TJX Europe Ltd - Tk Maxx - Merchandising & Buying Graduate Programme, Watford Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Tk Maxx - Merchandising & Buying Graduate Programme, Watford

    4.7143/5 | Interview date: January 2018 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Buying & Merchandising

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The first couple of stages included a mixed numerical and verbal test, and through success in this led onto a one way video interview which was very nerve racking as you are given 30 seconds to prepare for each question then 3 minutes to present your answer. After this stage I was invited to the Assessment centre at Head Office in Watford. The individual interview at the assessment centre was very friendly and the assessors made you feel very comfort able and not under pressure at all. It was competency based but also included questions testing on your knowledge of TJX.

    Most difficult question

    Describe a time where you veer away from the status quo.

    Interview tips

    Be prepared to give a professional presentation in a laid back environment in order to not come across in too much of a casual sense. Do your research into the company before attending.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We were split into two groups of 6 but the only time we used these groups was in the group exercises, all the other stages were on an individual basis.The assessment day included an interview with two assesors, one from buying, one merchandising; a previously prepared presentation on stores and trends again to two assessors; an individual data analysis exercise;a group discussion exercise and job shadowing of someone who is currently on the graduate scheme. Over the day was very beneficially to get an idea of the type of company you would be working in and the head office environment. The environment here was very laid back and they made you feel very comfortable in each stage of the process. I was very impressed at the organisation of the day but also the work ethics among all employees I came across.

    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? 5/5
    • 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? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
  • Tk Maxx - Merchandising & Buying Graduate Programme, Watford

    4.2857/5 | Interview date: August 2017 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Marketing

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After online tests the initial interview was a 30 minute recorded video interview which was conducted one way. There were 10 questions and each question shown on screen we would have 1 minute to think about the answer and it would start recording for 2/3 minutes. After it stopped it would go straight to the next one until all 3 questions were answered.
    I passed the interview and was then invited to the assessment centre at their head office.

    Most difficult question

    The interview was competency based so most questions were expected. However some questions which I hadn't prepared for were ones like "Describe some TK Maxx stores you visited and tell us how they differed from each other". Because it was a merchandising and buying graduate scheme the question didn't come out of the blue but before the interview, we were advised to visit a store. Luckily I visited the store in Central London but had also previously visited one at The Bullring in Birmingham so was able to describe how a South East and Midlands store differed in their stock.

    Interview tips

    If you are applying for a Buying and Merchandising role, always think what the implications are. For TK Maxx, it's important that they buy for local customers. This means it's useful to have an idea from the consumers point of view why store are different in the stock sell, depending on location. That's why it's a good idea to visit stores in different locations before an interview.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    There were about 6 candidates, group interview style and activities were based choosing items to stock in the TK Maxx stores. The first one was selling a product, we chose a product from the table and had to rate the product on whether it would be suitable to sell in store. We presented to the rest of our team and a panel of 4 interviewers and discussed among ourselves if we agreed with each others ratings.

    However, what made the exercises difficult was that we were assessed as a group and how we interacted with each other, as opposed to our own isolated performances. Each of us had the chance to present our own opinions and reasoning behind our decisions but the interviews were always asking each of us if we agreed with what our team mates were saying. This makes it a bit harder than an individual interviewer because candidates need to feel and speak with confidence because they can be influenced by what other candidates are saying.

    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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