Working for Boots

As some of you may know at the end of September, I got employed as a Christmas Customer Assistant at Boots. Since I have been working there for over a month now I thought I would tell all of you what it has been like and give you some tips on how to get a job at Boots yourself.

Tips for applying for a job at Boots:

Firstly to get a job at Boots all the vacancies are advertised on their online jobs website where you will need to create an account to fill out the application form, book your interview time etc.

  1. If you’re my age with no previous retail experience you should apply for a Christmas Customer Assistant job rather than permanent staff. This way you are more likely to get an interview and may be offered a permanent job at the end of the Christmas period.
  2. Apply for a few stores, I applied for three stores before being offered an interview.
  3. Don’t apply for a vacancy that requires more hours than you are capable of doing. I know it sounds basic but a lot of people do it.
  4. Be prepared for your shifts to change, so you have to be flexible with your working hours as temporary staff.
  5. If you have been successful, then they will send you an email to arrange your interview time with an online booking system. Try and reply to all emails as soon as possible.

Tips for the interview:

  1. Wear something smart. You want to make a good first impression on the person who is interviewing you and you will also be required to do some exercises on the shop floor as part of your interview.
  2. Turn up 15 minutes early
  3. Learn about Boots own brands before hand, such as No7 and Seventeen, and their Advantage Card. This will give you more to talk about in your interview.
  4. You will be asked questions based on situations that you may encounter whilst working there and will also be asked to do some exercises on the floor such as trying to sell a product to the person you are being interviewed by. For this exercise think of a product before the interview and learn all the positives about it that you can. Try and make it a Boots own brand product if possible.

After the interview:

You will receive a call from someone at Boots a couple of days after your interview to confirm whether you got the job or not and, if offered the job, which date and time you start. Again if you have been offered the job expect within the next few weeks to receive emails enquiring about information for their records. You MUST reply to these.

On your first day:

Turn up early and go to the place in the store that you are told about on the phone. If you aren’t told where to go, ask for a manager. You will then be given your uniform, locker key and name badge. Next, you will be required to fill out and sign forms and do health and safety training. Finally, you will become part of the operations team. Which deals with stocking and tiding shelves. At a later date you may be till trained by a manager.

I have found that everyone at Boots has been nothing but helpful and supportive. I have really enjoyed working there so far and hope to continue to work there after the Christmas period. As it has really contributed greatly to my confidence levels and helped me make a lot of great friends.

Good luck to everyone who is applying for a vacancy at Boots. I hope you enjoy working there as much as I do.

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