Jaguar Land Rover HR Graduate Scheme

19 January 2012 - 10:25pm

This is for anyone who has applied for the Jaguar Land Rover HR Graduate Scheme to discuss online tests, assessment centres etc.

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  • 29 October 2012 - 10:05am
    • Gotan

    Does anyone know how long the scheme takes to finish?

  • 14 March 2012 - 5:15pm
    • krupz87

    Got an assessment day tomorrow for Manufacturing Graduate. But for some reason I am incredibly nervous and still ill. Does anyone know how many Manufacturing Graduates they take each year, cause if its like 10, then I am leaving it.??

  • 20 February 2012 - 8:59pm
    • London steel

    No one site is in Liverpool

  • 19 February 2012 - 3:47pm
    • mpizzle87

    Hi, Out of interest are all Jag+landrover grad jobs in the Midland sites?

  • 16 February 2012 - 9:02pm
    • London steel

    Hi I got offered a place on the HR scheme after the AC yesterday. Is anyone else under offer and thinking of sharing a house? Let me know whether you will be starting in July or September and we'll see if we can sort something.

    Good luck to anyone going to the coming AC's

  • 15 February 2012 - 8:28pm
    • alexgillanders89

    Hi everybody,

    Purchasing one is the same format as the other assessment centre. Group exercise followed by role play (but purchasing specific) then the maths, english and inductive reasoning tests ( they are a bit harder than the online ones). Then the interview, they ask a lot of questions so have plenty of examples ready, some of them were the same as previously posted but some were different so don't just learn the ones on here.

    Hope that helps and good lick to everybody.


  • 15 February 2012 - 12:26pm
    • TheoFS

    If anyone has had any experience with the assessment process for the purchasing grad scheme, i'd be grateful to hear it! My interview is on Feb 21st in Warwick. Big thanks to everyone who has posted all this info so far!

  • 10 February 2012 - 11:29am
    • zippy88

    Hi meddz and TSM (fellow marketing and sales!) I will definitely let you know when I hear something. Wish they hurried up a bit just wanting to know either way really!
    Great advice on here though thanks everyone!

  • 9 February 2012 - 3:48pm
    • TSM

    I applied for the Sales and Marketing Graduate Scheme at JLR in November. I did the psycho tests, received an e-Christmas card and a notice a couple of weeks ago that they were still reviewing my application. Patience is a virtue, apparently.

    I get excited every time I receive a new message in my inbox, only to find that it's from MSN or some crap about Bing.

  • 8 February 2012 - 3:56pm
    • Meddz

    Hi smrdac,

    That's true, the experience will make you even better for the coming ACs, good luck for them all.

    And thank you so much for your post, that's really very helpful, thanks a lot :)

  • 8 February 2012 - 2:30pm
    • smrdac

    Hi Meddz,

    No worries - the experience has definitely served me well going forward to other applications and ACs - indeed, I'm starting to wonder about the validity of ACs as I at least seem to get better with each one I do, so they're hardly a true reflection of ability if you can learn for them!

    There were competency questions like those listed in various forums on this site. I had to give examples of times when I had:

    * made a decision without all of the relevant information.
    * been told to do something you didn't think was appropriate.
    * had to deal with someone who was angry.
    * contributed to a team.
    * contributed to a decision with an innovative idea.
    * come to terms with having made a mistake/error.

    Then questions relating to JLR and HR specifically:

    * why have you chosen JLR to apply for?
    * what do you know about the HR grad scheme?
    * what makes you suitable to the HR scheme?
    * what challenges do you see facing the automotive industry as a whole?
    * what aspects of this apply specifically to JLR?
    * how do you think JLR is trying to respond to these issues?
    * what potential issues can you foresee with JLR's growth in India and China?
    * what HR considerations do you know of currently within JLR?
    * what differences do you envisage when working with the office and workshop floor staff?

    I'm sure there were more, but it's 2 weeks ago now, so hope that gives you a fair deal to go on!

  • 30 October 2012 - 11:37pm
    • kate1690

    Hi smrdac

    Just noticed you applied for HR grad scheme and wondered if you could give me any tips on the application form? Did you have a phone interview?


  • 7 February 2012 - 10:56am
    • cmc123

    Hi everyone,

    I applied to the finance graduate scheme in Liverpool, I havent heard anything since an email in January saying that they have received my completed online test.

    I was just wondering if anybody had applied for the same scheme and had any further response?

    Thanks cmc123

  • 7 February 2012 - 9:34am
    • alexgillanders89

    Thanks for that, and sorry to here you didn't get an offer. Good luck with other stuff you are applying for.

  • 6 February 2012 - 8:12pm
    • smrdac

    Hi all,

    I didn't get offered the job, and am still awaiting feedback from the centre (which I thought I did pretty well at!), but will try to answer a few of the questions on here now that I'm not busy prepping for other interviews and ACs!

    cupofjava: We were told that it's not people per AC, but just everyone who hits the benchmarks on all of their criteria that gets an offer. Hence I'm desperate to see where I came up short, as I wasn't beaten by the others per se, I just wasn't good enough at something or other!

    alexgillanders89: They sit there and have a set of pages with boxes for writing down elements of your response and I think we went through most of their core competencies within the hour, though it was very much a case of my interviewer asking me directly for examples of a time I'd done this or that.

    Hope that helps and good luck to everyone else with ACs!

  • 8 February 2012 - 1:32pm
    • Meddz

    Hi smrdac,

    Sorry to hear that... I was just wondering would you be able give us some examples of questions that they asked you at the individual interviews please?

  • 5 February 2012 - 8:22pm
    • alexgillanders89

    The purchasing one. Which one have you applied for. Have you had one yet or got one coming up at all?

  • 5 February 2012 - 4:11pm
    • glewis89

    Hi Alex,

    Have you been invited to an AC? What scheme have you applied to?

  • 5 February 2012 - 3:23pm
    • alexgillanders89

    Hi Smrdac,

    Any response from JLR yet? hope you got it!

    I was just wondering in the individual did they just kind of go through all the key behaviours and ask you to show examples from real life of how you have demonstrated them or did they just pick out say a few.



  • 3 February 2012 - 12:15pm
    • cupofjava

    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?

  • 1 February 2012 - 5:05pm
    • glewis89

    Hi smrdac,

    Have you heard anything yet?

  • 1 February 2012 - 1:15pm
    • zippy88

    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!

  • 6 February 2012 - 7:51pm
    • Meddz

    Hi Zippy88

    Good to know I'm not the only one! Many AC's have started for the other schemes, I wonder when they will start for Marketing.. Let me know if you hear back :)

  • 30 January 2012 - 8:28pm
    • Meddz


    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...


  • 30 January 2012 - 2:23am
    • smrdac

    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!!!

  • 27 January 2012 - 4:53pm
    • asdf5

    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 : )

  • 27 January 2012 - 2:58pm
    • asdf5

    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.

  • 27 January 2012 - 3:52pm
    • smrdac

    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?!

  • 25 January 2012 - 8:58pm
    • glewis89

    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!

  • 25 January 2012 - 7:23pm
    • smrdac

    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!

  • 25 January 2012 - 7:22pm
    • smrdac

    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:

    1. Group Exercise:
    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.

    2. Role Play
    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.

    3. Individual Interview
    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.

    4. Psychometric Re-Testing
    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).

  • 24 January 2012 - 5:41pm
    • Oslo123

    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.

  • 22 January 2012 - 11:56am
    • glewis89

    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!

  • 22 January 2012 - 9:14am
    • glewis89

    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!

  • 22 January 2012 - 11:13am
    • smrdac

    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.

  • 22 January 2012 - 4:10am
    • smrdac

    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.

  • 20 January 2012 - 3:32pm
    • glewis89

    I had that same email yesterday aswell. I havent really applied anywhere else yet. You?

  • 19 January 2012 - 10:44pm
    • hannah1710

    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?

  • 19 January 2012 - 10:26pm
    • glewis89

    Anybody applied to this and heard anything back from them recently?