ASDA is the UK ‘s largest and one of the most recognizable retailers with over 600 stores in the country. Their Graduate Scheme is a 2,5 years intensive graduate programme during which successful applicants gain exposure to the highest levels of corporate decision making and are challenged with a variety of tasks helping them to become future leaders in the retail industry.
After completing six-month immersion on the shop floor you could steer your career towards Retail or Commercial/ Operations branch, depending on the interest you will develop during your time at ASDA.
ASDA Application Process
There are 4 stages to the ASDA Application Process:
Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Situational Judgement Test
Stage 3: Virtual Interview
Stage 4: Assessment Centre
- Group Exercise
- Case – Scenario/ Role Play
ASDA Psychometric Tests
Psychometric tests are a key component of ASDA Application Process. Candidate applying for the ASDA Graduate Programmes are typically required to take Situational Judgement Tests that comprise 100 % of the second stage of the ASDA application. Details on the process can be found below.
ASDA Online Situational Judgement Test
The ASDA Situational Judgment Tests also is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations taking place in the ASDA workplace. Theses tests are both checking your suitability and at the same time disclosing to you what it means to be a part of the team at ASDA.
ASDA Situational Judgement Test will be a litmus test for your values, assessing if they match with the company’s culture. So do you research and try to memorized the company’s credo by heart ( might come in handy in the future!)
This test will also concentrate on your ‘ people skills’ so, good communication and networking abilities should earn you a few points. Whilst Situational Judgement Tests vary in form, usually, you will be presented with a number of descriptions to which you are obliged to provide an appropriate response from a multiple choice list. So, try to be as sensible as you can and use the full capacity of your emotional intelligence.
However, the catch in any Situational Judgment Test is the high probability of any of the presented answers. We recommend you to think in accordance with the promoted values outlined in the company’s profile, but to really ace it you might want to train your situational- judgment muscles and take one of the mocking Situational Judgment Tests.
ASDA Virtual Interview
If you are invited to the ASDA Virtual Interview you will be provided with an access to a platform for an arranged online interview.
Stating the obvious, you will need a PC equipped with a front-facing webcam, microphone, and good Internet connection. Although it might be tempting to wear casual clothes, stick to the formal dress code you would wear for a normal interview. Be professional – consider choosing a quiet environment to avoid any background noise and in a brightly lit room, so the interviewers could recognise you. If you are intimidated by the camera, you can always practice your answers beforehand. It will be a classical evaluative conversation aimed at detecting your skills and strengths necessary for the business area you have chosen.
ASDA Assessment Centre
Congratulations, you made it to the last level! The ASDA Assessment Centres are usually a mix of individual and group activities. It will be a very interactive day to help you get to know how it is to be a part of ASDA team. The exercises will differ depending on the job position you are applying for, but it is recommended to be well prepared for both scenarios in order to truly stand out from the crowd.
Presentation – This stage could take two forms. You might be given a topic to research and prepare your presentation beforehand, or you will be supplied with materials during the actual assessment centre and have limited time to prepare. Anyhow, it is important that you practice your presentation skills. If you are not a born speaker and feel like you could use a little bit more advice, you can check the Assessment Centre Guide, for more useful tips.
Group Exercise – this exercise usually aim at testing how you conduct yourself in a group setting, and if you are able to co-operate to achieve an assigned task. The general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might be a great leader, but approach the group exercise as a test of your collaboration and teamwork skills rather than a show of directorship.