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So this Friday I have an interview with John Lewis, a group assessment, for the position of Xmas temp

All other posts seem to be very old so I just thought I'd start an updated threat incase it has changed in anyway.

My questions are: what do you actually do and do you have any tips or tricks to help me? This is my first ever interview and I'm very nervous.
What should I wear? I know I should be formal and which I have a white button up shirt would it be suitable to wear just that with black jeans? I don't have a black blazer. I do have my old school trousers but they're more form fitting than the expected loose, bootcut trousers. I also do not have a black blazer.

Also, I'm pretty confused about what I have to take with me. The document I received with the email is a bit confusing. Is it just one item from either list or ALL the items for my chosen list? Like would it be okay if I took just my passport, the letter with my NI number and my school schedule (so I can sort out my hours with them)
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Hi, I had my interview there at the Stratford store two weeks ago and it really was quite chilled. Everyone was wearing quite formal dress, sixth form/ college type attire so I would definitely advise against wearing jeans. It was my first ever interview too but it was surprisingly relaxed. Before your interview you’ll be in a waiting room with other canditates for a good 20 minutes and it was clear that you were being watched. Make sure you interact with others and don’t go on your phone etc as this will come off really bad. In particular, don’t seem too shy or nervous as it was clear that other candidates didn’t really take much input from these characters during later tasks.The interview itself is calm, we were given a scenario and then simply discussed as a group how and in what order we would deal with incidents/tasks. Make sure you don’t come off too bossy, as assessors were visibly annoyed at this. For documentation, all I brought was passport copy and NI Number, this was fine (no birth certificate). Good luck!
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Hi, I had my interview there at the Stratford store two weeks ago and it really was quite chilled. Everyone was wearing quite formal dress, sixth form/ college type attire so I would definitely advise against wearing jeans. It was my first ever interview too but it was surprisingly relaxed. Before your interview you’ll be in a waiting room with other canditates for a good 20 minutes and it was clear that you were being watched. Make sure you interact with others and don’t go on your phone etc as this will come off really bad. In particular, don’t seem too shy or nervous as it was clear that other candidates didn’t really take much input from these characters during later tasks.The interview itself is calm, we were given a scenario and then simply discussed as a group how and in what order we would deal with incidents/tasks. Make sure you don’t come off too bossy, as assessors were visibly annoyed at this. For documentation, all I brought was passport copy and NI Number, this was fine (no birth certificate). Good luck!
Oh gosh thank you go much! My interview is in 2 hours so you're literally a life saver!
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Can I ask, how did it go?
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Hiya, I've been invited to a group interview and I really don't know what to wear. Would a black skirt and white shirt be alright? What were other girls wearing?
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Can I ask, how did it go?
It went really well actually!
I got there exactly on the dot of my appointment due to the fact I couldn't actually find the place in my location as it was kind of hidden. They advise you arrive fifteen minutes earlier but when I got there, I just signed in and went and sat down with other people also applying for the same job.
Although I was one of the last and only sat in waiting for a few minutes it was obvious they were watching you to see how you would interact. Most people remained on their phones though if you go I'd advise to refrain from this and even if you don't want to strike up conversation with a stranger, just make it look as if you are not reliant on your phone during such awkward times.

Then a staff member came and collected us, taking us down to a seperate waiting room. There were nine of us in total and upon getting to the new room, there were three tables and we were told to sit in groups of three. I sat alone and was soon joined by two other women, one a middle aged and another older university student. I was definately the youngest one there.

There were three interviewers there, one from each department: sales, catering and stock management and one was assigned to each table. The person who worked in catering came and sat with my group. These members of staff had a clipboard with each of your names so that they could write notes about you through-out the duration of the assessment

The first 5-10 minutes was just talking to each other and introducing yourself. You could literally talk about anything but with it being rather awkward with strangers, obviously everyone just went and spoke about what they were doing (e.g education, work etc) It helps to lighten the mood and such and also gives the interviewer a chance to get a vibe of what kind of person you are.

Then, were were given a task where you were given a scenario where you had many different tasks to do. You were given five minutes of individual thinking time [ There were 8 tasks ] you had to consider what your priorities were, how you would deal with it and what problem may occur and how you would handle them. After individual thinking, we had to come together as a group and discuss our action plan writing it down all while the assessor is writing about our actions and attitudes and such. You were given 20 minutes to discuss it together however 10 minutes in, a sudden extra task is thrown in that you have to quickly add into your action plan also (probably to test your quick thinking and problem solving skills). After these 20 minutes, your action plan was handed in for them to assess or whatever.

Then you were given an extra three scenarios involving customers and you had twenty minutes to write about how you would deal with each scenario. This was an individual writing task.

Finally, this was handed in and then you just got given a form to fill out with all your details and clothing sizes (for the uniform) and about your working hours etc etc.

After handing that in you are handed a slip that explains next steps (Basically explains that you will find out whether or not you got the job through email within two weeks) and then we were free to go.

All in all it was pretty chill and relaxed. It took approx 1 hour and 30 mins.
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Hiya, I've been invited to a group interview and I really don't know what to wear. Would a black skirt and white shirt be alright? What were other girls wearing?
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Yes I think that would be fine to be honest.
Everyone was wearing very formal attire like suits and pencil skirts and blazers etc etc.
One of the women I sat with wore a baby pink top, black blazer and wide legged office trousers.
The other girl I sat with just work a black dress with a black blazer
I wore a white button up shirt, a sleeveless over-vest and black school trousers and I think I fit in fine.

As long as you look formal in some kind of way you'll be fine, just think of office-wear really.
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Thank you, that's really helpful
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It went really well actually!
I got there exactly on the dot of my appointment due to the fact I couldn't actually find the place in my location as it was kind of hidden. They advise you arrive fifteen minutes earlier but when I got there, I just signed in and went and sat down with other people also applying for the same job.
Although I was one of the last and only sat in waiting for a few minutes it was obvious they were watching you to see how you would interact. Most people remained on their phones though if you go I'd advise to refrain from this and even if you don't want to strike up conversation with a stranger, just make it look as if you are not reliant on your phone during such awkward times.

Then a staff member came and collected us, taking us down to a seperate waiting room. There were nine of us in total and upon getting to the new room, there were three tables and we were told to sit in groups of three. I sat alone and was soon joined by two other women, one a middle aged and another older university student. I was definately the youngest one there.

There were three interviewers there, one from each department: sales, catering and stock management and one was assigned to each table. The person who worked in catering came and sat with my group. These members of staff had a clipboard with each of your names so that they could write notes about you through-out the duration of the assessment

The first 5-10 minutes was just talking to each other and introducing yourself. You could literally talk about anything but with it being rather awkward with strangers, obviously everyone just went and spoke about what they were doing (e.g education, work etc) It helps to lighten the mood and such and also gives the interviewer a chance to get a vibe of what kind of person you are.

Then, were were given a task where you were given a scenario where you had many different tasks to do. You were given five minutes of individual thinking time [ There were 8 tasks ] you had to consider what your priorities were, how you would deal with it and what problem may occur and how you would handle them. After individual thinking, we had to come together as a group and discuss our action plan writing it down all while the assessor is writing about our actions and attitudes and such. You were given 20 minutes to discuss it together however 10 minutes in, a sudden extra task is thrown in that you have to quickly add into your action plan also (probably to test your quick thinking and problem solving skills). After these 20 minutes, your action plan was handed in for them to assess or whatever.

Then you were given an extra three scenarios involving customers and you had twenty minutes to write about how you would deal with each scenario. This was an individual writing task.

Finally, this was handed in and then you just got given a form to fill out with all your details and clothing sizes (for the uniform) and about your working hours etc etc.

After handing that in you are handed a slip that explains next steps (Basically explains that you will find out whether or not you got the job through email within two weeks) and then we were free to go.

All in all it was pretty chill and relaxed. It took approx 1 hour and 30 mins.
Thanks for the reply! That was very helpful
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I have got my interview next Tuesday , thanks for the breakdown. What role did you apply for and did you get the job?
(Original post by Sammy_789)
It went really well actually!
I got there exactly on the dot of my appointment due to the fact I couldn't actually find the place in my location as it was kind of hidden. They advise you arrive fifteen minutes earlier but when I got there, I just signed in and went and sat down with other people also applying for the same job.
Although I was one of the last and only sat in waiting for a few minutes it was obvious they were watching you to see how you would interact. Most people remained on their phones though if you go I'd advise to refrain from this and even if you don't want to strike up conversation with a stranger, just make it look as if you are not reliant on your phone during such awkward times.

Then a staff member came and collected us, taking us down to a seperate waiting room. There were nine of us in total and upon getting to the new room, there were three tables and we were told to sit in groups of three. I sat alone and was soon joined by two other women, one a middle aged and another older university student. I was definately the youngest one there.

There were three interviewers there, one from each department: sales, catering and stock management and one was assigned to each table. The person who worked in catering came and sat with my group. These members of staff had a clipboard with each of your names so that they could write notes about you through-out the duration of the assessment

The first 5-10 minutes was just talking to each other and introducing yourself. You could literally talk about anything but with it being rather awkward with strangers, obviously everyone just went and spoke about what they were doing (e.g education, work etc) It helps to lighten the mood and such and also gives the interviewer a chance to get a vibe of what kind of person you are.

Then, were were given a task where you were given a scenario where you had many different tasks to do. You were given five minutes of individual thinking time [ There were 8 tasks ] you had to consider what your priorities were, how you would deal with it and what problem may occur and how you would handle them. After individual thinking, we had to come together as a group and discuss our action plan writing it down all while the assessor is writing about our actions and attitudes and such. You were given 20 minutes to discuss it together however 10 minutes in, a sudden extra task is thrown in that you have to quickly add into your action plan also (probably to test your quick thinking and problem solving skills). After these 20 minutes, your action plan was handed in for them to assess or whatever.

Then you were given an extra three scenarios involving customers and you had twenty minutes to write about how you would deal with each scenario. This was an individual writing task.

Finally, this was handed in and then you just got given a form to fill out with all your details and clothing sizes (for the uniform) and about your working hours etc etc.

After handing that in you are handed a slip that explains next steps (Basically explains that you will find out whether or not you got the job through email within two weeks) and then we were free to go.

All in all it was pretty chill and relaxed. It took approx 1 hour and 30 mins.
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I have got my interview next Tuesday , thanks for the breakdown. What role did you apply for and did you get the job?
Hiya! Truth be told I don't remember what the position was since it was about a year and half ago but I think it was either just something on the retail floor ( sales ) or that they would assign roles after giving you the job. I did not get the job, unfortunately, but this doesn't come as a great shock since at that point I'd never had a job and that was my first interview ever so I probably didn't do as great as I initially thought as my inexperience left me at a great disadvantage. I was also a lot more shy and not confident with myself than I am now. Having had multiple jobs since then, perhaps I now stand a chance of getting a job if I were to do it again, maybe not. I don't know. I think if I were to repeat it I would make myself a lot more known. Especially during the "get-to-know-each-other" part in the groups - looking back, the other girls in my team had a habit of ignoring me and speaking over me and instead of challenging that, I backed down and reserved myself which j know probably wasn't the best impression on the employer. So I would recommend not allowing yourself to be outshone. But nor would I encourage you to come off bossy or rude whilst doing this.
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Hiya! Truth be told I don't remember what the position was since it was about a year and half ago but I think it was either just something on the retail floor ( sales ) or that they would assign roles after giving you the job. I did not get the job, unfortunately, but this doesn't come as a great shock since at that point I'd never had a job and that was my first interview ever so I probably didn't do as great as I initially thought as my inexperience left me at a great disadvantage. I was also a lot more shy and not confident with myself than I am now. Having had multiple jobs since then, perhaps I now stand a chance of getting a job if I were to do it again, maybe not. I don't know. I think if I were to repeat it I would make myself a lot more known. Especially during the "get-to-know-each-other" part in the groups - looking back, the other girls in my team had a habit of ignoring me and speaking over me and instead of challenging that, I backed down and reserved myself which j know probably wasn't the best impression on the employer. So I would recommend not allowing yourself to be outshone. But nor would I encourage you to come off bossy or rude whilst doing this.
Thanks for the tips
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Did you have 1 to 1 interview after your group interview and if so approximately how long was it ?
(Original post by Sammy_789)
Hiya! Truth be told I don't remember what the position was since it was about a year and half ago but I think it was either just something on the retail floor ( sales ) or that they would assign roles after giving you the job. I did not get the job, unfortunately, but this doesn't come as a great shock since at that point I'd never had a job and that was my first interview ever so I probably didn't do as great as I initially thought as my inexperience left me at a great disadvantage. I was also a lot more shy and not confident with myself than I am now. Having had multiple jobs since then, perhaps I now stand a chance of getting a job if I were to do it again, maybe not. I don't know. I think if I were to repeat it I would make myself a lot more known. Especially during the "get-to-know-each-other" part in the groups - looking back, the other girls in my team had a habit of ignoring me and speaking over me and instead of challenging that, I backed down and reserved myself which j know probably wasn't the best impression on the employer. So I would recommend not allowing yourself to be outshone. But nor would I encourage you to come off bossy or rude whilst doing this.
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There was no 1 to 1
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Did you have 1 to 1 interview after your group interview and if so approximately how long was it ?
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There was no 1 to 1
Do you remember any questions they asked you ?
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There was no 1 to 1
How would recommend I prepare for the interview?
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