How to Apply
Assessment Centre Advice
Well done! You’re nearly there.
The Assessment Centre is the final stage for all of our programmes, and will be held in our European Corporate Head Office in Watford. It will be tailored to the programme that you’ve applied to. So, while the exercises will be different, the aim of the Assessment Centres is the same: It’s a two-way process that is as much about you deciding if your chosen programme is right for you, as it is us deciding if you’re right for our business.
Regardless of programme, our Assessment Centres typically comprise of a face-to-face interview, group exercises and an individual exercise which assesses your ability to analyse data and present / discuss with our assessors.
All of our Assessment Centres have a job shadow / tour of the department element, which isn’t assessed. This is your chance to find out as much as you can about the business, the programme, the role, the culture and even living in Watford or moving to the UK. So be curious. Our job shadows are typically our current graduates and placement students, who were in your shoes not too long ago. They can share lots with you about their journey with TJX Europe so far.
In most cases we’ll aim to get back to you within one week of attending an Assessment Centre. This will always be over the phone where you will have the opportunity to hear full feedback about your performance across all exercises. Please note that any job offers that we make at this stage will be subject to you being legally entitled to work in the UK at all times during your employment.
Logistics for the day:
We’ll email you the date, time, location and details of your Assessment Centre to help you make the necessary arrangements and prepare for the day.
- Put a note in your diary / calendar.
- Make all necessary travel and accommodation arrangements in good time.
- If you’re no longer able to attend the Assessment Centre, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to re-arrange ASAP. As we recruit on an ongoing basis, please bear in mind that this may mean you miss out on your preferred intake month, if offered a position on your chosen programme. If you’re delayed getting to the Assessment Centre, you can contact the relevant Early Careers contact from 7am (ensure you make a note of their contact number on the email that you receive ahead of the day)
- You will be required to bring documents (usually your Passport) as proof of right to work.
- Before you leave home, read the instructions again to make sure you understand everything
Helpful Tips for Preparing
- Most University Career Services run practice interview sessions, which are a great way to rehearse and receive vital feedback and advice in a supportive environment which will help you build your confidence. Remind yourself of your research TJX / TJX Europe and on the programme. In the interview we’ll want to know about your skills and interests. Be ready to talk about yourself in a wider context. Try to think of a range of different examples rather than referring to the same example for each question.
- Think about what you still want to know about us and the programme and have some questions prepared. This also helps demonstrate your enthusiasm for the programme
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
Helpful Tips for on the Day
- Be yourself. It’s got you this far. Authenticity and integrity is really important to us. Many different types of people do well with us, so relax and let your personality come through. Scripted answers sound false and our interviewers can usually spot them.
- The assessors will want to know why you would like to start your career with us and will want to hear about what you are passionate about.
- Be confident and engaging:
- When you meet or are introduced to anyone, keep the following three things in mind: give a firm handshake, make eye contact, and smile.
- A lot of communication is non-verbal, so think about your body language – especially in group exercises.. In the interview, try to keep your answers succinct and articulate. Avoid waffling, but also avoid single “yes” or “no” answers.
- Breathe. Don’t feel you have to give an immediate answer to a question. It is ok to pause and gather your thoughts before answering the question
- Don’t look for hidden agendas. We’ll give you a clear brief at the beginning of each exercise. We want you to have the best chance to show us what you can do.
- At most of our Assessment Centres we don’t have a pre-determined number of job offers so don’t assume you’re in competition with other candidates
- Give the day your all and don’t worry if an exercise hasn’t gone well. You will have other opportunities throughout the day to demonstrate your capability and passion for the programme and the business. A decision is not made by one person or on the basis of one exercise.
- Get involved in all the exercises. We can only assess your contribution and record what you say, not what you may have been thinking.
- Keep to time limits
- You may find the Assessment Centre tiring. But remember that we are looking for consistency of performance during the entire event. Try to keep your energy levels and enthusiasm high throughout.
- If we make you an offer, it’s because we think you’re right for our business and we see great potential in you. We want you to enjoy a long term career with us. Hopefully this goes without saying – take this opportunity to ask all of the questions you have to make sure we are the right place for you, too.