This is for anyone who has applied for the Jaguar Land Rover HR Graduate Scheme to discuss online tests, assessment centres etc.
Anybody applied to this and heard anything back from them recently?
Had an email from them today saying they’d had over 13,000 applications and were currently reviewing them all. Definitely not hopeful! I’ve done the tests but no further than that.
Where else have you applied?
I had that same email yesterday aswell. I havent really applied anywhere else yet. You?
I had a phone call from them for the HR grad scheme, offering me a place at the AC this Wednesday.
Apparently JLR typically only offer you an AC about a week in advance, so fingers crossed for you both for one of the next ones.
When did you do the online tests smrdac? And how much notice did they give you for the assessment centre? Well done on getting this far, please let us know how it goes!
Thanks glewis. I did the tests in early December and then heard nothing for a month (other than an e-Christmas card!). They then rang me on the 17th Jan saying that I’d passed the tests and that I was invited to the assessment centre on the 25th, so very rapid progression once they get back to you. My assessment centre is at Warwick Uni - I don’t know if they will all be, but it’s obviously convenient it being central and also bang in the middle of JLR territory given their head offices in Coventry and Gaydon.
That’s good to know. I did the tests only last week and was starting to get a little worried but if you waited a month then that makes me feel a lot better! I hope you do well at the AC. Let me know how it goes!
Took online test about 2 weeks ago, IT graduate scheme. That means another 2 more weeks. Got the same email confirming that they had received a record number of applicants.
Had the AC today. Apparently HR alone has had 2,600 applications for what is in the region of 10 (yes, ten) jobs.
As for the centre itself, the structure was:
You all get 20 minutes to review an information pack about a fictional company, along with a proposal unique to yourself about a step the company could take. Each person has to present their future step and encourage the others to agree with it, though by the end of the task, the group as a whole has to decide on one or two of the options available.
You’re a new HR Grad and you’re about to go into a meeting with a Manager elsewhere in the company. You’ve got some notes from your predecessor about the person you’re meeting, some of the issues in their area recently and “your own notes” from a phonecall you had with the person you’re meeting yesterday. It’s your job to take in as much of the info you’re given as possible (in 30mins) prior to having a 30min meeting with this person to discuss all of their issues (whilst you stick to your job brief as closely as possible!). After the meeting you’re required to write up a brief summary of what was agreed upon.
Primarily behaviours based, focussing on the JLR Core Behaviours. There’s the odd question in there about motivation and potential issues for the car industry, but no curve balls.
This is where everyone struggled today. The format was identical to the online tests for JLR (3 tests: verbal, numeracy and logic - each 6 mins for 8 questions) but done on paper. We all thought they were much harder tests than those we did online before, but that may have been down to exam conditions pressure.
Now it’s just time for me to wait and see what they say - fingers crossed!
Good luck to anyone else who gets through to an AC with them - the HR managers and grads at the event were all really supportive and didn’t have a single bad word to say about the company and were even a good source of info for some aspects of the individual interviews (which were the last thing on the day’s schedule).
Oh, and make sure to have copies of all your degree and A-Levels certificates with you, as well as of your passport! They want to see the originals and for you to give them copies of all of them!
Wow thank you for telling me how it all went. I am certainly not hopeful knowing they have over 2,000 applications for only 10 jobs!
Thanks for the details smr. I have my AC next week for a different scheme, just wondering how many candidates are there on the day?
10 isn’t much at all :o Hope you get good news soon.
Thanks asdf5. Still waiting to hear back - they said it would be up to 5 days for a response, but then casually inferred it’d be sooner in reality.
There were 12 candidates at ours, which worked well as they had 6 assessors and split the group in two for the majority of the timetable - but they were all hr managers so suppose it depends how many senior people they can get to attend?!
Thanks for the reply. I’m very surprised that despite there being 13k applicants to all of their programmes how few threads there are on here! I applied back in october and get 5 days notice of the AC, brilliant!
I’ve done a similar group discussion before where you have your own preference, think I prefer these to the general ones because it gives everyone a chance to speak. You mentioned the prep time, how long is the meeting, 40 mins?
How long is the interview?
I don’t see how all of this takes from 8.15 to 4.30, did you get let out earlier? Going to book my train tickets soon.
Fingers and toes crossed for you in the mean time : )
Yeah, 13k applicants for 300 jobs and yet just a handful of threads on here :-/
I agree - having to present your own “personal information/proposal” really helps to ease you into the task, so i preferred it to one i’ve done that was more of a free for all.
For the group section we had 20 mins prep followed by a 40 minute meeting (I think!)
The interview is up to an hour, though different candidates seemed to range from 45 to 75 mins, dependent on their examiner and i suppose their answers too!
There are several short gaps scheduled into the day, but crucially, half the group finished at 3 and the other half at 4ish, with only half of us in interviews at a time.
Still waiting to hear back - apparently they phone if they’re offering you a place and email if you’re being let down, so i’m praying for a blocked number phone call!!!
Anyone applied for the Marketing grad scheme? I completed the tests in early december, but still haven’t heard back so just a little worried…
Hey, I’ve applied to the marketing/sales scheme and waiting and waiting for a response! I got that general email a few weeks ago saying about the number of applications and the fact they will get back to me ‘shortly’.
I just want to know one way or the other haha.
Good luck everyone!
Have you heard anything yet?
any idea how many people they end up taking from the assessment centre? i’m guessing they hold quite a few assessment centres for each scheme? Also, on the role play, did you have to memorise the notes before the meeting, or could you take them with you?