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I have been working at Screwfix full-time
Challenging and engaging
Does always look to continuous improve its ways of working
Hard to get promoted as no one leaves
Not many female leaders at a senior level
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Screwfix (Yeovil, England) in August 2019.
1. Found advertisement via indeed, but applied directly on Screwfix website.
2. Submitted CV and Covering Letter via screwfix website.
3. Received call from HR next working day, asking to clarify practicalities surrounding my application, e.g. salary requirement, location. HR scheduled a one-to-one phone interview with the line manager early the following week.
4. HR called to reschedule interview first thing morning of interview.
5. Had phone interview with line manager on rescheduled date.
6. By end of the week HR contacted me informing that they'd like to arrange a face-to-face interview. Date scheduled over the phone.
7. Received emailed confirmation of date, with directions/what to bring info. Date emailed from HR much different to that discussed on phone, so emailed to check. Final date different to either that discussed or initially emailed.
8. Attended HQ for interview, met by HR and taken to office for interview by line manager and another manager that the position would be working closely with. Quite informal in tone. Although focus was on personal characteristics, discussed aspects of experience. There was a "brainteaser" question, which demonstrated a real challenge that you might be faced with.
9. Received call back by middle of the following week, with job offer.
10. Difficulties getting offer details finalised, as senior managers were on A/L.
11. Salary agreed in point 3 above had to be signed off by senior manager, as HR had exceeded prescribed limits.
12. HR requested that I send over working pattern proposals to be negotiated.
13. Received call about a week later, with two counter-offers regarding working pattern.
14. Neither offer acceptable, so offers formally rejected.
- Advertisement states "We value work/life balance and our flexible working approach means you can fit your hours around you". Agree what is meant by this very early on and strongly reconsider proceeding if your needs aren't firmly met. Screwfix doesn't have this culture developed as strongly as advert might suggest; core hours of 10:00 to 16:00 need to be covered (good luck parents), unwillingness to contractually commit to fixed days off as part of a working pattern and only would treat such arrangements as discretionary. It's not a place to realistically consider home-working. They are very cautious about setting precedents here, e.g. talk of "organic" arrangements, and was aware that I was made a verbal offer that existing team member/s were not privy to and I was told I wouldn't be able to disclose. Not transparent.
- Salary not mentioned on advert, only "An Executive Salary - A Competitive Package". Evaluate your own definition of "Executive" and "Competitive". I would suggest fine as entry level, but existing Data Scientists would struggle to see the salary as "competitive". Quite a deficit between this role and banking analyst or other retail Data Scientists, e.g. Boots or Tesco. With respect to "executive", it's a Level 1 position in Screwfix hierarchy. Question whether such a skilled job with potential business influence is a level 1 position with any other multinational employer.
- 28 days holiday includes bank holidays, so realistically only 20 days A/L. I suppose this is fair for call centre staff and retail, but really is very poor for corporate/office staff.
- Almost all negotiation is verbal. Careful. Especially if you have other tangible commitments reliant on this process.
- Thoroughly check any written information you do receive.
- Approach of one-to-one interview is absolutely brilliant. This aspect of interview process is outstanding and all credit to the managers. From this alone, can understand why recruitment process is award winning. But, fundamentally, it is still an interview, so don't get TOO relaxed, as the questions are clever and will highlight weakness.
- Outside of one-to-one interviews, if you feel pressured/sense unease/other negative emotion, go with your gut. Remember where you would turn if you had difficulties at work.