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Explore Retail Employers

Follow the links in the table below to learn more about the application and selection process of some known employers.

Aldi Amazon Arcadia Asda Boots
B&Q Debenhams Harrods Ikea John Lewis
Lidl Marks & Spencer Next Sainsbury's TK Maxx


More Retail Employer Preparation
...instore 99p Stores A.F. Blakemore
Alan Minshaw Alliance Healthcare AO World
Argos (retailer) Asda ATS Euromaster
ATTRAQT B & M Bakers Oven
Bargain Booze Beate Uhse AG Beecroft's Toys
Bensons for Beds Betterware Birthdays (retailer)
Blacks Outdoor Retail Blue Inc Bluebella
Blur Group Booker Group Booths
Boxclever Boxfresh Brantano UK
BrightHouse (retailer) Budgens Bunches Florapost
Burton (retailer) Card Factory Cards Galore
Carpetright Carphone Warehouse Cash Converters
Cash Generator Cavendish House CeX (company)
Clintons Comet Group Condor Cycles
Cook Trading Costcutter Cotswold Outdoor
Currys Cyberdog (shop) Cycle Surgery
Darling London Dawn Til Dusk Derann
Dixons Carphone Do It All Domino's Pizza Group
Dorothy Perkins DREAMdirect Group Ducker & Son
Dunelm Group Early Learning Centre Entertainment UK
Ethel Austin Evans (retailer) Evans Cycles
Experiential gifts F. Hinds Famous Army Stores
Farmfoods Fattorini and Sons Fenchurch (clothing)
Filco Foods Findel plc Flannels (retail)
Floors-2-Go Game (retailer) Gamestation
Gamleys Granville Technology Group Greggs
H&M Halfords Hamleys
Hawkin's Bazaar Head Entertainment Head Records
Heron Foods HMV Hobbycraft
Home Bargains Home Retail Group HomeSense
House of Fraser Iceland (supermarket) Impulse (retailer)
Index (retailer) JD Sports Jessops
Kaleidoscope (retailer) Kendall & Sons King and McGaw
Kleeneze L&F Jones Lakeland (company)
Lavells Newsagents Ltd Lillywhites Londis (United Kingdom)
Lush (company) Lux Fix M and M Direct
M&Co. Mace (store) Majestic Wine
Mamas & Papas Maplin Electronics Matalan
Mates by Irvine Sellars McColl's Mecox
Millie's Cookies Miss Selfridge Modelzone
Montagne Jeunesse Morrisons Mothercare
Mountain Warehouse My Nametags N Brown Group
Nails Inc. Neal's Yard Remedies Nevisport
New Look (company) Nisa (retailer) Numark (pharmacy)
Office Holdings Office World OKA Direct
Oxfam shop Paperchase Past Times
PC World (retailer) Peacocks (clothing) Pep&Co
Percy Ingle Persil Service Pets at Home
Picture Proud Planet Organic Post Office Ltd
Poundland Poundstretcher Premier Stores
Pulse and Cocktails QD stores Quality Save
Red Letter Days Republic (retailer) Ripspeed
Rox Jewellers (retailer) RS McColl Rundell and Bridge
Ryman Sam Goody Sayers (bakery)
Scotts of Stow Scribbler (card shop) See Tickets
Selfridges Semichem Shepherd & Woodward
Shop Direct Sigma Sport (retailer) Snappy Snaps
Sofa.com Space.NK Specsavers
Sports Division Stollers Store Twenty One
Storehouse plc Sweatshop (retailer) T. J. Hughes
Tesco The Body Shop The Chaucer Head Bookshop
The Entertainer (retailer) The Idle Man The Jolly Giant
The Laden Showroom The Original Factory Shop The Range (retailer)
The Ticket Factory The Whisky Barrel The Works (retailer)
Timpson (retailer) TJ Morris Tootsa MacGinty
Topman Topps Tiles Topshop
Toye, Kenning & Spencer Toymaster Ugo (retailer)
Vie at Home Virgin Megastores Vision Express
W Boyes & Co Waterstones Whole Foods Market
WHSmith Wilko (retailer) Wing Yip
Wyevale Garden Centres Yorkshire Trading Company Other Retailer

What Is the Application Process for Jobs in the Retail Industry?

1. Online application: Detail your relevant work history and educational background. If you are applying for a graduate scheme, you will need to answer competency-based questions such as 'How does this company compare with its competitors?'. For more interview questions, see the section below on interviews.

2. Assessments: Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be sent a link to aptitude tests. These may be any of the following tests:

  • A personality test: Suitability for a role in terms of attitudes and behaviours is one the predictors of success and longevity in that role. To that end, employers use personality tests to assess whether candidates are appropriate for a given job. You may assume that since personality tests evaluate attitudes and behaviours, not knowledge, that you cannot prepare for them. This could not be further from the truth! It is helpful to understand what employers are looking for in terms of their employees' personalities before you complete a personality test. Although you should be honest when answering questions on a personality test, you should also know how to present yourself in the best light.
  • A numerical test: This test measures your ability to interpret and use data in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • A verbal test: This test evaluates your ability to comprehend written material. You will need to analyse a written passage and answer true/false questions about the material.
  • A situational judgment test: You will be presented with a scenario or problem and a number of possible actions. You must choose the action that is most appropriate. This test is used commonly for managerial or customer service roles.

3. Video interview: This is a short interview in which you must answer a number of pre-set questions in a video recording. Remember to dress appropriately for this interview, and to speak clearly and slowly. You should record your answers in a quiet space where you will not be distracted or interrupted. 

4. Assessment centre: The assessment centre is a day-long evaluation during which you are evaluated in a number of different ways.      At the assessment centre you will be faced with any of the following challenges:

  • Additional psychometric tests: These tests are administered in order to verify the results that you obtained in the tests that you completed at home.
  • A group exercise: Since you will likely be working in a team or with customers, employers want to verify that you have teamwork skills, that you are able to cooperate well with others, and that you are not overly shy.
  • A case study interview: In this exercise, you will be presented with various situations and you will need to devise a plan of action for each one. For every decision that you make, you will explain your rationale to your interviewer.
  • A brand interview: You will discuss with hiring managers which brand you feel best suited to work on. You need to research the company's brands ahead of time and make a case for which brand you prefer. This is your opportunity to display your knowledge of the company.

What Questions Will I Be Asked at My Retail Interview?

While the exact questions may differ based on the position and company, you should prepare answers to the following questions for your retail interview.

  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • Tell me about your retail experience.
  • How do you contribute to a group or team?
  • What makes you trustworthy?
  • Tell me about a time that you had to deal with a difficult customer.
  • What do you do when you have a conflict with a coworker?


What Are Positions I Can Apply for in Retail?

These are some of the most popular positions at retail companies:

  • Customer Assistant
  • Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Human Resources Representative
  • Franchisee