Matalan Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Trainee Assistant Merchandiser

    4.0/5 | Interview date: March 2014 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Retail

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The competency based interview included questions on the role- what do you understand about merchandising? how good are you with excel? Alongside more general questions like what makes a good team?
    There were two interviewers (both from the merchandiser section at Matalan) and the interview was informal with an option to ask questions at the end.

    Most difficult question

    When have you to explain something complex top people? give and example of a time you have received bad service?

    Interview tips

    Practice as much for the competency based interview as you do for the presentation, as you need to pass all elements of the assessment to be offered a job. Bring a hand out for the presentation as well.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The assessment Centre had 3 stages- first was a 10 minute Presentation in front of two interviewers (both from the merchandiser section at Matalan) on how a Merchandiser can help Matalan, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. Next was the Competency based interview for about 20 minutes. Last was the group exercise were you work in a team to decide who to save in a theoretical cave in.

    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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