they feel you will fit in to the team

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandising Admin Assistant, Knitwear at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Dress for your brand. The 'm' in merchandising is for 'Money.' Don't be afraid to highlight things your brand doesn't do so well on but suggest how we can approve.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, show your personality in a professional way. know your numbers. if your numbers are wrong in your interview that you've spent ages prepping they're going to be wrong in the fast paced environment we're in. Highlight your transferable skills. I have an English degree which is highly analytical. These two go hand in hand. Don't focus on creative aspects of the business. do mention them but link to merchandising and your potential job role.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Buyers Admin Assistant, Lingerie/Sleep/Swim at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: You will need to be very driven and motivated. you will need to be very organised and be happy to organise the department. you must be fantastic at admin and keeping track of samples etc. Critical Path previous experience Very good at communication Willing to learn new systems

Interview Advice: Be very keen. talk about past experience and about the brand talk about how we could improve as a brand

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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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

, HR at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Really research the role you are applying for and make sure you understand our vision and values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Arcadia Group

International MAA, International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Be passionate about your job

Interview Advice: know your brand

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Admin Assistant, Merchandising at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Be passionate for the Brand

Interview Advice: Show your personality

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Sainsbury's

Service Design Executive, Marketing at Sainsbury’s

Application Advice: Make sure you have a good understanding of retail and the commercial environment. Do your research on the business and wider context. Practise numerical tests.

Interview Advice: Use STAR format to answer competency based questions. Don't talk to fast. Smile and be friendly. Be natural - don't try and be something you aren't.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Hilti GB Ltd

HCR, North London at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Be honest and confident, not arrogant. We're a company who's core values are something which can be found in every employee. The ability to work in a team is essential to the organisation, if you've got examples of teamwork then tell us!

Interview Advice: Again, be honest. The interviewers are very good at figuring out who is genuine and who isn't. Be confident in your ability and take your time. Assessment Centres (if you are invited to one) are a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work in a team, as well as your capabilities to extract information and deliver a sales pitch on a tool which you know nothing about!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Buying & Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Display passion, open-mindedness and be willing to be flexible in your decision making.

Interview Advice: Research!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Development Manager, Supply Chain at Boots

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

Interview Advice: Do your prep and you'll be fine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Science in Sport

Ecommerce at Science in Sport

Application Advice: If your interested in sport and the role you're applying to, then you stand a good chance. It's a company where fast learners and those who are proactive will do well.

Interview Advice: Make sure you understand all the key requirements for the role you're applying to, be honest and don't try and blag anything. Your interviewer will know exactly when you are. The team at SiS are all very friendly, be yourself and share your interest for sport.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising and Buying at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Make sure you read about the company and its values before applying so that you can understand its structure better and be more prepared for any questions you might be asked.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Know the business structure before applying. (Do your research- the Company is very different to other retailers because of our off price structure) Visit plenty of TK Maxx or Homesense stores- Find what you like and dislike about our stores.

Interview Advice: Again- know the business. Do your research. Be open to understanding a new structure

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Do your research, know about the company and what it stands for. There is a very specific culture here that we're all very proud of and it's not for everybody, so be sure that this is for you.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. TJX really values individuality.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Understand the culture and off-price business, what seperates TK Maxx from the rest of the high street? Ask lots of questions and be curious.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising Graduate scheme at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself, ask lots of questions and be positive.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide's values are the core of its culture. Research Nationwide's values and show how you demonstrate these every day.

Interview Advice: Achievements are important, but be yourself - let your personality shine through at the assessment centre and show that you are someone people want to work with.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Asda

Film and Brand Coordinat, Retail Service and Communication at Asda

Application Advice: Know the company inside out, how it's operating, it's strategies etc. Look at every external facing website.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Mens at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: I would advise reading about the company on the dedicated Graduate Website as there is alot of information on there to help you really understand what the job is about. Also talk to people in stores as everyone I have dealt with has been passionate and willing to share advise and stories about their time within the company.

Interview Advice: When I was applying for the job I went out into the market and researched the competition and visited as many TK maxx and Homesense stores as I could to get a real feel for what we stood for and where we sat in the retail market and then shared that information throughout the interview process.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Finacial Analyst, Finance at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Understand the off-price model and the impact it has on the finance department.

Interview Advice: Questions on the off-price model and the retail market. Competency based interview.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Being open minded, flexible, passionate, thinking outside the box

Interview Advice: All of the above, being inquisitive and likeable.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

E-Commerce Finance Analyst, E-Commerce at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Understand the business model!

Interview Advice: Ask Questions!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself

Interview Advice: Do your research about the off-price business model

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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Commercial Manager, In store at

Application Advice: Apply and get in their quick! I am on the most recent year of grads which had the most applicants since the grad scheme started, there are only a few spaces available and showing your eager and enthusiastic about the scheme is a great way to get noticed!

Interview Advice: Be yourself would be my best advice and in this I mean let your personality come across, a large amount of the application process is set up to allow you to get your personality across so be as open and honest as possible. BHS are constantly looking for new ideas for enthusiastic and focussed people to run with these.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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New Look

Buyers Admin Assistant, Menswear at New Look

Application Advice: Make sure you know the job role that you are getting into.

Interview Advice: My strengths and weaknesses SWOT on New Look Competition knowledge

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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New Look

Merchandise Admin Assistant, eCommerce at New Look

Application Advice: Show lots of enthusiasm - this is key!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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New Look

maa, ecommerce at New Look

Application Advice: Be honest and tailor your application to the job role.

Interview Advice: Preparation is key, know your stuff. I had to do a presentation in regards to merchandising (ecommerce).

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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New Look

Data Mining, Profit Protection at New Look

Application Advice: Everything you do is interesting - better to be a well rounded applicant with a variety of skills than a one trick pony.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and really listen to the terminology used. The better you listen, the better you'll answer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Asda

Compliance Coordinator, Compliance at Asda

Application Advice: Make sure your CV is clear and focus on the skills you have that are relevant to the job.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, answer questions honestly and let your personality show through.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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New Look

BAA, at New Look

Application Advice: Ensure you have experience and an understanding of the role, people generally apply for these roles because it has graduate in the title but it is a fashion career and requires a background in this area.

Interview Advice: Every team at the company is slightly different and will therefore have a different idea of what they are looking for, try to remember it's about personality fit so if you are rejected then it probably wouldn't have been the right role/team for you anyway.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Graduate, Scotland & the North at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Thoroughly research the company and be authentic, the company doesn't want you to try and be something or someone you're not.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Graduate Scheme, Operations at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: I would encourage applicants to show their ambition and also have a wide knowledge of the company. It is also very important that you are self aware, and are able to be vulnerable. Make sure this comes across at each stage of the application process - that you know what your weaknesses are, as well as your strengths.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Graduate, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Find out as much as you can about the company, and come up with your own step to change ideas.

Interview Advice: What would be your big idea to take the company to the next level?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Asda

Retail Graduate Manager, at Asda

Application Advice: Your degree will come in no use whatsoever.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Nationwide

Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Be yourself, be honest, believe in the PRIDE values as they make Nationwide tick

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Asda

Analyst, Supply PMO, ALS & Supply Chain at Asda

Application Advice: Know the sector. We are competitive in retail and we want to know why you want to make Asda greater. Understand that our approach is that we are not the 2nd biggest retailer in the UK, we are part of the biggest retailer in the world. Know the culture. Our focus is on the customer and delivering results for them, everything we do should add value to the customer, always relate back to that concept.

Interview Advice: Be relaxed. Come prepared Know the job you are applying for Use real tangible examples for questions like 'Tell us about a time you ....'

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, South and East at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Think about how you can demonstrate the key competencies the company looks for

Interview Advice: Research the company values Be prepared to analyse data and facts

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Merchandising Graduate, Lighting at

Application Advice: Be honest, show a good aptitude for numbers, and above all make sure you show common sense.

Interview Advice: The assessment day is intense but if one part goes wrong, it give you a chance to redeem yourself - don't dwell on any mistakes and concentrate on the next stage.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Mars

National Account Executive, PETCARE at Mars

Application Advice: Answer the application process questions using the STAR + learning matrix

Interview Advice: Phone interview - be yourself and show that you are willing to learn! Assessment day - open and honest and willing to learn and develop yourself! read the content on the website and learn a bit about Mars. The 5 principles are key to Mars - have you demonstrated a time when you have used any of them?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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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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BP

Sourcing Specialist, Indirect Procurement at BP

Application Advice: Be honest.

Interview Advice: Focus as much on interpersonal skills as much as technical Don't say what you think the recruiter is looking to hear.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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BP

Procurement Specialist, Indirect Procurement – Sourcing at BP

Application Advice: Ensure you have something in your CV that makes you different. A lot of people will be coming out of university with a degree - what makes you different to them? Do you have any relevant work expereicne or life experience? When submitting your online application, try and gear your answers towards the 5 values of BP - safety, courage, excellence, respect and one team. Try not to be generic "I played rugby and was part of a team"... try to be different and show how you used a combination of the values to succeed. eg. When working in a project team, you showed courage to question a group decision which lead to a change in approach and ultimately to winning a prize (excellence)

Interview Advice: Do not feel you need to have in depth knowledge of specific BP examples or of the oil/gas industry. The interviewers want to see how you apply yourself and how you solve problems. In the technical interview you will be given 2 scenarios to work through and discuss. If successful, you will progress to an assessment centre. You cannot prepare for the assessment centre, other than thinking through the problems presented logically. All of the stages are designed to test how you apply yourself - not to catch you out.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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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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Asda

Contact Lens Buyer, Optical at Asda

Application Advice: Research Asda, its history, what is has achieved, what is stands for Look at its opportunities and strengths What you can bring to the company Think about why you specifically want to work for Asda Think about the role you're applying for and why you are right for that role - essentially don't be vague.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be ambitious but never put people down. Whilst you are all going for the same graduate scheme, you might end up working with these people so don't ruin relationships before you have even started.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Buyer – Kids Yoghurts and Chilled Desserts, Dairy Buying Team at Asda

Application Advice: Expect the unexpected Tell your bosses what you're doing/how you're doing - DO NOT be arrogant Listen and learn in all situations Be brave - take risks Make friends - not enemies (emotional intelligence), this goes for colleagues and suppliers

Interview Advice: In assessment centres you need to be heard, you need to be confident, but you need to balance this without sounding rude or arrogant, and not interrupting people - this is incredibly difficult in the tense situation of the day One of my best pieces of feedback was that I'd shown humility: I added something up incorrectly in a group session, when I realised my mistake 2 minutes later, I admitted it so the whole group knew the facts. At the time I thought that was going to be a bad point on adding something up incorrectly in the first place

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Cooked Meats Buying Assistant, Core Chilled at Asda

Application Advice: Asda hire for personality and train for skill so worry less about competencies and more about how you are showing your personality and fit to the company

Interview Advice: Make sure you are noticed in the group assessment but don't be overpowering.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Prepare thoroughly, research each application stage and be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: know HSBC principles and strategy

Interview Advice: open, dependable, connected

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Procter & Gamble

Commerical Manager, Business Development at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Structure responses according to the context of the situation, the action you took, and the result that occurred. Most people forget to include the result.

Interview Advice: The interview style is largely based around "give an example of when..." so have answers prepared and try to draw on a variety of experiences - not just the same one time and time again.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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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New Look

BUYING ADMIN ASSISTANT, Fashion Accessories at New Look

Application Advice: Have lots of work experience, research company figures/history and be product focused.

Interview Advice: Be really passionate about NL, ask questions, make sure you talk about product and show your knowledge about the company.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Cardiff at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: go for it, be yourself. Real people get jobs, don't be someone your not.

Interview Advice: don't be someone your not

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Merchandising Graduate, Menswear at

Application Advice: Research the company and the brands customer. Research the companies long term plans/strategy.

Interview Advice: The customer profile.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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HSBC Bank Plc

Planning and Strategy Manager, Global Business Performance at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Show your personality. Show variety of experience. Show you are different.

Interview Advice: Be real and honest. Don't lie. Bring charisma and enthusiasm.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Management Trainee Graduate Programme, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Keep your application focused and relevant towards the banks values and objectives. Don't waffle too much about individual personal achievements, try and show your real personality through your answers. Be yourself, don't pretend to be someone you're not, it will trip you up in the long run.

Interview Advice: If there is a group consensus, go with it, don't be the person who is championing their opinion and no-one is listening or agreeing. Be a team player and show your true personality, don't let nerves get the better of you!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operations Management Trainee, Operations at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: The main piece of advice I would give a candidate is to research the company and try to demonstrate how you align to culture and values of HSBC.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be open and be honest. HSBC are looking for future leaders who can demonstrate they fit the values of the company.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Branch Network at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: I would say don't just worry about commercial examples. For my role they are looking for people with personalities and the ability to drive their own development.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Midlands at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: - Make sure you apply for the internships whilst you are at university to gain a great insight into the banking world, to make sure it is the right choice for you. - Make the most of your time with the bank whilst on the graduate scheme as it allows you

Interview Advice: Always consider the customer in every response as they are the centre of our world.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Graduate, Scotland & the North at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Our company appreciates authenticity. Do not try to be something you are not as they will find out when you get to interview. Be comfortable with admitting what opportunities you have for growth. KFC appreciates the ability to self-assess and know what your own weaknesses are.

Interview Advice: Again, be yourself. Feel comfortable discussing both things you know you are good at and things you feel you could improve on. The nature of the business will develop your weaknesses, it is more important that you are a good culture fit. They are looking for people who are big idea thinkers, good at working in teams and developing the people around them and people who drive results.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Retail Branch Manager, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Research into HSBC but not just simply at a superficial level, learn abouts its values, and the particular area you are looking to apply. Speak to people who are currently employed by the bank area you are looking to apply to, networking using tools such as LinkedIn is key.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Merchandising Graduate, Merchandising at

Application Advice: Find out as much as you can about BHS as you can, the products, the history of the brand, etc.

Interview Advice: Be aware of the current retail landscape, be up to date with current developments in trade press. Keep your answers clear and concise.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Retail Management Graduate, Grad at

Application Advice: Show personality, give them a bit of who you are - so that they remember you out of the hundreds applying!

Interview Advice: Know your stuff, whether that's the business and it's past present and future. Or your CV and ability. Speak confidently about it!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Graduate Retail Manager, Superstores at Asda

Application Advice: Take your time with the application do not rush, be honest and be yourself on all personality related question. If you aren't a cultural fit for the business it's best for you to know now rather than once you've already started the job. You undertake a personality test, maths and English test before going to a final interview where you do many group activities and role plays before doing an individual presentation, role play and interview.

Interview Advice: Definitely be yourself! I was asked questions about Why I wanted to take the job What I thought I could bring to the role Where do I see I can add value to the business All pretty standard questions. Be prepared to answer with specifics. Don't be vague.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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, at

Application Advice: Be confident and think outside the box

Interview Advice: How have you inspired people? Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself and honest.

Interview Advice: Be a leader. This program wants leaders of the future and you need to show that you have what it takes to lead.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Mangement Trainee, Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be confident and be yourself

Interview Advice: Same as above

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Analytics Manager (RBWM Management Trainee), UK Customer analytics at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Don't be put off by media coverage, the company is undergoing a significant amount of change; even in the graduate opportunities space, and the opportunities are a lot more advantageous than when I first joined.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

RBWM Management trainee, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Give a strong application, be yourself.

Interview Advice: Many situational-based questions e.g. "think of a time when you had to..."

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, RBWM at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: If you want a role that challenges you day to day and gives you a wide access to stakeholders at all levels in the business certainly consider HSBC. HSBC looks at the values and employs it staff based on these. You know if you are successful you will be in a work place of like-minded people.

Interview Advice: Leadership for this role is key. So examples where you have demonstrated leadership is really important.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Channel Optimisation at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be true to yourself, if your values fit the organisation then you will be selected. If not, it is not right for you.

Interview Advice: Always look to built rapport.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate, at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Make sure that you obsess about the customer Understand the business sector - competitors and how the landscape is changing

Interview Advice: Remember the values

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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John Lewis Partnership

Assistant Buyer, Electricals at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Show you're passionate about John Lewis and understand the products, customer and proposition. Demonstrate understanding about what makes John Lewis unique as a retailer. Have an opinion and suggestions about how the proposition could be further improved.

Interview Advice: - Show you're passionate about product and have an understanding of range planning - Demonstrate your project management and time management skills as it's a fast paced role and constantly busy - Ensure your leadership skills come through - as a democra

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Trainee, Marketing at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Portray key competencies around being 'open', 'dependable' and 'connected'.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Asda

GM Modular Planner, Modular Planning at Asda

Application Advice: Practice tests online Be yourself Prepare Research the company and what the job role you are applying for involves

Interview Advice: Competency based questions e.g examples of team work, how you behave in certain scenarios

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Channel Optimisation, Business Performance at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be open and honest in your interview. Be as bubbly and friendly as possible. HSBC look for personalities that fit the organisation, they train and teach the rest. Don't worry about what degree you completed, HSBC accept degrees of all disciplines.

Interview Advice: "Why HSBC?" "Why this programme?" - Competency and situational questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Retail Branch at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: It can be challenging at times and hard work however the career progression opportunities are endless! You will never be bored and be prepared to challenge yourself

Interview Advice: Be yourself and let your personality show through. It will help you to stand out of the crowd

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, Marketing at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be yourself. Align yourself to HSBC core values.

Interview Advice: Questions are always around demonstrating HSBC values

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Manchester at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: #NAME?

Interview Advice: I had to apply online and do numerical and verbal reasoning, situational judgement, telephone interview and as an assessment centre which consisted of a mixture of individual and group exercises.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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KFC UK & Ireland

Restaurant General Manager trainee, Restaurant at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be prepared for steep learning curve. Ensure you are fully comfortable with working within a fast food restaurant and all that comes with it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, ask questions at every opportunity.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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KFC UK & Ireland

Operations Leadership Scheme, at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be yourself, don't pretend to be something you aren't and do your research into the company. Don't be afraid to talk about your strengths and at the same time your weaknesses. The application process isn't robotic, you have contact with a real person from day one and you will constantly receive feedback.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest and you will be fine.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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John Lewis Partnership

Buying Assistant, Buying at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: JLP want candidates to show a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Partnership and its values

Interview Advice: As above, prepare to talk about Partnership values and how they align with your own values and principles. Make sure you prepare for competency-based questions so think of plenty of real-life examples of where you've shown the qualities they are looking for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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

Programme Manager, Store Development at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Give honest answers which reflect your morals and work ethic - you want to work in a company that reflects these.

Interview Advice: Do your research

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Telefonica

, at Telefonica

Application Advice: Relax, be confident, don't leave the assessors in any doubt about why they should hire you. It's a great, fast paced company, show you understand that, along with the history, and you'll impress them.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Jaguar Land Rover

Buyer, at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Focus on the business behaviours. Be prepared for hard work, it's sink or swim

Interview Advice: Really understand what purchasing is, not just a brief definition.

Industry: Buying and Selling, Retail (Buying)

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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

Retail Graduate, Head Office at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be confident that you are making the right decision in applying for a job with the Partnership. It operates very differently to other retailers and it is important that you understand the importance of the democratic way in which it operates. Be prepared to be mobile if you are dedicated to progressing your career in the Partnership.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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

Department Manager, Commercial Support, Commercial Support at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Attitude and personality is key to success in the Partnership. Need to be open-minded, collaborative, and open to change as the business has changed a lot since I joined 3 years ago!

Interview Advice: Know the basics about the company. Be prepared to give a presentation with short notice, regarding a retail issue relevant to the company. Ensure your personality comes across, the Partnership is all abou the Partners that make it up and work-together to get things done. It's important that you are able to relate and engage your colleagues.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, General Leadership at Nationwide

Application Advice: Learn the acronym PRIDE (Putting members first, Rewarding Membership, Inspiring Trust, Excellent Customer Service) and try to think of examples of you exhibiting those characteristics for the interview (if you get there). I think it crops up on the application form as well. Try to gain a small understanding of what a mutual rather than a PLC or Ltd is. A mutual is a company that is owned by it's members (Customers) rather than private shareholders. Nationwide is a mutual. Try to big up and include in you application form/CV evidence of working in a team and if possible leading a team.

Interview Advice: When I had the interview in September last year, it consisted of: A group exercise : We were given a business proposition that had 6 potential solutions and each group member had to argue for the one they were given. Basically you just have to listen to what others say and try to make relevant points. Don't fall into the trap of endlessly just arguing your point. A one on one speaking exercise: After being given a business brief (mine was about fexible working from home) with two potential solutions we were given about half an hour to read the brief and to come up with which solution we'd choose. A one on one interview: It covered the standard interview things. A critical thinking test: standard

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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John Lewis Partnership

Project Manager, Operational Development at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Research and understand the company, demonstrate commercial awareness and be open and adaptable to change.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Department Manager, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Focus on evidencing soft skills, such as interpersonal abilities.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Graduate, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be prepared to drive your own development and move nationally.

Interview Advice: Questions on how I lead, management style.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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John Lewis Partnership

Project Manager, Operational Development at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Think about what makes working for the Partnership different - why is it that you want to work in this environment?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Buyer, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be prepared to move around and work in a number of different areas of the business. What makes you different to everyone else applying for the role? Research the history of the Partnership!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Merchandising Assistant (Graduate), Interior Decor at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Know what makes John Lewis different (e.g. partnership model) and be calm and confident!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be prepared to work exceptionally hard, long hours in a stressful environment

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Merchandising Assistant, Menswear Fashion at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Understand the role & how you would be good at it Understand the John Lewis business model

Interview Advice: Understand the opportunities for an omnichannel retailer Create an engaging presentation Work well in a team

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Merchandising Assistant, Audio at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Know the Job and the key skills needed for the role and what the wider business is looking for in an applicant. Try to find examples for as many of these skills as possible. Dont forget the soft skills. JLP are always looking for people who come across as a well rounded and 'nice' person. Not always the most hard nosed business person. Be passionate about retail and JLP. Make sure you communicate clearly and concisely.

Interview Advice: Know the Job and the key skills needed for the role and what the wider business is looking for in an applicant. Try to find examples for as many of these skills as possible. Dont forget the soft skills. JLP are always looking for people who come across as a well rounded and 'nice' person. Not always the most hard nosed business person. Be passionate about retail and JLP. Make sure you communicate clearly and concisely.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Department Manager Retail, Waitrose – London at John Lewis Partnership

Interview Advice: Think about the company ethos and values before answering any questions

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Leadership Graduate Scheme, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself and don't be afraid to use the same examples for more than one question/task as you may be fresh out of Univeristy and it is quality not quantity.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have detailed research on the company. You must be innovative and creative yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Specialist Account Mgr, Firestop at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: Try to find what employment/graduate fairs' Hilti GB are taking part in. Speak to the staff there and if you manage to impress them, you should be invited to an assessment centre. I was recruited in this manner, so I know it works!

Interview Advice: Be honest and give plenty of examples of how you live the Hilti values in your daily life. Hilti are looking for people with the right attitude, so make sure you show them what they want to see. Do a lot of research before the interview and look into the company's website (local & global). There are plenty of clues as to what the company stands for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Accenture

Deployment Lead, Business Change at Accenture

Application Advice: Have a genuine passion for technology

Interview Advice: Know a couple of Accenture case studies well and be able to apply them

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide wants each of its employees to demonstrate its core values, and this is something they're looking for in potential new starters. Research Nationwide's values and really think about whether these match up to your own personal values - if they do you'll probably be a good fit for the business. Make sure in your application you really consider times when you have demonstrated these values/behaviours.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - successful applicants really allowed their personality to shine through. Whilst your achievements are important, the interviewers want to establish whether you're someone they would like to work alongside.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WH Smith

WH Smith

Application Advice: Be prepared to be thrown straight in to something you may never have done before, this is great for development, but may come as a shock to some.

Interview Advice: Be honest and open, prepare well and voice your opinon when involved in the group discussions, whilst trying to involve as many other candidates as possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WH Smith

Assistany Buyer, Buying at WH Smith

Application Advice: Be prepared for a very demanding job role which is often very flexible. Be open minded and also prepared to interact with people to develop working relationships.

Interview Advice: Be confident but very honest about who you are and what your strengths are and what you want out of the job, as well as what you can bring to the company.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WM Morrisons

Technical Graduate, Technical at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Understand about the job role and what technical means in retail environment. Especially what technical could mean in different areas of the business rather than just a technologist role. Be yourself and be honest.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for competency based questions and being able to relate these to the Morrisons values. Make sure that you are honest with yourself and know your strengths and weaknesses.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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John Lewis Partnership

, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Team work is very important and signs of ability to develop

Interview Advice: Tell me about yourself is the classic opener, followed by why do you want to work for John Lewis/ Waitrose.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Hilti Centre Representative, GB all HC North West and Central at Hilti GB Ltd

Interview Advice: If I was to give advice for the interview, I would say to just be yourself. Be comfortable and confident in your own abilities, and let your personality shine through.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Operations Graduate, Operations at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Great role to apply for. Very hands on. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.. particularly within operations. Great exposure to the front-line of the business. Very useful to have experience in the hospitality/retail industry.

Interview Advice: Understand the retail industry.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Boots

Supply Chain and Logistics Graduate Scheme, Supply Chain at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WM Morrisons

Graduate Trainee, Senior Store Management at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Take your time and don't panic with the online tests, be yourself and research what Morrisons is all about before your online interview and assessment center.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and show your passion for the company and its values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

Innovation Consultant (General Graduate Leadership Programme), Corporate Communication at Nationwide

Application Advice: Relate your previous experiences (at university, in work or elsewhere) to Nationwide's PRIDE values.

Interview Advice: Be persuasive but not forceful in group discussions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Nationwide

Strategist, Savings at Nationwide

Application Advice: Demonstrate skills/experience that are applicable to the role

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Also passionate about the graduate programme you have applied for.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

Graduate Online Trader, Morrisons Food.com at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be yourself - it sounds simple enough, but companies are looking to match you up to their company ethos and values as much as they are your skills and experience. You'll enjoy it much more if you're just being yourself.

Interview Advice: Be confident, smile and crucially, talk about what you can bring to the company, rather than how the role will be good for you!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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WM Morrisons

Retail Graduate, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: The process was very fast for me. It's an initial application online, a set of online tests - one was maths based, one was prioritising emails, then a video interview which was really bizarre, as there is no-one on the other end - the questions flash up, you get about 10seconds to read, undertand and think of an answer, then a certain amount of time to answer them via webcam. Then it is the assessment day. As far as advice goes for applying - make sure you want it. It is long days, a lot to learn. and there is a large training folder to work through and complete to timescales - you need to take control of your own learning, as you are literally left to it. You must also be prepared to travel - the likelihood of you being placed in your local store 10 minutes down the road is slim.

Interview Advice: This was a group assessment day consisting of an ice breaker, group decision making activity, presentation/action plan on a given topic, prioritising activity and an individual interview. The whole thing lasted roughly 9am-3pm. Key things to remember: speak up, but don't speak over people. They are looking for leadership skills, confidence, and personality, along with the ability to reason and influence. In your interview, you'll be asked standard "why do you want the job", "are you willing to work long flexible hours" type questions, along with giving examples of how you have demonstrated leadership, problem solving and challenging events. The day itself is actually not as stressful as it sounds, it is a great chance to meet other grads - you do feel like you are competing for a job against them, but probably over half of the people that attended my assessment day got on to the scheme.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

Group Product and Marketing Graduate, Product and Marketing at Nationwide

Application Advice: Make sure this is what you want to do. If it is it will show through in your application (and interview). Take the time to understand the culture at Nationwide and how it may differ from other financial institutions.

Interview Advice: Research Nationwide as a company and how it is different from its high street competitors. Also practice the STAR method to answering questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

Trainee Assistant Deputy Manager, Retail at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Consider career path- where do they want to be in 10-15 years

Interview Advice: Be confident and understand the company and the industry

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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

Trading graduate, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Do your research - on the role and the company

Interview Advice: Know the Morrisons' values, know why you want to be what you are applying for

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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WM Morrisons

Own Brand Sourcing Analyst, Own Brand Sourcing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Sometimes it can take a while to get feedback, however for the most part it went smoothly. The video interview is the strangest thing I've ever done. Don't look at yourself look at the camera.

Interview Advice: Just be honest, there is no point being anyone but yourself. The assessment centre is a good day but very draining. After speaking to others it isn't the same process as other companies but I think it works well for what the company are looking for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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WM Morrisons

Retail Management Graduate, Retail Management at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Complete the tests as quickly as possible, do not leave them until the last moment as you will not be in the best position to achieve the highest results. Do not over think the questions and write up answers to provisional questions you believe they may ask you as this will naturally put you into the habit of being questioned and thinking around the subjects associated with the job.

Interview Advice: I would advise that the candidate should asses the skills set that they have and think of specific examples of times when these skills have been highlighted in work related environments. Ensure that you do plenty of research on the company so that you are certain that the company is the right fit for you and then when it comes to any interviews, you know that you are answering truthfully.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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WM Morrisons

Graduate Trainee, Manufacturing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: The recruitment is strengths based so know your strengths and be able to back them up with evidence.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Fuller's

Graduate Operations Trainee, Operations at Fuller’s

Application Advice: Research Fuller's. Visit a range of their pubs so you can get a feel for what we do. Make sure your CV has diverse things on it, not just academic stuff and all the usual good spelling, grammar etc. that goes without saying.

Interview Advice: Make sure you get your personality across as this is probably the first thing they consider after your qualifications, they want to know that you'll fit in well at Fuller's. If you have to do a presentation make sure you stick to the allotted time. Be personable and really get involved in the group activities. Don't be shy and try to talk to the people assessing you outside of the interview during the assessment day.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Nationwide

Operations Manager, Enterprise Development at Nationwide

Application Advice: Do your research on the company and their values/behaviours. Make sure they align to your own. Sell yourself - they want to hire you!

Interview Advice: Likewise think of how your own values align with Nationwides. Also have clear examples for competency based questions. Most importantly be yourself!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

, at Nationwide

Application Advice: You can only apply for one role, so research this thoroughly and ensure that this is the one for you. The assessment process is quite in-depth so I would avoid exaggerating on my CV/application as it's likely to get found out. Consider your main strengths, skills and achievements and have tangible examples of when you have demonstrated these. Incorporate the STAR method into your answers too.

Interview Advice: Research the organisation and the industry. Read the annual results and accounts so you understand how Nationwide is different and also to ensure that your personality will fit with the organisation. If you're the type of person who likes to operate in a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog environment then Nationwide probably isn't the place for you. Nationwide has a set of values that it calls PRIDE, they resonate strongly with all employees (including the ones who will be interviewing you) so a sound understanding of these will also help.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

Retail Graduate, Bradford at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: The paperwork will look really good but you must be aware that when they mean hands on it is hands on. Dont be suprised if you find yourself working 10-15 hours extra a week, dont be suprised if your put in the freezer for the whole day, and dont take it to heart when you are spoken down to by other senior members of staff. Do not be afraid to put your foot down.

Interview Advice: General questions you would expect i.e example of a challenging situation, example of a time you solved a problem.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Nationwide

Risk Analyst, Group Risk at Nationwide

Application Advice: Truly understand the meaning of PRIDE and ensure your principles in some way align with PRIDE.

Interview Advice: Be yourself in an interview, the worst thing is to try be something you're not this will be picked up.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

Graduate Duty Manager, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Have a strong level of personal resiliance.

Interview Advice: Had real life examples read of past experience in which you've displayed good conduct.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

Insight Analyst, Customer Experience at Nationwide

Application Advice: Use the STAR approach in job applications

Interview Advice: Questions were asked about myself (competencies) and about the job area, not about Nationwide as a whole

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be ready for hard work. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, break a nail or work long hours this isn't the right role for you! However if you are willing to prove your worth, it's an incredibly rewarding and challenging place to work that will not only build you as a person but will give you professional confidence

Interview Advice: What would you do in this situation xyz - Remember the customer is always right, (Even if they're not). You don't always have to give them free things and let them walk all over you, but being compassionate and taking the time to listen is always a good place to start. You'll be working with people everyday, all day. So make sure you can adapt to different people and their working styles. If you have to give a presentation or do group work make sure you ask what your group thinks. Put forward your ideas, but take a step back to recieve the feedback.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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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WH Smith

Graduate Trainee Buyer, Stationery at WH Smith

Application Advice: Research the company.

Interview Advice: Understand what it is you will bring to the role

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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WH Smith

Project Management, Space & Format at WH Smith

Application Advice: If you are highly organised, love variety in a job, and like working with like-minded, hard working people, I would definitely consider applying for the graduate scheme at WHSmith.

Interview Advice: Make sure you familiarise yourself with the company, especially the four core values, as in my experience, these always come up at interview. Think particularly about how you have demonstrated these values on a day-to-day basis.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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WH Smith

Graduate, Business Systems at WH Smith

Application Advice: Research the company and it's retail offering, do not generalise with other retailers or certain competitors. Understand the contraints of the business, from a customer's perspective and think how you can manage or challenge them if you were to work for th organisaton.

Interview Advice: Positive and negative things about the business, what you would change or address. Compentency based, example questions

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WH Smith

Assistant Buyer, Stationery at WH Smith

Interview Advice: Visit as many WH Smith stores as possible, including speaking to store managers to get a feel for the retail side of the business. Visit competitor retailers, to understand where the opportunities for growth lie.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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Boots

operations graduate, loss reduction at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Boots

Assistant Trading Manager, No7 at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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Boots

Assistant Customer Experience Delivery Manager, Marketing at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Tesco

Asst.Merchandiser, Merchandising at Tesco

Application Advice: Be prepared to work very hard

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Marks and Spencer

Graduate Trainee, West Midlands at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: make sure retail is what you are passionate about

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Mitchells and Butlers

Operations Graduate, Operations at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: It is important to be realistic about the job in hand. Ask about the daily life of an operations graduate and a RBM (Retail Business Manager). Gain as much hands on experience in any job role whilst at university, whether that be with a student union or volunteering.

Interview Advice: Interview questions can be generic, so prepare for some beforehand. However, it is important you don't just regurgitate your answers and act like a robot. Be yourself, don’t be scared to ask questions and be aware of the other candidates, we don't operate in a dog eat dog environment!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Hilti GB Ltd

Hilti Centre Representative, South at Hilti GB Ltd

Application Advice: KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE WHILE DOING YOUR BEST IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE.

Interview Advice: PREPARE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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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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Kingfisher Plc

International Commercial Graduate Scheme, Commercial at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Research retail and the home improvement market thoroughly. Ensure that you are passionate about retail and have a clear understanding of the commercial function and the buying/merchandising roles.

Interview Advice: Ensure you show passion for retail, the company and product as well as the customer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Kingfisher Plc

, at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Kingfisher is a company who employ people who like people - need to show you can get on with people. Need to be commercially aware and show examples of this.

Interview Advice: need to know exactly why you want to work for kingfisher ready to get stuck in and be a real team player Need to be aware of retail trends - e.g. online advancement and increased presence of eco products etc

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Kingfisher Plc

Graduate Buyer/Category Manager, Garden Sector at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Passion for retail is hugely important to this firm who is striving for growth. When you are applying make sure you think deeply about the reason you want to work in an FMCG market and how the international aspect of the role interests you.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Project Manager, Retail Operations at Asda

Application Advice: Let your personality shine through in your application, Asda hire for attitude, train for skill.

Interview Advice: Relate all questions to relevant examples from uni, work experience, etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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Asda

GM Manager, Asda Living at Asda

Application Advice: Be honest and let your personality come through. Asda is very much about the attitude and values that you live by.

Interview Advice: Know a bit about the company, where you want to go in your career and have questions ready to ask the interviewer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

Graduate Retail Manager, Doncaster at Asda

Application Advice: Need to be passionate about retail, possess people skills and love a fast paced working environment.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and say what your drive is for a career in retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Telefonica

Transformation Project Lead, Projects at Telefonica

Application Advice: Be inquisitive and have strong commercial/competitor knowledge Know about the changing industry

Interview Advice: Be positive and excited!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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E.ON

Graduate Trainee, Customer Operations at E.ON

Application Advice: Understand the energy industry and how the retail sector of the business fits in to the wider energy market.

Interview Advice: Display the research you have done on the energy industry and focus your application on how your experience in the past will help you to provide the best service we can to our customers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Ensure you know that the role will be starting off in merchandising for the first few years at least before entering buying, however there is multiple opportunities to spend time with your buyers and go on vendor visits/comp shops etc. It doesn't matter what you've studied so even if you think you have no experience, don't let that put you off.

Interview Advice: Think about what the company looks for in its candidates, and try to give examples of your experiences and how these relate to the companies core qualities.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Allocation Anaylst, Accessories at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Show a passion for value and great, fashionable products. Also be curious.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Womenswear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Check out the stores beforehand, understand business model.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be honest and open.

Interview Advice: Be well prepared and informed. Do not make assumptions if you are not sure (eg about products or competitiors).

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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TJX Europe

Assitant Merchandiser, E-Commerce at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Keep an open mind about Merchandising and Buying at TK Maxx. Make sure you do your research about the company and off price.

Interview Advice: Be yourself - TK is a very open and honest place, if you pretend to be something you're not it will show.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Home Interiors at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be honest and don't try to be something you are not. They accept people from all areas of life and from all levels of experience so no matter what you have done you shouldn't be put off applying

Interview Advice: Be honest, don't try to say what you think they want to hear.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, be open, have an opinion, be open and engaging to everyone you meet,

Interview Advice: Why do you want the role, where do you want to go with it. What interests do you have. What are your stengths, how are they applicable to this company and industry

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: An understanding of the off-price business model is essential. As well as great passion for delivering amazing value to customers. You also need to be a nice person.

Interview Advice: Passion. Enthusiasm. Honesty. Open to change. Willing to share opinions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Kids & Toys at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be positive and friendly and do your research!!!

Interview Advice: Research Off-Price culture Be smart but not formal try and stand out from the crowd

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Kids & Toys at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Passion for retail and the desire to work somewhere unique are essential. Make sure that you have visited TK Maxx stores and know what we are about.

Interview Advice: You should have visited at least one TK Maxx store and started to understand how our concept is different to the high street.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising – Shoes at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be passionate about product and the off price 'treasure hunt' model. You start on the graduate scheme in the merchandising function before being able to move in to buying. It's very important that you have an appreciation for both functions then. Anyone entirely focused on buying alone tends to not enjoy the grad scheme.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocator, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show your personality, be enthusiastic and approachable

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Tell them about yourself and ANY experiences you have had (not only retail-based ones).

Interview Advice: Be yourself, show off your personality! Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself and open minded at all times.

Interview Advice: Read through our internet page and try to understand the difference between full price and off price retailer.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Make sure that you have visited both TK stores and at least one Homesense store. Be ready to have an opinion but put that across with some humility. Let your personality shine through. Ask questions..!! Be curious..!!

Interview Advice: No matter who you are talking to throughout your interview day- look interested and ask them questions about the company and their role- even if you have done lots of research so you don't need to ask questions, still ask them or else you risk looking uninterested!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Love of numbers Analytical brain Enjoys networking and building relationships with others

Interview Advice: Be confident Express how you are unique Off price concept knowledge

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

TJX Europe

Application Advice: Convey your passion for product. Learn as much about the company as you can, especially what makes us different from other retailers. Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Do your research into the company. Why are TK Maxx & Homesense different from other retailers? Who do you think this customer base is? You will be given tasks you need to undertake before your interview – put the effort in. It will show how much you want the job. What makes you different from other applicants? Why do you want to work in buying or merchandising?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Senior Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself! Genuine passion and enthusiasm is key.

Interview Advice: Be friendly and enthusiastic! And don't be afraid to show your opinions and justify your thought processes.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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TJX Europe

Graduate Scheme – Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: 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.

Interview Advice: 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.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Mercedes-Benz UK

Business Operations Graduate, at Mercedes-Benz UK

Application Advice: Back up answers with relevant examples wherever possible.

Interview Advice: Again back up answers with examples to demonstrate full understanding and be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Allocation Analyst, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: You need to have a basic understanding of the business model when applying for a role at TK Maxx. As well as this, be passionate about retail and product. Be confident and have an opinion, people want to hear what you actually think rather than what you think they want to hear. Be flexible and able to adapt to change.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, E-commerce at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be yourself, TK are all about getting the right fit of people and putting them into a role where they will thrive

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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TJX Europe

Graduate, at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Show you have researched the company and you have a good understanding of the company. Visit stores so you can talk about what you have seen.Ensure you act enthusiastic and show how passionate you are about working for such an exciting, fast pace and profitable company.

Interview Advice: Be energetic, enthusiastic and a good person and you will do well in this company. The company is one of the only fashion retailers that don't require a fashion degree and give anyone an opportunity if they deserve it. It is not competitive and they can hire as many people as they like so do your research on the company values/ morals and you will be fine!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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TJX Europe

Assistant Merchandiser, Merchandising at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Be passionate, have an opinion, challenge back. Be yourself and don't be afraid to be unique.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have researched the competition and their brands, retails etc. to speak confidently about them and challenge your interviewer. Make sure you know what the definition of buying & merchandising is and what is off-price!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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HSBC Bank Plc

Executive Management Trainee, Executive Management Scheme at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values and display them.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Fidelity International

Business Analyst, Retail Technology at Fidelity International

Application Advice: Apply for this role if you enjoy meeting with stakeholders and understand the business and technical implications of making decisions. You should have a good understanding of the software development lifecycle and be aware of both Waterfall and Agile methodologies.

Interview Advice: I was asked a lot about my previous experience which was all project based university work. The role requires delivering products using the software development lifecycle so try to think of as many examples as you can where you have had to capture requirements and design and implelement and test a solution.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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HSBC Bank Plc

European Customer Experience Manager, Customer Experience at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: You need to have confidence and good interpersonal skills. You must have a good knowledge of customer experience theories and be passionate about helping the organisation to acheive a high level of service.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operational Leadership Management Trainee, Operations at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values based culture

Interview Advice: Competency based questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Understand the value of being mutual

Interview Advice: Be able to give examples of how you have gone out of your way to help someone.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Operations Management Trainee, HTS at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: When applying for the role, ensure that you understand the values of the bank and what challenges it is currently facing.

Interview Advice: Spend the 2 months leading up to the interview looking at financial newspapers to gain an understanding of the environment that the bank is currently operating in. When at the assessment centre, remember to make your voice heard, but never at the expense of someone else.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Graduate Management Trainee, Branch/Strategy placements at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Understand the values of the company, if you don't believe in the values and display them in your current circumstances (work/study) then you may wish to explore further.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Executive, Product Management and Pricing, Mortgages at Nationwide

Application Advice: - Sounds cliché but be yourself. Nationwide has an extremely strong people culture. They are trying to look for the best fit in the company and to succeed you will need to agree and believe in the culture and values that Nationwide encompasses. - Do you

Interview Advice: - Sounds cliché but be yourself. Nationwide has an extremely strong people culture. They are trying to look for the best fit in the company and to succeed you will need to agree and believe in the culture and values that Nationwide encompasses. - Follow

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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HSBC Bank Plc

Management Trainee, Wealth & Savings at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be very proactive in looking for opportunity. Lots of opportunity to develop and grow however this has to be self driven to a very large extent. Nobody will baby you.

Interview Advice: Research the company values and be prepared to answer competency questions based on how you displayed those values in you prior roles/ education/ personal life. Ensure that you underline your contribution in each situtation.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Next

Trainee Buyer, at Next

Application Advice: Knowing the customer and what they want is paramount. There is no such thing as too much research! Always be aware of competitors and what they're doing, comp shopping is so important.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and always demonstrate a can-do attitude- this will go a very long way. Prepare well and show you've done the work, going the extra mile will always impress.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

People MI Analyst, People (HR) at Asda

Application Advice: I'd recommend that you really get to know what Asda is about. Visit our stores and talk to our colleagues. We have such a unique culture that we know it isn't for everyone - but if it is for you and you have the same beliefs and ethics as us then you will love it. When you're applying just be as honest as you can....no one wants to catch you out, they just want to see you at your best.

Interview Advice: My best advice for assessment centre/interviews is to bring your application to life and to enjoy the day. There was obviously something in your application which Asda liked, so now show the panel that in real life! I found my assessment centre really good fun, which made me relax. Therefore, I was able to be at my best!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Nationwide

Graduate, Risk at Nationwide

Application Advice: Focus on Nationwide's mutuality and values.

Interview Advice: All standard competency based questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Asda

, at Asda

Application Advice: Look into the company as much as possible. Try to speak to current graduates so that they are clear about the role they will walk into.

Interview Advice: They should be very honest and open with all answers. On the assessment day make sure to air your views but also involve other people in the conversation if they don't say very much.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

Retail manager, at Asda

Application Advice: Be prepared for the demanding hours of retail and be prepared to feel out of your depth, it is worth it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Asda hire for personality. Do your research though; on the company, the market and the competition.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Kingfisher Plc

Junior Buyer, Building at Kingfisher Plc

Application Advice: Make sure you show your passion for the products and the Kingfisher purpose to help customers have better homes and better lives.

Interview Advice: Prepare to be grilled about your weaknesses, tell them what you are doing to work on them and be honest.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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WM Morrisons

Production and Manufacturing Graduate, Manufacturing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Research the role you're applying for in great detail. Lots of graduates start in roles that they have no idea about.

Interview Advice: Be open and honest. Don't speak over people but do contribute. Accept other peoples views. During team exercises try to work together. Never put another applicant down.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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WM Morrisons

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be yourself and show your true personality - yes experience is needed but a lot of the assessments look at your personality and how you come across in different situations.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Marks and Spencer

Graduate Commercial Manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: It is very important to be passionate about retail - building relationships and being self driven is crucial.

Interview Advice: The assessment centre is based around the core management competences.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Graduate Commercial Manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Only apply if you wish to be a shop floor manager for a very long time before any chance for progression. There are a long line of commercial managers who wish to get into Head Office roles, but applications are often blocked by regional managers to prevent losing good managers. Thus, it can be very difficult to progress beyond shop floor management.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Commercial manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Be yourself, you have to love retail.

Interview Advice: Biggest decision made in a small time period.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Nationwide

Graduate, Governance and RIsk at Nationwide

Application Advice: 1. Nationwide has the most sensible, grounded, graduate recruitment process I have undertaken. From application to final assesment day. It's very challenging, but nobody is trying to trick you - seriously.

Interview Advice: 1. None of your assessors have been overly influenced by reality TV shows in their expectations of you, or their approach - so tone down 'The Apprentice' in you if you have one. 2. Be yourself (within the bounds of professionalism!), Nationwide has a strong business culture, if you're yourself on the day you'll know if it suits you (and they'll know if it suits you). I know you might not think so but it's really important to feel comfortable where you work.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Marks and Spencer

Graduate commercial manager, Fashion/food at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: It is hard work but will be worth it after your training year. Retail experience is useful if you don't have a related degree.

Interview Advice: Put yourself out there. You won't get noticed for being quiet and sitting at the back. Give the examiners something to remember you by. Have a personality, not just purely work related.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Commercial Manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Its all about being able to deal with and manage people as they will ultimately achieve what you want to deliver. Don't get too caught up in worrying about the technical training side of things as this will come easily.

Interview Advice: Show you are a people person

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Commercial manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Be honest

Interview Advice: Use as many examples as possible

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Bpp commercial manager, Commercial team at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Take your time and don't rush, when it comes to the psychometric testing, do some online example questions so you know what to expect.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and do your research, learn as much about the company and link that to practical experiences you have previously which can then be linked to the business competencies. Finally be prepared, the interview is around the business competencies. Come up with an example for each one you can talk about. Linking them together where possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Commercial Manager, North West at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Be honest, it will show if not. Prepare and give plenty of relevant examples.

Interview Advice: Be prepared. Understand the business and market as a whole. Ultimately be confident and prepared enough to be relaxed on the day whilst being able to show a passion for working for the business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Commercial manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Take your time, it's a tough process with something in the region of 14000 applicants for roughly 50-100 positions a year.

Interview Advice: Show your personality, everyone at this stage is good on paper. Prepare for a long day, assessment day is around 7 hours but is very varied and is actually really good fun!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

BPP commercial manager, Retail manager at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: M&S likes to see variety in your experience, whether it be sports, university, jobs or voluntary work. Be confident and sell yourself!

Interview Advice: I was asked in the interview about times I had to overcome difficult situations. This does not only refer to previous jobs, any sort of life experience you have had. Be yourself and don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Marks and Spencer

Trainee commercial manager, at Marks and Spencer

Application Advice: Be prepared to learn from day one without any guidance.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

General Leadership Graduate, at Nationwide

Application Advice: Know what a mutual is, how it is different from a plc etc

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Treasury at Nationwide

Application Advice: Ensure that you have drive, amibiton and the passion to learn and develop. You will not be expected to be an expert in any particular area, yet will be expected to be driven to succeed and progress.

Interview Advice: Know the organisation and the role that is being applied for. But most important know yourself. Understand and article why you want the job and why you are worth investing in. Important to show a willingness to learn and develop and genuine drive and ambition.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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WM Morrisons

Technical Graduate – Online, Food Quality at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Show your passion for food and new ways of doing things. Say what you could bring to a team that would make you stand out.

Interview Advice: Refer all your answers back to the Company's value. Be confident and don't be scared to go into great detail about your achievements.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Tesco

Finance Executive, Finance at Tesco

Application Advice: Confidence is a key and retail experience is appropriated .

Interview Advice: Make sure you are always on your best behavior - the whole experience is assessed.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Asda

Retail Manager, Retail at Asda

Application Advice: Just be yourself!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Graduate manager, Home shopping at Asda

Application Advice: Show your personality

Interview Advice: Think of the bigger picture who's number one? - the customer always

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Asda

Supermarkets Proposition Development, Property at Asda

Application Advice: Do your research on the business strategy

Interview Advice: Be yourself "hire for attitude train for skill"

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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 trainee, North east at Asda

Application Advice: Be yourself, let your personality shine!

Interview Advice: Look online, visit stores and speak to people who work at asda already.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

Department Manager, at Asda

Application Advice: Research the company and be sure the job your applying for is definitely for you. Visit your local Asda if you are an external candidate and ask to speak with the people manager who will be more than happy to help you with your application process. Take time to prepare for your interviews and concentrate on competency questions, always have examples and speak about what you would do differently.

Interview Advice: Be clear and always back your answers up with examples and try to bring in examples from not only Univeristy but bring in past work experience or any volunteer work you have been involved in.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Retail Management.Graduate Scheme, Retail Stores at Asda

Application Advice: If you don't have any experience in retail try and equivalete your skills with any other extra curricular activities you've been involved in as this will help you a lot and also the employer to understand your personality!

Interview Advice: Be as yourself as you can as if your personality shines through in the interview and it matches the values of the company you will also be in a job where you enjoy what you do as you're in line with their beliefs!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Mortgage Product Management at Nationwide

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Central Distribution at Nationwide

Application Advice: Research the company and make sure you would like to work in the corpoarate environment- it can be a culture shock if you're not used to the large company style. If you reach the interview phase make sure you know a lot about PRIDE as the company puts a major emphasis on this. Use the STAR model to answer competency based questions (S-Situation, T-Task, A-Action and R-Result).

Interview Advice: Telephone interview consisted of 4-5 competency based questions and lasted about 45 minutes. The assessment centre started the night before. All candidates stay in a hotel the night before and go to dinner with two current graduates- this isn't assessed so ask them anything you like! The day itself consists of a written test, an hour interview, group and individual exercises and presentations. Again, research the company and know your stuff!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Accenture

Business Analyst, at Accenture

Application Advice: Do a lot of research and show you are passionate about the company.

Interview Advice: Be confident and honest.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Accenture

PMO, PPI at Accenture

Application Advice: Research the company thoroughly and understand the analyst role before applying. It might not be right for you, so make an effort to fully understand what your life will look like as an analyst at Accenture.

Interview Advice: Thoroughly research the website, particularly the client case studies and make sure you can cite a few and how Accenture made a difference.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Asda

General merchandise manager, Graduate scheme at Asda

Application Advice: Be honest, and know the company. Asda really does live by its values and if this fits in with your personality, you'll fly through the application.

Interview Advice: Think about why you want the job, and how you'll make a difference and stand out from the crowd.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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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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WM Morrisons

, at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be sure you know why you want to work in retail. Have confidence but not arrogance, research the company and market to identify the challenges and share your opinion when necessary (suitably backed up with evidence). As with all roles, tailor your application. In this instance to a retailer - focus on things such as simplicity, communication, commercial awareness, managing change, speed, and think about how things could be done differently and why this is good. Competency based answers, use a wide range of experiences, come across positively.

Interview Advice: Competency based answers, use a wide range of experiences (both academic and social), come across positively...be willing to learn

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Manager, Produce, grocery, home office at Asda

Application Advice: Be willing to stand up and sing about yourself, you need to let yourself shine and grasp any opportunities.

Interview Advice: Know your strengths but also know how to improve your opportunities.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Asda

Ambient Supply Manager, South Yorkshire at Asda

Application Advice: Honest, upfront and be willing to fight.

Interview Advice: Honest, let your personality shine through and be prepared. Know the business.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Central Retail at Nationwide

Interview Advice: Be yourself- nationwide looks for your personality. The job has to be right for you so nationwide looks for the type of people who are most likely to get on and will ENJOY working here. If you aren't yourself it's likely you won't want to be here.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate, Product, Protection and Investments at Nationwide

Application Advice: Make sure you read the Nationwide website as there is plenty information on there about Nationwide as a mutual, the roles and the graduate programme. Be sure you know why you are applying to a particular programme. Enthusiasm and being prepared go a long way.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate General Leadership, Media Relations at Nationwide

Application Advice: Nationwide is a Building Society - understand why this makes it different Understand PRIDE, Nationwide's corporate culture

Interview Advice: Relax - the assessment process is very friendly Don't try and play games at the assessment centre

Industry: Banking and Finance, Retail Banking

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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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Asda

Format Development Analyst, eCommerce at Asda

Application Advice: Asda hire for personality and train for skill, but ensure you can clearly demonstrate your technical skills as well as making sure your personality can shine through.

Interview Advice: Ensure you have relevant examples of times you have completed stuff, like worked through a tough situation or influenced someone else.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Buyer, Trading at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Morrisons is a great place to work and the business has so many different sectors to it where you can widen your experiences. Once you are here you have the chance to move around to find a role that suits you perfectly whether it be in trading, logistics, manufacturing, finance etc there is something to suit everyone.

Interview Advice: Research the Company, know our values and have examples ready.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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WM Morrisons

Manufacturing Graduate Scheme, Manufacturing at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Make sure food manufacturing is what you want to do. Girls who want to wear lots of make-up, do their nails and look after their hair need not apply. Have experience of manufacturing and be a logical thinking problem solver

Interview Advice: Do your research on the morrisons values and apply these to your experience and education

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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WM Morrisons

FLM, Woodhead Bros at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be confident, and passionate about the business, this is what they want to see.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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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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Mace Limited

Trade Planner, Trade Planning at Mace Limited

Application Advice: Research the history and heritage of the company

Interview Advice: Case interviews- give a case and asked questions based on this

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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WM Morrisons

Buyer, Trading at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Understand what makes Morrisons different, assess whether that fits in with you and be honest in your approach.

Interview Advice: Think of honest relevant examples for the competency based questions. You will be found out very quickly if you have lied your way through

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Asda

Organisational Effectiveness Coordinator, People at Asda

Application Advice: Understand the company and the way we operate. Understand the ethos. Expect to be stretched and have to be mobile.

Interview Advice: Show commercial awareness and think about the company and how viable any options you put forward as solutions to issues are. Let your personality shine through, we 'hore for attitude and train for skill' Demonstrate customer service, we are a service focused organisation. Know what you have put on your application form and CV and use same examples as on here for consistency.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Asda

Contact Lens Buyer, Optical at Asda

Application Advice: Relate your answers to the key behaviours required Give lots of examples of times you have shown.... whatever it might be

Interview Advice: Somehow, if you can find someone in Asda house to speak to about the role and the assessment day, and then make sure you say you did so on the day, this will strengthen your position massively, its what I did The things they are looking for above all else are on overall good character, traits, such as: Natural leadership ability Confidence Humility Personality These things are more important to Asda than grades, intelligence etc - you have already proved your intelligence by getting to the interview

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Asda

Graduate, at Asda

Application Advice: Be yourself, ask questions, enjoy the process

Interview Advice: Be honest about the role and ask as many questions as possible

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Tesco

Assistant Product Developer, Convenience Foods at Tesco

Application Advice: Passionate. Prepare well.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Development)

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Tesco

Supply Chain Graduate, at Tesco

Application Advice: Think about our values: We treat everyone how we like to be treated, no one tries harder for customers, we use our scale for good, and think about why you would want to be part of an organisation with these values and any experiences you have had which align to our core purpose.

Interview Advice: Prepare! Learn as much as you can about our values, leadership skills, technical skills required for your role and have a think about answers to key competency questions

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Tesco

Graduate Trainee, at Tesco

Application Advice: Make sure you are a good team player and have plenty of evidence of that.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Tesco

Development space manager, property at Tesco

Application Advice: if you want a high profile job woth lots of responsibility its a perfect job

Interview Advice: Know the competetion, whats happening in the market. but also make sure you know yourself & what your values are

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Tesco

Graduate buyer, at Tesco

Application Advice: Understand Tesco and the specific role you are applying for

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Tesco

Graduate Buyer, at Tesco

Application Advice: The process is gruelling and very competitive, but make sure you are yourself at all times. Tesco looks as much at you as a person as your qualifications and experience.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and pepare well.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Tesco

Buyer, Group Procurement Property at Tesco

Application Advice: Have lots of knowledge on the company, the industry and the competitors as this will show market knowledge.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Tesco

Trainee Buyer, Clothing at Tesco

Application Advice: Tesco feel very strongly about our core values, which are things they expect their colleagues to live by and act this out in the workplace. I would insist that in the application, these values are related back to your experience. I was told in my interview that it isn't necessarily my opinion/point of argument that they were interested, but in my justification.

Interview Advice: How my values have been challenged in a scenario and how I dealt with it. What I would change in the business. The Assessment centre consists of 7/8 different tasks and ranked on a traffic light system. They made the day as relaxed as possible which helped my nerves and was a great way to encourage me to act as myself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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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Tesco

IT Graduate, IT at Tesco

Interview Advice: - Know the company - People skills is key

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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 Research Manager, at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Group Internal Audit and Risk Graduate, Finance at Boots

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

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

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Boots

Assistant Channel Manager, Boots.com at Boots

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

Interview Advice: - Maths test - Group scenarios - Buyers negotiation task

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Telefonica

Retail Leadership Graduate, at Telefonica

Application Advice: Show how well you can work in and influence a team. Show strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Interview Advice: Act calm and be strong in your conviction whilst not becoming overpowering. The assessment centre is made as relaxing as possible so act naturally.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Assistant Merchandiser, Womenswear at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Ensure you know what the role entails so you know if it is for you. There have been quite a few people join and then leave as it isn't what they thought. Also ensure you have suffcient experience of handling excelas it is essential. An annalytical & organised mind is essential.

Interview Advice: Give examples of when you made decisions, when you made a change in a process, when you have had to deal with conflict, think about your work ethic and explain your ways of working, as much as it is an interview for the role for you, make sure you ask questions about the way the department works and the way the merchandiser works, some are flexible, some can be awkward, so ensure you are a good fit for the job for yourself too.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Associate, International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Ensure you research the role fully. Have a high level of commercial awareness and know context behind the industry.

Interview Advice: Where do you shop? How do you keep up to date with fashion? Scenario questions to illustrate time managment and knowledge of the job role. Tell them about a time when you had to be organised. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Tesco

Marketing, Marketing at Tesco

Application Advice: Just apply

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadia Group

Senior International MAA, Topshop International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Know your fashion brands and trends. Be confident and show that you've got a strong analytical skill set. Be ready to be challenged and open to trying new things. Be comfortable with numbers, but more importantly ensure to be commercially aware. If you don't like a fast paced job, this will not be for you.

Interview Advice: Know your Arcadia brands. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Do a couple of standard merchandising practise tests online to prep. Let your personality out. Have a can-do attitude. Dress well.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Online Trading Assistant, Digital at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Showing strong commercial awareness is really important. Be enthusiastic and show a genuine interest in the brand and product.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

International merchandising administration assistant, International at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: - Apply early - make sure you have a detailed understanding of your role, the sector you are applying for and the business as a whole - use career advisors to go through cover letter and CV

Interview Advice: - see above, clear understanding of role and business and related competency questions. - practice maths test - be clear, confident and keen.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Associate, Wonenswear at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Go into store when you do your SWOT analysis, ask the staff lots of questions!

Interview Advice: Don't dress too smart - stay high fashion and casual!

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandising Assistant, at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: It's quite lengthy and complicated.

Interview Advice: Be patient and prepared to do a series of tough interviews for the positions that are not always available.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandising Associate, Merchandising at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Be prepared for lots of administration work and having to meet deadlines. Do not expect to progress within the department quickly, be able to adapt quickly, be willing to learn, write everything down!

Interview Advice: What has been the biggest decision I have made in the past year? Think about the outcome of making that decision and explain the positives and negatives of it. Indicate how you have learnt from the decision you made/why you stick by it.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Associate, Womenswear at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Be patient and prepared for a lengthy interview process. Typical interview process includes; application form, maths test, video/phone interview, interview with Arcadia including maths test and presentation, interview with brand and presentation.

Interview Advice: Be prepared and have a good knowledge of the retail world and have a good commercial awareness.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandising Admin Assistant, Merchandising at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Be prepared to work late hours.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandising Admin Assistant, Footwear merchandising at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Make sure you understand what the job role is before applying. Many people think merchandising is a pathway into buying and it's not.

Interview Advice: Know your strengths and weaknesses (turn your weaknesses into strengths). Be aware of competitors in the marketplace and don't be afraid to give your own ideas in your interview as it shows your creativity. I was asked 3 words to describe myself so choose wisely. I would also recommend having a really clear understanding of merchandising and its impact on the company and sales etc.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Admin Assistant, Topman at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Research the company and the industry as it is important to know a lot about the area you want to work in. Be enthusiastic about the role and the industry and the brand if you are interviewing for a specific brand. Only apply to the role if you really feel you are passionate about it - it is a hard working industry with lower pay than others so you need to really feel strongly about wanting to start a career in retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Arcadia Group

Merchandise Associate, Fashion Accessories at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: - Don't rush it and spend some time thinking about what you acutally want to show about yourself.

Interview Advice: #NAME?

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Tesco

Commercial Manager, Broadband & Homephone – Commercial at Tesco

Application Advice: Apply for something you have genuine interest and experience in.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be prepared and trust your own judgement.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Tesco

Graduate Supply Chain Project Manager, Supply Chain Development at Tesco

Application Advice: You need to display good knowledge and interest in the retail sector and be able to come up with your own solutions to problems that might occur. Don't be afraid to speak your mind and be confident in your own ability.

Interview Advice: Make sure you elaborate on your answers. If an interviewer asks where you have faced a difficult situation for example, say why it was difficult but also explain what you decided to do, what the outcome was and what, if anything, you would do next time.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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John Lewis Partnership

Graduate trainee, Branch, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Ensure you research the company well and look into its really interesting history. You have to be prepared to stack shelves as well as work in the office.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, know their history, and know the behaviours.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be yourself, relax and let your personality come through. Apply if you have a real passion for people and the fast paced environment that is retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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dunnhumby

Customer Education Consultant, Customer Education at dunnhumby

Application Advice: Demonstrating a passion for the value of data is crucial, as is a knowledge and understanding of the grocery market sector, particularly Tesco.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic, sincere and draw on a range of examples.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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

Trainee Merchandiser, Clothing at Tesco

Application Advice: If you don't hear back at any stage as to whether or not you have been successful then chase them for a response! I did not hear for weeks after my telephone interview and presumed I had not been successful. It was only on a whim that I emailed and queried only to find out that I had been successful and it was an oversight that I hadn't been notified.

Interview Advice: Relax into the assessment day. It is a long day and if you are not being yourself it will become apparent. For merchandiser positions I had to do a numeric test based on trade data, a presentation about risks and opportunities which I was able to prepare in advance of the day, and had several group tasks. My advice for the group tasks would be that it is not always about getting your idea to win or be chosen. You need to demonstrate that what you are doing is in the best interests of the customer and that you can listen to and build on the ideas of your peers.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Retail Management Scheme, at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Understand what the role and retail will entail. Ensure that retail is the right career for you. Understand the Partnership and why it is unique.

Interview Advice: Understand how the Partnership was formed and how this effects how it works today.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Tesco

Assistant Buyer, Grocery at Tesco

Application Advice: Make sure you're prepared for a fast and varied life - Retail is ever changing and your role within Tesco will change regularly. The pace is also very fast, so be prepared for that.

Interview Advice: Make sure your constantly think of the customer, putting it at the heart of what you do.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Tesco

Graduate Technologist, Healthcare at Tesco

Application Advice: Don't worry about the product area you want to work in; there are lots of opportunity to move around once you're inside Tesco. Focus on your skills and how they will make you into a great technologist. Being analytically minded, focused and innovative are key.

Interview Advice: My most difficult question was "When have you failed at something and how did you come back from it?". I'd recommend being open and honest, but always focus on the positives; what you gained from the experience and why it's made you a better person, but be prepared for the follow up of "How do we know it won't happen again?".

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Tesco

Graduate, at Tesco

Application Advice: Ensuring you have examples of all the skills you claim to have, and answering the questions with real life examples of how you have developed those skills.

Interview Advice: Make sure you research Tesco well, there are lots of great things that Tesco does in the community that are not well publisised. Having knowledge of these will be impressive, but may also align with your personal values and make you a better fit for Tesco. Also, Tesco are keen to ensure we are keeping up with new trends, now more than ever, so being able to showcase you have a keen eye for innovation and keeping up with the latest thinking on areas that interest you would be a great way to showcase this skill.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Development)

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Tesco

Graduate, Trading Law & Technical at Tesco

Application Advice: Think carefully whether you want a career with Tesco or a career as a specialist in your function. Think carefully which part of Tesco you want to work in, as opportunities vary from one area to another.

Interview Advice: Think about the customer, think of your impact to Tesco and customers (savings, better quality, assurance, etc).

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Tesco

Graduate Technologist, GFS at Tesco

Application Advice: Be yourself, Tesco like graduates who are themselves and can apply their individuality to their role.

Interview Advice: Prepare! The more you prepare for the assessment centre the more successful you will be. It is a very intense day where you willl be interviewed, expected to present and take part in group activities. The more you prepare the more confident you will be on the day, which is what Tesco is looking for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Tesco

Web Trading Executive, Commercial at Tesco

Interview Advice: Make sure and prepare before your interview. Find out as much about Tesco and their future plans as possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Tesco

Technical & Development Assistant, UK Bakery at Tesco

Application Advice: Be yourself. Tesco are good at choosing candidates based on their personality and if they will fit in with Tesco values. You don't want to picked for a job that won't suit you.

Interview Advice: Relax. Be prepared. Know about the competitors.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Product Technology)

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Tesco

Graduate Buyer, Commercial` at Tesco

Application Advice: Focus on the customer and how you can generate value for them. Focus on Tesco's core Values.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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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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Tesco

Trainee Buyer, Clothing at Tesco

Application Advice: Do you best, Be Prepared, Research the Company, See if you can get work experience.

Interview Advice: Turn up on time but not too early, Wear something comfortable, Breath and take your time.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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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

Merchandising Administrator, Furnishing Fabrics at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Be commercial and always think of ideas on how to improve the John Lewis Offer and customer experience. Be positive, confident and do your research. Most of all be passionate about retail, John Lewis products and furthering your own career and self development.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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

Buying Assistant, Menswear Buying at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Passion for retail and selling, work experience essential, ability to think outside the box and analytical skills, confidence in self and ideas.

Interview Advice: Knowledge of partnership, negotiation and management role play, career ambitions.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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John Lewis Partnership

Section Manager, Handbags at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Take your time! A lot of people apply for the positions, your application needs to be as strong as possible.

Interview Advice: Research the company and think of some really robust examples of what you have achieved that you can link into the role that you are applying for.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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Allianz Insurance

Retail Management Trainee, Claims Validation Team at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Read the Annual Report and understand the performance of the business to date - in particular the division you are applying for.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and relax - you'll give the best of yourself and that is what Allianz are looking for. Not a cut throat competitive nature.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Operations)

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John Lewis Partnership

Retail Management Graduate, Stock Management at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Spell check!!! Dont let it creep into your application. Use language that is appropriate of your business. John Lewis calls its employees Partners nothing else.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Be confident in who you are and most of all be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Department & Store Management)

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John Lewis Partnership

Merchandising Assistant, Premium Beauty at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: See my blog on the John Lewis website!! Lots of advice and tips there but mainly just be yourself - make sure you've done your homework and know about the company and about the retail sector in general. If you want the job enough then you should be able to articulate why and why you think you'd be suited well.

Interview Advice: Again, see my blog on the John Lewis graduates website for help and advice, and I'm happy to answer any questions on there.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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John Lewis Partnership

Merchandising Administrator, Audio at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Show your passion for retail and be innovative in your ideas for the future of the retail business.

Interview Advice: Where did I see retail in 5 years, how did I work in a team, as a leader. Made a presentation. How would I deal with different situations. Did a computer exercise.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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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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John Lewis Partnership

Department Manager, Waitrose at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Sell your strengths and give detailed examples to show exactly how you demonstrate the skills they are looking for.

Interview Advice: Research the business and make sure you are aware of what their values are, for Waitrose this is incredibly important.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Assistant Manager, Store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Majestic now care less about wine knowledge, only training people to level 2. It is more about the operations and showing you have common sense.

Interview Advice: #TWAM (together we are majestic).

Industry: Retail

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Finance Apprentice, Finance at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Get a clear idea of what the off-price model is and what TKMaxx and Homesense are. Prepare questions and be yourself, TJX likes bright and fresh people, who are flexible and curious.

Industry: Retail

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Finance, Finance at TJX Europe

Interview Advice: Know the business & ask questions, show curiosity.

Industry: Retail

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WH Smith

Interview Advice: Be confident but too confident

Industry: Retail

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Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself, show you are an out going confident person

Interview Advice: Understand that this is customer service and sales role, not out and out management.

Industry: Retail

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Assistant manager at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: customer service understand who your client base is and listen

Interview Advice: be honest

Industry: Retail

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Store Management at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be aware of what the job involves - long hours and working weekends - before you apply. It does not necessarily lead to a good work/life balance.

Interview Advice: Relax and show how personable you are. If you can hold a conversation with someone you don't know you'll be fine.

Industry: Retail

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Trainee manager, In store at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Customer service is key, show you understand this. Enthusiasm to learn about BWS is more important than current knowledge.

Interview Advice: Give examples of when you have given good customer service, why are you interested in working for majestic - is it retail or wine. (Neither is wrong but have a reason). Be enthusiastic!

Industry: Retail

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Store Manager, Retail at Majestic Wine

Interview Advice: Having prior wine knowledge is not important. Showing a willingness and enthusiasm to learn about wine is paramount to being successful at interview. Demonstrate you are easy to get along with, bubbly and personable. Asked questions about major competitors

Industry: Retail

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assistant manager, retail shop at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and do your research on the company

Interview Advice: Make sure all your responses are customer satisfaction focused

Industry: Retail

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Team Leader Development, Sales at WH Smith

Application Advice: Study the company and what makes it tick.

Interview Advice: Be confident and outgoing.

Industry: Retail

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Placement – Merchandising and Buying, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself!

Interview Advice: Make sure you research the company, off-price model, values. Be yourself.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Buying)

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Placement – Merchandising & Buying, Home at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Show your ability of agile thinking, both analytical and creative/humanistic skills. Prove that you're a great team player and simply a nice person to work with!

Interview Advice: Show off with your knowledge of the off price business model. Do profound research about the company, its competitors and market environment.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Hospitality Supervision and Leadership – Apprentice, QSR at KFC UK & Ireland

Application Advice: Be confident.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Sales)

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Apprentice, at Majestic Wine

Application Advice: Be yourself. Don't try and come across as something you're not.

Interview Advice: Visit a store before an interview. It helps understand the people working in the stores and the culture of Majestic.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Business Management)

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Buying and Merchandising Placement, Active at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: Be yourself in interviews and show your enthusiasm.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't be concerned about the tasks at the assessment centre, they are not there to catch you out. Just enjoy the day and show your passion for retail.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Allocation Analyst, Womens Wear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: To put relationships before task (where appropriate). To be honest and genuinely nice. To be interested in what people say and don't be afraid to challenge, just ensure it's done in a constructive way.

Interview Advice: Look at the website, there's a lot of relevant information. Also look on sites like TheJobCrowd, it will provide an idea of to what expect. Definitely learn about the off-price model. Other useful things to know are; ways you challenged the status quo, any projects you have headed up, being able to talk about a product (seasonality, commerciality, what does the brand mean? who does it appeal too etc). Be prepared to talk about yourself, it's fine to talk about something that didn't work out as you had expected. However, make sure you know what you would've done differently.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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Merchandising and buying placement, Menswear at TJX Europe’

Application Advice: In the application form, give examples of when you've worked well within a team - TK Maxx is all about having 'nice' people so show how you are like this through team working examples and volunteer work if you've done any.

Interview Advice: The interview is very casual, so be as relaxed and personable as possible.

Industry: Retail, Retail (Merchandiser)

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