The road to the Partnership

We’ve designed this area of our site to provide you with everything you need to know about becoming a Partner. Here you can learn about the Partnership’s recruitment process, useful hints and tips for the journey, and find answers to those frequently asked questions. You can even practice the kind of tests you might come across.

If you have any questions that are unanswered on this page then visit our official FAQs page to find more information on some of our most common queries.

You can also explore the sections below to find out more about the application journey and the benefits that are on offer when you join us.

Job Preparation

When applying for a role in the Partnership, you want to give yourself the best opportunity to be successful. The following information will help build up your knowledge of what to expect during the application process, as well as the key Values and Capabilities we look for in our new Partners.

Partnership Values

Our Partnership Values have been created by Partners, for Partners. They are how we want to behave with one another, our customers, suppliers and stakeholders. They sum up the things that we hold dear and admire in one another.

All or nothing – We put everything we have into everything we do

Be yourself. Always – We’re quirky, proud and at our best when we’re free to be ourselves

Do right – We act with integrity and use our judgement to do the right thing

Give more than you take – We all put more in so that everyone gets more out

Develops self and others – you look to grow your own and others confidence, knowledge, capability and ultimately performance.

We not me – When we work together, anything is possible

Partnership Capabilities

The Partnership Capabilities provide more detail on the attributes required to become a successful Partner in our co-owned business.

Candidates will be assessed against 6 of the 9 capabilities that are identified as being most important for the role they have applied for which will always include Customer & Performance Focus’ and ‘Empowered Partner’. For more information on the capabilities and their definitions please click here.

Essential and Desirable Experience

For many of the roles we advertise we are looking for specific skills and experience and it’s essential that you think about these when you are filling in your application form, otherwise you won’t get past this first stage of the process.

We use the desirable skills and experience to decide who to bring to interview and assessment. If you’ve outlined these clearly in your application form, you’ll be much more likely to reach the short list stage.

Wherever we ask for qualifications, please provide details of the awarding bodies and the year so that we have the correct information to verify them if you’re offered the role. And it’s important to remember that membership of professional bodies must be up-to-date.

Preparing for Online Tests and Interview Questions
You may be aware of our online testing for job applicants, which you may be required to complete as part of your application process. These are proven ways we can assess the key qualities required for a candidate to be successful in the role.
As each role is different, so are the tests/questionnaires you will be asked to take, we ensure these are relevant to the job you are applying for and they are relevant to the skills/judgements you will require in order to perform in the role.
To ensure we can progress your application as quickly as possible, we recommend you complete these as soon as possible to avoid missing the deadline and your application being withdrawn.
If you successfully pass the tests you won’t need to retake them if you apply for another role within a six month period.
There are ways that you can prepare for these tests, in the same way you can prepare for an interview or an assessment.

Situational Judgement Test
For roles such as Selling Assistant, Supermarket Assistant, Catering and Warehouse Assistant you will be asked to complete the relevant Situational Judgement Test as part of the online assessment.

In these, you will be asked to read a scenario and choose what you feel is the best course of action, these will be based on the role you are applying for.

Having a good understanding of the role from the profile will allow you to familiarise yourself with the types of activities you will be required to undertake and your responsibilities. Having time to read these, considering where you have had similar experience in the past or how you have acted in similar situations will help you answer the questions.

As the questions are based on judgement on a situation, it is not possible to practice these types of tests, as each situation and judgement will be different.

Ability Tests
You will only be asked to complete one of these for certain roles and not for all positions we recruit for.

If you are invited to complete one of these, you will be asked to answer a number of questions, and will be given a time limit in which to complete this.

The type and level of test will have been determined by the requirements of the role, for example a role which requires the analysis and interpretation of information would have a numerical test as part of the recruitment process. Visit our Support with Numeracy page for help with everyday maths skills.

Again, familiarise yourself with the role profile to ensure you know what the skills and requirements are of the role and any previous experience which has been identified as either essential or desirable in order to be successful in the role.

Having the opportunity to practice tests which are similar, in terms of what they are testing, and also completing the test to a given time frame will help you to familiarise yourself with how these feel.

It will also help you to understand how to plan your time, what works for you in terms of managing the information and what environment works best for you.

Please follow the link below to practice a number of tests, these are not exact replicas of the tests you will be asked to complete but are examples that will allow you to complete similar types of tests.

The site is provided by CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions. SHL are the global leaders in talent measurement and they provide employment testing to help organisations identify and recruit individuals. In addition to example tests you will also find assessment advice for you to reference before you take an assessment.

All the tests, personal data and results will be held by CEB and this will not be shared with the John Lewis Partnership. Successful completion of a test will have no bearing on your application, or if you will be successful on any tests/questionnaires which form part of the recruitment process.

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Right to Work – Important Information

It is the Partnership’s legal obligation to ensure that anyone we are looking to employ is legally entitled to work in the UK before their employment begins.

We require all candidates to provide evidence of their entitlement to work in the UK when they attend an assessment or interview. These documents will be checked and authorised by the Partner conducting the assessment. Failure to provide satisfactory evidence of your right to work in the UK will prevent your application progressing.

For more information on what documents you can bring to show you have the right to work, and more details, please follow this link to the Government Website: https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk

Pre-employment Checks

For some roles here, we’ll need to verify your credentials – particularly ensuring you are legally permitted to take up an offer of employment. The requirements vary depending on the nature of the position and its level within the Partnership. And, where it is necessary, it will always be stated in the role profile that’s attached to the vacancy on jlpjobs.

We only carry out these checks once you have accepted our offer of employment. And we work with The Security Watchdog (TSW) to do this, the international employment screening specialist. Visit their website to find out more about them: www.securitywatchdog.org.uk

Download our Right to Work instructions for attending an assessment so you know what documentation to bring with you.

Types of checks

There are a number of different checks that might be required – take a look at some of the examples below:

  • Reference Check – verifies that the information provided on your application form matches the information from previous employers, schools/colleges and government agencies.
  • Eligibility to Work Check – verifies the documents provided to ensure you have the legal right to work in the UK.
  • Basic DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service Checks) – provides information on any unspent criminal convictions (this was previously known as CRB check).
  • Academic Qualification Check – verifies your qualifications with the awarding body.
The process

If you accept our offer for a role that requires a pre-employment check, you’ll receive an email giving you full instructions. You’ll be asked to log-in to The Security Watchdog site where you’ll complete a Declaration of Consent Form and an online screening form. It should take no more than 30 minutes and needs to be done as soon as possible (maximum three days for completion). We can’t give you a start date until all the checks have been completed.

Usually this process is very straight-forward. Occasionally, TSW may need to contact you to ask for additional information or documentation – they’ll do so by email or telephone.

Data Protection

Every measure is taken to ensure that your data is handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU Directive 95/46/EC.

TSW will hold all the information you provide for the purpose of background screening only. The results will be sent to John Lewis Partnership who will inform you of the outcome.

You can find out full details of how TSW will handle and manage your data on their website: www.securitywatchdog.org.uk

The background screening results will be sent to John Lewis Partnership who will inform you of the outcome. John Lewis Partnership will hold your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU Directive 95/46/EC.

Looking for more?

There is a lot to take in when applying for a new job. If you’re still looking for guidance or require reasonable adjustments to support you, please contact our helpful recruitment team on 0345 610 0370. Alternatively, the following resources may help…


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