Boots Graduate Scheme Cover Letter


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UK - Nationwide

Employees:
110000

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Most graduates will know of the Boots brand because of their high presence on the UK high street.

The brand has a great heritage as well as a passion for serving customers and have recently joined with Walgreens in America in order to increase the strength of the business.

There are well over 2,500 stores in the UK and graduates are offered the chance to get involved and develop themselves into future leaders within the business. Boots are looking for graduates with a degree in finance or retail (although not essential)  that want to help drive the company forward in return for excellent training and rewards.

Boots Graduate Talent Programmes

As the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer and one of the country’s most trusted household names we’re evolving in the ever changing world of retail and the future’s looking bright. To help us succeed we need a strong team who love driving business performance by creating those “feel good” moments for our customers.

We have six exciting, involving and evolving programmes in Retail Management, Brand, Buying and Marketing, Finance, Technology, Supply Chain and Operations – so you can choose the right one for you.

With the Retail Management Programme, you’ll be developed as a store leader capable of offering the legendary care our customers expect each time they walk into a store.

Or maybe the Brand, Buying and Marketing Programme is for you. You’ll explore how to develop, source and market Boots’ renowned brands, including No.7 and Botanics, as well as a huge range of external brands.

As a Finance Programme Graduate we offer more than just experience in financial accounting, management information and business partnering. You’ll be a crucial part of the department creating the business framework for now and the future. We also fund the relevant qualifications, either ACA or CIMA while you’re on the programme, and you’ll have the opportunity to work in an international role.

On the Technology Programme, you’ll be driving IT solutions to meet the demands of this fast growing business now and in the future.

This year we’ve introduced programmes in Supply Chain and Operations. On these you’ll see how the business responds to the ever-changing customer needs, driving loyalty & sales to increase our market share. It’s a big operation and this is a big opportunity.

If you think you’re right for one of our programmes apply now. While a relevant business, retail or financial degree is ideal, what we’re really looking for is a passion for retail and a desire to drive the company successfully into the future. Develop an amazing career with Boots and realise why we are #Good4Grads.

Interesting fact

The research arm of the Boots Group created Ibuprofen in the 1960s.

Interview process

There was an online application which asked several questions like "Why do you want to work here" and some comptency based questions too. You also had to include a cover letter and CV.

After that application there was a numerical reasoning test. You get to do some practice questions before hand, then the test is timed, and you have to complete as many questions as you can (correctly) in the allotted time. I didn't answer all the questions, but I got through - so just do your best to answer well and do the proper working out!

Then there was a telephone interview. It only lasts about 15 minutes because you only get 4 questions. They were quite similar to the online application and included, why would you be a good addition to Boots, and competency based questions.

Most difficult question

This one was difficult because I wasn't expecting it (at the assessment centre) -
Describe a time, when you were part of a team, and you actively helped aq member of your team to grow.

Interview tips

Make sure you do your research on the company and the job role. You need to be able to say what you can bring to the role and the company as an individual.

The hardest parts are the unknowns - like the role play - so just try and use your initiative and stay calm. During the interview, make sure you give good examples, but don't talk too much or give more than one for each questions, because you get asked a lot of different things.

The best advice is to be prepared and then you can try and enjoy it on the day!

Experiences at the assessment centre

In the assessment centre there was an introductory presentation to start the day. This is a good chance to settle into the day, so try to enjoy it and listen well.

Then we went into individual interviews. These were one on one with one of the assessors. It was mainly comptency based questions, and there were a lot of them. The interview lasted for around 40 minutes. Several of the questions were based around teamwork, but different aspects (leading a team, part of a successful team, helping team to grow) so try to come up with different examples for each one, otherwise it will get very repetitive! The assessor had my CV in front of them, so the initial questions were asking you about things you have done and why you have done them. If you've done something unrelated to retail, make sure you can show how the skills you learnt are useful and will help you on the scheme.

After the interview we had a group task. There were 5 Assistant Managers profiles, and you had to decide who was the most impressive and the least impressive. You were given 10 minutes to read the information individually and make a decision. Then you got taken into a room with the assessors and had to discuss your ideas as a group. At the end of the task, you had to explain how you got to your group decision and why. Then they asked you questions about the task like, what do you think you did well on as a team? what would you have done differently? These questions were asked to the whole group, so make sure you answer something and don't let the others do all the talking. Show how you can be reflective of the group and be honest - if you think it went bad then tell them, and explain why and what you could do to improve.

Then we had a presentation, which we had to prepare before the day. These were individual, just in front of the assessors. You had 10 minutes to talk about how No. 7 could appeal (or currently does) to a younger audience. Do your research, visit multiple stores and really engage with the products. There is time for them to ask questions afterwards. Some candidates got asked things about their content, some got asked about the stores, or to give more information on a particular part of your presentation. We didn't get asked the same questions - so be prepared to talk about anything you say, or any questions they might come up about how you could improve.

Finally we had a role play task. This was also individual. You were taken into a room with one assessor who would be taking notes. Then another assessor knocked on the door and they were the angry customer. You were the store manager at Boots. They basically came to you with a problem about a product and the customer service they has received and you had to solve it. Stay calm and just react appropriately. Don't try and impress them with what you think they want, they want to see how you deal with things as an individual. Its quite intense, so just try and go with the flow as best you can.

Interview steps

Interviews

  • Phone
  • 1:1
  • Group / Panel
  • Senior Management
  • Video

Tests

  • Numerical
  • Personality
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Psychometric

Other

  • Assessment centre
  • Group excercise
  • Background check
  • Presentation
  • Competency based questions

Rating the interview

  • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 4/5
  • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
  • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
  • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
  • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 4/5
  • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
  • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5

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