TJX Europe Ltd - TK Maxx - Merchandising & Buying European Graduate Programme Interview Questions & Answers
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TK Maxx - Merchandising & Buying European Graduate Programme
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Interview processThe first interview was a one way interview by Hirevue, where questions popped up on screen, you would get 30 seconds to prepare your answer and then give a three minute answer which was recorded.
Questions included things like "How does off price merchandising and buying differ from full price merchandising/buying?", "What is your understanding of the off-price business model?", "which of our stores have you visited recently and how do you think we allocate products to different stores?".
I was then invited to the assessment centre, where I had a one-on-one interview with one of the merchandisers that lasted around 40 minutes, where the questions included "Why have you applied to TKMaxx and the particular graduate scheme?" and then several situational judgement questions of the type "Describe a time you failed at something?", "Describe a time you took a risk and what the outcome was", "Describe a time you worked well in a team".
It was all very friendly, but it could be difficult to come up with good examples for some of the situational judgement questions.
Most difficult questionDescribe a time where you disagreed with how things were run/done?
How do you think off price merchandising compares to full price?
Interview tipsBe well read, both about the company and the off price business model and how it differs from other companies. Be curious and personable.
Think about the presentation you will hold beforehand - you will only have the evening to prepare it, so it's good, even though you won't know the topic until the same day, to think of ways to make your presentation stand out in terms of structure and presentation .
Experiences at the assessment centreAt the assessment centre I had one interview, then a data analysis exercise which was about allocating stock to particular stores based on data about each store, then I held a presentation for one of the assessors, which I had gotten the chance to prepare the night before, then we had two group exercises, one about discussing the data analysis exercise that we had done individually at first and the second was about picking out two products that would be commercially viable in a TKMaxx store. We also got to shadow a current allocation analyst.
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group excercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions
There are 3 stages pre-assessment centre: 1. Online application form, including competency question
First was a phone interview which was questions about work experience and why I wanted the job. Then
The initial phone interview lasted around 40 minutes, including time at the end for me to ask questi
1. Submit your CV and answer additional questions on Morrison's website 2. Invited to complete situ
After completing the online application, I received a letter inviting me to attend a group interview
The competency based interview included questions on the role- what do you understand about merchand
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