Careers at Hermès
Hermes is a French luxury design house that was established back in 1837, when the Hermes family were making and selling leather harnesses for carriages.
Since then, the business has grown to be one of the most influential fashion houses in the world, with rages covering clothing, leather goods and accessories, and even homewares - and the careers at Hermes are just as varied.
Still an independent and family owned business, Hermes now has 17,500 people employed globally, with 300 stores in 45 countries. Retail roles are popular, but they also have careers in:
- Creation and Collection
- Real Estate
- Sales Development and Retail Support
The Hermes career path is built around the individual, and their internship is a popular choice for undergraduates who are looking for a way to work in the fashion industry, whether that is in creating new ideas or developing their sales skills.
Generation H is the name of the internship program, and it is available in almost every major office location around the world.
A competitive salary, discounts on Hermes products, and a tailored career development program are just some of the reasons why working for Hermes is a popular choice - and that is why the application process can become quite competitive.
Hermès Application Process
All the available roles at Hermes are posted on their careers page which you can apply online for.
To get started with your application, you need to create an account and upload a current copy of your resume, fill out some personal and contact details, and also answer questions about your education, qualifications and experience. You will also need to include a cover letter.
All this takes place online, and much of the application form is in French - so if your language skills aren’t up to scratch, make sure that you turn on your browser’s translation function so you know what you need to do on the application form.
In some cases, you might be asked to provide a short video. This is just a brief introduction to yourself, and it is a chance for you to impress the recruiters because you will need to say what attracted you to the role and why you are excited to be working for Hermes. A bit of research about the company, and relevant news reports, and a good idea of the person that they are looking for will help you here.
Hermes Aptitude Tests
If you are selected after the initial application screening, you might be asked to complete an online assessment. This is usually delivered via email and needs to be completed at home in your own time.
PI Cognitive Assessment
Hermes uses the PI Cognitive Assessment, which is sometimes referred to as the PLI assessment.
This is a test of your cognitive abilities and your reasoning skills, and the content of the test is based on three different types of reasoning questions:
Verbal reasoning test
For the verbal reasoning test questions you will be asked to compare allegories, read a passage of text and draw conclusions about it. You will need to be able to recognise antonyms and synonyms and identify inferences about the text passages you’ve read.
Numerical reasoning test
For numerical reasoning questions you will need to demonstrate your numeracy and ability to solve problems using basic mathematical principles. The questions will include word problems and you’ll need to be able to find the missing item in a number series.
Logical reasoning test
Logical Reasoning questions will be presented as matrices containing shapes in some sort of pattern or sequence, and you will have to use deductive reasoning and spatial awareness to decide what the pattern is, and then apply it to the multiple choice options to find the next in the sequence.
This is a challenging test because you will have just 12 minutes to answer 50 questions - and your score will determine if you are taken further in the recruitment process. Scores on the PI test are scaled on a range between 100-450.