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John Lewis Overview

London, England
10000+ employees
1864
Company - Private
Retail
£5 to £10 billion (GBP) per year
Unknown
John Lewis began trading in 1864 on London's Oxford Street and has grown to become the largest omnichannel retailer in the UK with 48 John Lewis shops (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) and ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#33), 2016 (#16), 2015 (#2)

Highest Rated CEOs: 2015 (#13)

John Lewis Reviews

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    Current Employee - Stock Management Partner in London, England
    Current Employee - Stock Management Partner in London, England
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    I have been working at John Lewis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good partnership benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay, have to work on weekends and bank holidays

    Advice to Management

    Reward hardworking partners accordingly

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John Lewis Photos

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John Lewis Interviews

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  1. Helpful (18)  

    Selling Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at John Lewis in August 2017.

    Interview

    Had to complete two separate aptitude tests as part of the online application. You're prompted with different scenarios and you have to choose which solutions are best suited to the each scenario. Fairly simple stuff -- just common sense really. Take your time though.

    They followed up my online application with a text message asking to come in for an interview. I had already looked at some of the recent interview reviews on Glassdoor, so I was expecting a group interview. There were 4 other applicants at the interview and we all sat down on one table. We were asked to come up with a guide for new selling assistants at John Lewis, which were:

    - 5 ways to deliver good customer service.
    - 5 ways to handle a customer who is upset or angry.
    - 3 ways to enhance product knowledge.

    I would suggest doing your research and come up with some solid points beforehand. Make yourself heard, but remember to listen and engage with other people in the group. I got the impression this was something they were looking at closely.

    The group interview was followed up with a 1-on-1 interview. There were 5 questions. The first was tell me about yourself; the others were customer service based. The last question was just reiterating what you had already contributed to the group. Overall, a really positive experience as it was quite challenging and rewarding in the end.

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John Lewis Awards & Accolades

  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
  • Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2009

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