What should I expect at interview?

It all depends on which area of the business you’d like to join. But here’s the general rule of thumb for different types of roles:

  • Retail and Service Centre roles: This is normally just one interview with the Hiring Manager and another assessor. Occasionally, you might be asked to come to an Assessment Centre too – this depends on how many candidates we have.
  • Retail Management roles: We usually use Assessment Centres, when we have the right number of candidates. If there aren’t enough at that time, we still use the same assessment techniques – just not in a group setting.
  • Head Office roles: We use a mix of different assessment techniques, depending on the type of role. Typically though, it’ll include a competency interview, followed by some technical questions. We might also ask you to prepare a presentation.
  • Executive roles: This may include a leadership assessment with our HR team. Most executive appointments also need to be approved by a member of the Board to ensure you’re the right fit for our Leadership team.

Any hints on my online application and CV?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work at Wilko, apply to join us. And because we don’t want a silly mistake on your application form to spoil your chances, we’ve pulled together a brief guide covering the sort of things we’re looking for and the best way of presenting yourself. After all, this is your chance to make sure you dazzle us!

Your first chance to impress us is through your online application form. So, please check for:

  • Accuracy – double and triple check for any spelling mistakes or sloppy typing. This is our first impression of you, so make it a good one.
  • Be methodical and thorough in your answers.
  • Try to complete all the factual requirements but give us a sense of your personality too.
  • Make sure that your skills and experience relate closely to the requirements of the role you’re applying for. Make us believe that you’re perfectly suited to the job.
  • Keep your information simple, clear and concise. Make your point and make it well, you can always add more detail at interview.
  • Tell us why you want to work for Wilko. We want you to love working here as much as we do.

How should I prepare for my interview?

If we invite you to an interview, then this is your real chance to impress us. And it’s also where the old saying ‘failure to prepare is preparing to fail’ comes into its own. So, you should:

  • Do your research. After all, if you want to work for Wilko, then it’s only natural that you should know something about us.
  • Understand what our values are. They’re at the very heart of our business and our people. They’ll need to resonate with you too.
  • Be on time. Plan your route and leave plenty of time to get there.
  • Be yourself, show your personality, try to relax and be as natural as you can. Impress us by being yourself.
  • Read the job description inside out and completely understand it.
  • Be able to give examples of when you’ve proven you have a certain skill set or requirement mentioned in the job description.
  • Prepare some questions of your own to ask about your future with Wilko.

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