Careers at Boots
Boots offers graduate programmes in the following sectors: Finance, Digital, Commercial, Supply, Software, HR, and Global. Competition for roles is high.
Benefits for Boots employees include discounts on numerous products and services (including childcare, health insurance, electronics, sports and fitness amenities, and travel arrangements). Employees are also offered bonus and pension schemes, as well as confidential employee assistance programmes through the Positive People Company (PPC).
Boots is part of the Stepping Stones professional development programme, which gives employees access to tailored training modules.
Boots Application Process
To apply for a role at Boots, or to enrol onto one of its graduate schemes, you must be prepared to undertake a multi-step application process.
Your initial application will involve sending your name, contact details and CV, as well as answers to a number of qualifying questions. After this has been submitted, you will move onto the next stage – a series of three qualifying tests.
These tests are completed online via a link that will be sent to your email address. They comprise a general cognitive ability test, graduate scenarios and a personality test.
Should you pass these, you’ll move onto the final stage: an assessment centre.
The online application asks for some of your personal and contact details, and some initial questions to check that you match the minimum requirements for the role. It will also give you an opportunity to upload both your CV and a relevant cover letter.
To progress, you will need to be clear on Boots’ company values and also pay attention to how you can craft your answers and CV to fit the role or scheme.
Most importantly, check your application thoroughly before sending it, as you risk an unprocessed application if any details provided are incorrect or inaccurate.
Boots Aptitude Tests
Once Boots is satisfied that you have fulfilled the minimum requirements, you will be invited to take some online assessments.
Depending on exactly what you have applied for, the tests will vary slightly. Some of the assessments are timed, so it’s important that you practice these tests beforehand to become accustomed to the timed conditions.
Boots general cognitive ability test
The cognitive ability test evaluates your numerical, problem-solving and critical reasoning capabilities.
As well as being tested on these individual skills, you will have to shift between different subjects. This can be quite challenging at first, so it’s a good idea to practice this kind of mixed assessment beforehand.
You will also be undertaking this assessment where you choose under timed conditions, so make sure that before sitting the test you have everything you need to hand and that you have minimised noise and distractions.
Boots graduate scenarios test
This assessment (which is part of the graduate scheme application process) is designed to assess your capability at dealing with different workplace scenarios, and is similar to a situational judgement test. These will typically be based around your competencies in problem-solving, decision-making and communication.
This part of the assessment is not timed, and you will be given a choice of four different possible answers.
Boots personality test
The personality test provides Boots with some insight into how you might fit into its company culture as a team member.This part of the assessment is not timed, and answers will be arranged on a sliding scale between ‘Most True’ and ‘Least True’.