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Waitrose alters graduate job applications

Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2009   Category: Retail

University leavers looking for a graduate job in the retail sector may need to get to grips with a new recruitment tool if they are thinking of applying to up-market food store Waitrose.

The firm is now employing a 'situational judgement test', which will filter the graduates who possess the necessary skills and experience for a position from those who do not, inviting the former to subsequent interviews.

Having received 2,500 application for graduate jobs at the supermarket, Waitrose is attempting to get the number down to 150 with the online test, according to Recruiter.

Anglie Johns, manager of recruitment services at the company, told the news provider: "We anticipated an uplift in applicant numbers this year, and therefore wanted to introduce a new, robust selection tool to our graduate assessment process."

Graduate employers need to rethink their recruitment strategies after Higher Education Careers Services Unit research revealed that some of the best-performing students are coming from institutions outside of the Russell Group, Human Resources magazine recently reported.


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