Established in 1849, Boots grew gradually to become the UK’s most prominent pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. It runs now around 2,500 shops in the UK and remains one of the most sought after graduate-employers in the country. To become part of the Boots story, applicants can choose from a range of exciting, and innovative Graduate Programmes in the following sectors : Finance, Digital, Commercial, Supply, Software, HR and Global.
Below you can learn about Boots Graduate Schemes, along with details on the application process and the various steps involved.
Boots Application Process
There are 3 steps in the Boots Application Process:
Step 1: Online Application
Step 2: Psychometric Tests
- Numerical Reasoning Test
- Situational Judgement Test
- Personality Test
Step 3: Assessment Centre
Boots Psychometric Tests
Psychometric tests are a key component of Boots Application Process. Depending on the Graduate Program’s route you are pursuing, you will be asked to take : Numerical Reasoning Test, Situational Judgement Test, Personality Test. These tests are aiming at verifying your logical thinking capacity, as well as desired calculating skills.
Details on the Boots Psychometric Tests can be found below:
Boots Numerical Reasoning Test
Boots Numerical Test is a multiple – choice tests assessing your ability to evaluate, analyse, and interpret numerical information that will be provided to you in charts, graphs, and tables. You will have limited time to find a correct answer, so all the calculations like percentages, ratios, and basic arithmetic should be executed quickly and accurately.
Built on maths reasoning questions, these tests are often written in the context of everyday business activities to check candidate’s ability to work with numerical information.
We know that you can do it, but If you really want to master the Boots Online Numerical Test – it can be easily learned through our online tests and video tutorials available on the website.
Boots Situational Judgement Test
Boots Situational Judgement Test is a set of questions assessing how you might react to hypothetical events and situations that might be encountered in the Boots workplace environment. Based on your answers to these questions it will be verified how aligned you are with Boots values and behaviours. So do your research and try to memorise them by heart (might come in handy in the future!).
Whilst Situational Judgement Tests vary in form, usually, candidates are presented with a number of descriptions to which they are obliged to provide an appropriate response from a multiple choice list. So, upon taking the test try to be as sensible as you can and use the full capacity of your emotional intelligence.
These tests concentrate on your ‘ people skills’ so, good communication and networking abilities should earn you a few points. However, their quite straightforward and simplistic formula can be misleading.
Some questions in the Situational Judgement Test are there to trick you. The catch is in the high probability of any of the presented answers. So although it is recommended to think in accordance with the promoted values outlined in the company’s profile, in order to really ace your performance you might want to work on your situational- judgment muscles while taking the practice version of Situational Judgment Tests.
Boots Personality Test
There are many factors that could determine who would be successful in a given role or a position. Strong intellectual abilities, years of experience, and outstanding numerical skills are just some of them, but on many occasions, your job performance would be saturated and influence by whatever motivates your actions, and what do you believe is important in your life. In short, this is what we call – personality.
The structure of Boots Personality Tests will differ depending, on what traits are recognized as successful in a given role. Upon sitting this exam is important to approach the questions with the company’s culture and a specific outline of features needed for the Graduate Programme you are applying for. However, it is also necessary to be honest with yourself, as a certain degree of consistency to your answers is required. To check what sort of personality are you – try taking one of the practice tests.
Boots Assessment Centre
Congratulations, you made it to the last level! If you are successful on previous stages you will be invited for a half-day Boots Assessment Centre. It usually is a mix of individual and group activities. The exercises will differ depending on the job position you are applying for, but make sure you are prepared for both scenarios.
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 center 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.
Interview – this will be a typical face- to – face interview validating your skills and detecting strengths necessary for the job and will be assessed by the key – member of the relevant business area.
Group Work – these exercises will vary, but in general what the assessors are looking for is – a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might want everyone in the room to see your outstanding leadership skills, but try to approach the exercise rather like a test for your collaborative and teamwork abilities than an assessment of a directorship. The recurring way of verifying these skills is a group discussion on a divisive nature of the disputed subject or a scenario of hypothetical difficulties the company is facing.
Case Study – Complementary to the strength- based interview you might be asked to embark on a role play during which you will have to pretend you have already been employed in the Boots company. It doesn’t have to be an Oscar performance since the exercise is more about your behavior, field knowledge and the way you handle certain scenarios. This will be a simulation of a problem encountered by the company to which you need to find a solution, so strong acting skills are not necessary but reasonable knowledge of the company is a must.