How to apply to retail apprenticeships and jobs
Each retailer has its own way of recruiting, but there are some similarities.
Stage one: the pre-screening test
Before you apply for an apprenticeship, retailers will usually expect you to undertake a pre-screening test. You will not be assessed on this – it is aimed at helping you to decide whether a job in retail is right for you. It takes the form of an online slideshow that asks you to think about what you’d do in certain situations. If you complete the test and are still keen, that’s the right time to apply.
Stage two: a formal application process
The typical application process involves these stages:
- completing an application form, which usually includes filling in your personal and education details and potentially answering some application questions or uploading a CV
- completing online ability/aptitude tests.
Stage three: retail interviews and assessment days
The number of interviews you are invited to will vary according to the retailer, but you will usually be asked to complete:
- a first-round interview, usually via telephone or video
- an assessment day or
- a store visit or ‘on-job evaluation’ day.
Retailers have different apprenticeship application deadlines – some are open throughout the year, with vacancies advertised as they arise. You will need to investigate individual retailers to see when they invite applications as deadlines vary from employer to employer.