John Lewis Partnership Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Retail Graduate Scheme

    2.7143/5 | Interview date: March 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Retail

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    Interview process

    First step was psychometric tests including numerical and verbal reasoning.

    The next step was a telephone interview. This was with a member of their graduate recruitment team and lasted 18 minutes. I was told it was to last no more than 20 minutes. They asked me general competency questions, what I knew about the Partnership and why I wanted to be a Partner.

    I was successful at the telephone interview so the next step was the assessment centre. This was with approximately 10-12 other candidates and involved 3 group exercises and a small interview which lasted approximately 20-30 minutes.

    Most difficult question

    Why is working for a Partnership important?

    Interview tips

    Really investigate the company, its structure (particularly the partnership model) and its values.
    The recruitment team stayed with you throughout the process so remember to maintain professionalism at all times.
    Be very aware of the time - wear a watch - everything is timed.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There were 4 parts to the assessment centre.
    1. Interview
    2. Group exercise - decision making n a group of scenarios.
    3. Presentation - regarding store scenarios - making decisions and discussing strategy.
    4. Group exercise - work as teams to achieve goals.

    Interview steps


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


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


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

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