TJX Europe Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Buying and Merchandising Graduate Scheme

    2.4286/5 | Interview date: June 2019 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Buying & Merchandising

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    There were four stages to the recruitment process and it took 8 months till I got the job offer. At first I applied online of the company's website and sent my CV and answered online questions at the beginning of November. Then it wasn't until February I heard back and was given three days to complete a number of online tests. Two days after completing the tests I got an email I passed this stage and as completed to complete a video interview within 4 days in February and then didn't heard back till mid-April when I was informed by email the places in the grad scheme have been filled but I will be invited to attend an assessment centre in September for the 2020 intake. At the beginning of June I got a phone call from HR asking if I can attend assessment centre in four days time (the train tickets were paid for).

    The video interview was HireVue interview comprised of a couple of questions that were written and read out from the screen then a 30 seconds for preparation followed by automatic recording of the answer.

    Most difficult question

    Video Interview: Describe the daily task of an allocator analyst?

    Face-to-face interview: What is is that our stores are lacking? What do you want to get out of this programme?

    Interview tips

    Just be relaxed. They are looking to show your personality through. I didn't wear smart and toned work clothes and said some things that I thought they wouldn't like but got a job offer in the end. They want to see that you understand the company and the customer but that you aren't afraid to be yourself and voice your oppinions.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    I attended the assessment centre in Watford which started of with a data analysis exercise on stock allocation (we had 20 mins to complete the task) then it was followed by two-on-one competency and business knowledge interview (tell me about the time..; who are TJX's biggest competitors? etc.). Then we had a group exercise where we were told we are 8 survivors on a deserted island and the lifeboat is coming but there are only three places on the lifeboat. We had to draw a character description and then get into the role and convince others that we are the one who need to be on the lifeboat yet we had to come to a consensus within the time limit. The group exercise was then followed by questions on how we feel we collaborated and who do we think was the group leader in the scenario. After lunch we were given back our data sheets from the data exercise and went into another two-on-one interview and asked to talk the interviewers through our approach and reasoning. This was followed by questions based on what my reasoning was and I was asked whether I wished I had any other data that would help me make a more informed decision and what information do I think is the most important on the sheet. After the data analysis we finished with a group buying exercise where we had to asses 5 t-shirts based in TJX's buying equation. This was again followed by group question on teamwork and our choices.

    The assessment centre was intense and lasted all day but the time went quick.

    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

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    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 2/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 2/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 2/5

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