John Lewis interview on Friday

Ahhh i'm cr*pping myself since it's John Lewis. They job is for around £9 an hour and I have a feeling the "assessment" is going to be quite difficult. It's for a Saturday role at a Service Building. Anyone know what sort of questions they'll ask / what my roles would be in that position?

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what position did you apply for - or did you just enquire for a saturday job -
go tidy and just be yourself -

dont rush any test and if you have spare time go over questions -
keep it neat!! no obvious spelling mistakes (i have worked in personnel - worst thing to see is a messy application form)

last thing - they need you xmas coming up - busiest time of year

good luck and let us know when you start!!

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no idea, but good luck xxx

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holly100;2883963

what position did you apply for - or did you just enquire for a saturday … what position did you apply for - or did you just enquire for a saturday job - go tidy and just be yourself - dont rush any test and if you have spare time go over questions - keep it neat!! no obvious spelling mistakes (i have worked in personnel - worst thing to see is a messy application form)last thing - they need you xmas coming up - busiest time of yeargood luck and let us know when you start!!



wow there's a test? i thought it was just gonna be an intense interview. ah well i'd prefer it if it's a test, i'm usually not bad at those
it was just a general service centre job so i'm thinking it may be stuff like stock checks and clerical thing's like that.

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Good luck, I think normally there will be an interview after the test but just like Holly said its Xmas around the corner and companies are normally desperate for good resource from around October time

Service building is usually a larger building that is used to collect larger item such as sofas etc. It may not actually be attached to the main shopping store but located in a different area altogether.

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GerryG;2884041

Service building is usually a larger building that is used to collect … Service building is usually a larger building that is used to collect larger item such as sofas etc. It may not actually be attached to the main shopping store but located in a different area altogether.



yeah i've passed it a couple of times and there's no store close to it, just loads of vans parking and leaving...

pikachu12;2884051

yeah i've passed it a couple of times and there's no store close to it, … yeah i've passed it a couple of times and there's no store close to it, just loads of vans parking and leaving...



Ah okies..possibly the job could be dealing with initial customer contact at the service building, making sure / cross referencing the order stored on the computer system to the stock that is in the service building then arranging the stock to be given to the customer and verifying the correct customer details.

Be neat tidy smile be yourself, polite, nothing should be a prob if you dont know or are unsure what they are asking or saying ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Remember to ask questions, not about money & hols but how you will be trained etc, even take some que cards with the questions, Google them and find out what they are about, If asked for your weaknesses, tell them (not booze or women LoL) but turn the weakness into a possative, ie I can be impatiant, but thats because I want to get the job done. Oh ! and be early by 10 mins so you can relax

Good luck

GOOD LUCK m8!

yes, good luck!

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When I got there, they asked me my age, and I told them I was 16 and 17 in May and they said since it's a warehouse, heath and safety regulations state I have to be 17, they gave me the opportunity to continue the assessment for the experience or I can leave, so I decided to stay. It actually went really well, they started us off talking about the company; they were asking us questions like if we knew what the original store was and when it was founded.

We then moved onto a team exercise in which we had to memorise the structure of a John Lewis van made out of lego, and then when it was taken away from us, we were expected to rebuild it as a team. We did quite well on the exercise, but didn't quite manage to get it accurately but the assessors seemed to be quite impressed.

After that, we had quite a challenge. For this, 8 of us were given 2 separate pieces of information, and we were required to answer two questions by piecing all of those together and finding the link. One of the questions was, "Who drinks the water?" and the other was "Who owns the zebra?". It was quite fun and frustrating at the same time, and we ended up no where, so I managed an answer for the who drinks the water being, "Technically all of them do since we're 90% water". Obviously I didn't say it seriously so it was quite funny for us all. Thankfully, apparently no teams previously managed to solve that puzzle so it was quite a relief.

After that, we had individual assessments which mainly consisted of mathematical questions, but quite simple ones. One of them I remember was, "A store requires 40 candles. They come in boxes of 12 so how many full boxes, and how many loose candles should be delivered?". One of the questions that they didn't really mark and was quite to see what you're like was, "If you won £2,000,000 in the lottery, what would you spend it on?". There was a trick question which involved a misorder from a supplier and you were to explain to the caller of the mistake in the order, so i'm glad i re-read the question. One of the final questions required English language skills; we were required to rewrite a couple of paragraphs "neatly". First thing I noticed was that there wasn't very good punctuation, and I just reworded a few phrases which could have been misleading or hard to understand.

After all that, they took us in for a one to one interview, it was really just confirming if we're ok with the shifts and all, the woman told me that around when I turn 17, they'll ring me/email me because apparently I did really well and they were quite pleased with me. The pays starting at £10 and hour and it seems like a brilliant place to work, so I don't mind too much

sounds like you had a good time, pikachu12 ... u shd be well pleased and proud of yourself.

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sorry you where to young for the job, did they not tell you this before when you phoned for an application form? but well done on staying and getting some interview experience

yes, great news. I hope they keep you on their records. It will soon be may, and think of the great job and good money you can save. (or not hehe).
Having an interview is always a good learning experience, well done you for staying, they probs noted that.

Good job! Don't sit and wait for them to call you when you turn 17 though, you should contact them or apply again.

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Slash;2901857

Good job! Don't sit and wait for them to call you when you turn 17 … Good job! Don't sit and wait for them to call you when you turn 17 though, you should contact them or apply again.



Yeah, in the mean time I'm gonna try to get a job in retail. The woman I was speaking with said that would be brilliant because I only have to be 16 to work in retail, and it would give me experience if I want to switch to the distribution centres which have higher pay.
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