First of all, I’m so glad to find a place like this where other people in the same boat as I am are here! Its just nice to see how other people who are also looking for a job in retail buying and merchandising are doing. I had 2 assessment centres and 2 interviews in the past 2 months and unfortunately none of these have resulted me in a job offer, however good news is that I have more of these lined up in the coming month and they are the companies that I really am interested in working.
Recently I attended an assessment centre at monthercare for the position as a merchandising admin assistant, the day consisted of presentation from the company, group excercise in which we were required to prioritise through group discussion 8 tasks that a MAA would carry out on a daily basis, a competency interview with an existing merchandiser, and the last part of the day was to give a presenation on the SWOT analysis of mothercare’s toys.
After getting over the grieve of this rejection, I tried to get some feedbacks from the assessment, however the info I got from the HR department was very vague, but as follows:
“In regards to the assessment day the main area which you fell down on was the SWOT analysis and presentation. We felt that although you had researched a lot of information this was not applied commercially to the brief”
In my presentation, I made a lot of comparisons to the company’s competitors, made comments and suggestions on the quality and range of their products, discussed about product layouts and how they could be improved.
I tried calling the HR personel to discuss about this, but only to find she is never in her office! So I was hoping if you guys have have any ideas how to give a 'commericially-related presenation"? Many Thanks and good luck to all!!