Careers at Wesfarmers
Wesfarmers offers undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to join via a two-year graduate program. Its recruitment process is reviewed annually but is generally a five-stage process.
As with many graduate employers, the Wesfarmers recruitment process includes psychometric tests.
The Wesfarmers graduate program aims to develop graduates into future leaders: those who can take the organisation forward, whether in a division or the corporate office. Each program provides graduates with the opportunity to learn first-hand about their chosen area of work.
Graduate careers at Wesfarmers are varied. Opportunities are available in various divisional areas such as Wesfarmers Industrial Safety and Wesfarmers Chemical, Energy, and Fertilisers.
Graduate careers at Wesfarmers also include roles within their corporate office, such as:
Business development (graduate analyst roles)
It is worth noting that Wesfarmers is a diverse business with many brands, and careers are also offered within these other brands through their own graduate programs. For example, Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers offers a 12-week work placement program.
Wesfarmers Application Process
Online Application Form
General Ability Tests
Wesfarmers reviews its recruitment process each year, which can vary according to the business applied to. Applications for positions are only open during a specific time each year, and upon application, candidates are given full details of the recruitment process for their preferred position.
Graduate applications usually close at the end of March for entry the following January. When applying to Wesfarmers vacation program or graduate roles, it is advisable to find out when the application window closes, so you don’t miss the application deadline.
To be considered for the graduate position, applicants need the absolute right to live and work in Australia.
The entry requirements depend upon the role applied to. A relevant degree may be required if applying to certain business areas, such as in Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers.
The time from online application to offer can also vary by business area, varying from two weeks up to two months.
Wesfarmers online application form
Applications are made through the dedicated online application site, and application requirements differ according to the Wesfarmers business applied to. For example, business development graduate analyst roles require a covering letter (that needs to include an applicant’s answer to a strategic question set), plus a CV and academic transcript.
Wesfarmers telephone interview
The content of the telephone screening interview will vary again by area applied to. The sort of questions asked relate to why a candidate has applied to the role and what they know about Wesfarmers.
If the application is for a specialised position, questions may be asked around keeping up to date with their knowledge in this area. This telephone interview typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes.
Wesfarmers Aptitude Tests
Wesfarmers numerical reasoning test
Numerical reasoning tests form part of the general ability tests at the assessment centre. A numerical test assesses a candidate’s ability to look at numerical information presented as graphs, tables, or charts, and understand what this information is portraying.
Questions are then asked on this information, multiple-choice answers given, and the candidate selects the answer they believe to be correct.
When notified that the next stage of the process includes a numerical test, it is advisable to ensure that you practice some numerical tests and refresh your memory on basic math principles such as fractions and ratios.
Wesfarmers verbal reasoning test
Verbal reasoning tests are included as part of the general ability tests at Wesfarmers. These questions assess a candidate’s ability to read a passage of information, analyse and synthesise it, then answer questions on the text.
Answers are provided as multiple-choice, and candidates select the answer they believe to be correct. As with all verbal reasoning tests, practicing before attending the test will mean that you are familiar with the format and the style of questions when it comes to taking the test itself.