We encourage and develop people from all backgrounds and everyone has equal chances to progress within the company. There are no barriers to your progress within Primark. If you have the right attitude and can develop the right skills, you'll enjoy a bright, challenging career with us.
Our recruitment is based on the skills and qualifications you either have or could acquire. Once you're working for us, we'll give you the best opportunities for your continued progress in your job.
This is formalised within our Equal Opportunities policy:
Primark Stores Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer. The purpose of this policy is to demonstrate the Company’s commitment to an environment of equal opportunities to both employees and potential employees.
The Company does not permit unlawful discrimination of any kind against any person on any grounds, including colour, race, creed, ethnic origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability. Unlawful discrimination is defined as treating any person less favourably than others would be treated in similar circumstances.
All the Company’s personnel policies are based on Equal Opportunities and fair treatment, ensuring the promotion and practice of equality of opportunity for all.
We have a world class Management Development Program to help build your career at all levels. Whether you’re in our stores or head office we aim to build on your talents and skills during your amazing career journey with us. We encourage ideas, team spirit and passion across all our functions.
As a new employee in any role with us, you will be given a structured induction programme to welcome you into your new role and team.
We then offer various programmes to either assist to you to become a member of management, or to develop you further in your role. Our development programmes start at all levels from entry level through to senior leadership programmes.
Primark advertise promotional opportunities within the business to our existing employees, it’s something we’re really proud of and it shows we’re committed to your development.
If you join us, you’ll be encouraged to play an active part in self-development where you will be given ownership of your career with the support and guidance of our experienced managers. We’ll give you the tools and resources, all we need from you is dedication and enthusiasm!
More details on the career paths available at Primark can be found in the Career Paths section of our website.
Where we can, we also offer task specific training support for our employees who want to enhance their existing skills or develop new ones by offering NVQ programmes in the following areas:
So we all know that interviews can be a nerve wracking experience for some people, so to help you prepare we have put together some hints and tips. The more comfortable you feel.. The better you will perform! Remember that you have been picked for a reason…
When you hear from us that you have been invited for interview you need to start preparing straight away, so it is good to ask what to expect on the day. Most first stages with Primark are either a telephone interview or a face to face interview/selection event with our team of trained recruiters. The interview will consist of Competency Based and Motivational Questions.
Experience provides the best predictor of whether a person can do a job, and the best technique to get all the information from a candidate is to use STAR model.
Interviewers will be looking for you to give an example of what YOUR responsibilities were in the situation that you are describing.
e.g. Can you give me an example from your most recent role when you have had to work to a deadline?
Interviewers may probe into your answer to ensure they get enough depth to the question:
S Why did you have this deadline?
T What was your specific role in the task?
A What did you do to ensure you met the deadline?
R What was the end result?
Motivational questions are used to find out what makes the candidate tick and to see if the role suits your chosen career path, aspirations, industry etc.
Typical motivational questions would be:
Why are you interested in this position?
What do you find frustrating in your current role?
What type of management style gets the most out of you at work?
Why do you want to work for Primark?
You can practice before you come for your interview by thinking of specific examples where you have been challenged or demonstrated a certain skill. This will give you an idea of what to use as examples to the questions.
Here are a few things to consider:
Passion and motivation
What interests you about the position?
Career aspirations – what is your goal?
Organisational and prioritising ability
Honesty and reliability
Business awareness/ company knowledge
Pro–activity rather than reactivity
In addition to Competency and Motivational Questions, for senior management roles you may also take part in our online Professional Styles Questionnaire. This personality assessment questionnaire explores how you see your own motives and preferences within a work context.
It helps us find ways to make better use of your preferred working style in your current job role, or identify future job roles, environments and working cultures which best suit your individual working style. Within some parts of the Primark business, we also use the questionnaire to evaluate candidates against cultural fit in line with Primark's values – Passion, Teamwork, Trust, Continuous Improvement and Expertise.
You will need to make sure that you read through and understand the job description/advertisement. Write a list of questions regarding the role as this is your opportunity to find out more about the position and so you can make an informed decision if we offer you the role.
And that’s not all. To help you throughout the application process, we’ve also provided advice and guidance for preparing for an interview, selection events and how to do well in tests because we want to help you do your best on the day.
Easy interview process
A lot of overtime opportunities
Can opt out of working Sundays
Easy to change your contract, as long as your attendance and punctuality is 90%
Get for students as they keep vacancies for you during Christmas and summer breaks
They let me transfer to a different store when I moved back to London
Almost always under staffed on weekends
Can get very rude customers, but that's part of working in retail
Supervisors are nice, depending on which store you work at
Advice to Management
Some are great with staff and others need to learn the proper way to speak to people. As well as not leaving sales assistants alone to deal with irate customers.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Primark (London, England) in May 2017.
Filled in the typical online questions and sent in my CV. 4 days later they sent me an email where i had to book an interview.
the interview was quick... lasted approximately 15 mins.
they take your passport and NI number
they tend to ask 5 question which has been written on a paper