John Lewis Partners ( formerly John Lewis ) is an upmarket department store brand operating throughout the UK, with locations in the Republic of Ireland and Australia as well. The brand sells general merchandise as part of an employee-owned joint venture known as the John Lewis Partnership, the largest co-operative in the United Kingdom. It was founded by Spedan Lewis, son of the founder, John Lewis, in 1929. Since 1925, the chain has promised that it would "never be knowingly undervalued" - at least it would always match the lower price offered by a national competitor on the high street.
The first John Lewis shop opened in 1864 on Oxford Street in London and there are now 42 shops across the UK. The first John Lewis concession in the Republic of Ireland opened at the Dublin Arnotts shop in October 2016. The first John Lewis concession in Australia opened in 2016.
One of the first stages of the recruitment process is filling in the application form on John Lewis & Partners Careers website.
The applicant is required to provide information about work experience, education, skills and other necessary details.
There may be questions both about job preferences (e.g. desired type of employment, country and city of residence) and more personal questions (e.g. race and ethnicity, religion, disability)
The next stage of the John Lewis & Partners recruitment process is an online assessment. The candidate will be sent an email invitation to complete John Lewis & Partners tests.
John Lewis & Partners uses different types of recruitment tests to assess candidates and their suitability for the position they are applying for.
Candidates are most often asked to complete the following tests:
Numerical reasoning tests are standardised psychometric assessment tools that help John Lewis & Partners determine a candidate's ability to work with numbers and graphs, make good decisions and draw conclusions based on numerical or statistical data. The tests simulate the work environment and goals of a prospective employee. Try our Free sample Numerical reasoning test.
Verbal reasoning tests allow John Lewis & Partners to determine a candidate's ability to perceive and analyse verbal information and to draw conclusions. Free sample Verbal tests are available to practice here and here.
Logical (inc. Diagrammatic and Inductive ) reasoning tests are designed to assess the candidate's ability to work with abstract information. John Lewis & Partners Logical assessment may consist of special diagrams, geometric shapes and other lined-up images, where a candidate has to continue the row in a logically correct way. Here you can practice a Free sample Logical test, a Free sample Diagrammatic test, and a Free sample Inductive test.
Situational judgement tests consist of short simulated scenarios that define a working style and assess specific tasks in a working environment. John Lewis & Partners Situational tests are used to assess applicants' competencies, communication skills, motivation, and preferred styles of problem-solving. Try our Free sample Situational judgement test before taking the real one.
Mechanical reasoning tests are designed to assess candidates' critical and abstract thinking skills important for engineering and science-related positions at John Lewis & Partners. Free sample Mechanical test.
Successful candidates are invited for a 15-20 min. phone call.
Soft skills are usually assessed during this call by the John Lewis & Partners recruiter.
In some cases, John Lewis & Partners hiring manager may invite you for a video interview (most commonly conducted with HireVue.) For software engineering positions, candidates may be asked to complete a coding challenge (problems on algorithms + take-home challenges.)
Successful candidates are invited to visit the nearest John Lewis & Partners headquarters or office.
Candidates will have a chance to personally meet the hiring manager, team leaders and seniors during the assessment day.
John Lewis & Partners may organise a group exercise with candidates as part of the hiring procedure.
The final stage of the recruitment process.
The candidate will have a chance to meet the hiring manager, department director and/or division lead.
Normally, there is no assessment at this stage.
Candidates are mostly expected to demonstrate soft skills and a desire to join John Lewis & Partners.
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