Company Overview: Boots the pharmacy chain started in 1849, and is now part of Alliance Boots which is an international pharmacy and beauty Group. Their mission is ‘to make people look and feel better than they ever thought possible’. They are committed to customer care, and offer their customers the points card ‘Boots Advantage’ so that people can collect points from shopping at Boots and spend them on another purchase. They also have an ‘only at Boots’ range where the products are exclusive to Boots.
Boots have 2,500 health and beauty stores across the country; statistically 90% of the UK population are thought to be within 10 minutes of a Boots store! They are continuously looking to expand their pharmacy stores in particular so that there is one in every community. Boots also have an online shopping store.
How to apply
Their website www.boots.jobs brings you to a homepage with links to a wealth of information about working at Boots. The ‘Search and apply’ link is at the top of the page and this leads you to a further link for ‘Boots Jobs in UK and Ireland’. There is the option to register with their jobs website or you can ‘search for openings’ to look at the list of current vacancies. There are also tabs at the top of this page to specifically look at vacancies by job type, for example their Head Office jobs or Pharmacy jobs.
The ‘search for openings’ link brings you to a number of search criteria such as location or hours per week, or simply clicking on ‘search’ at the bottom of the page will bring up all vacancies. Clicking on each job position brings you to a job description and skills they are looking for. You can then hit ‘Apply for role’ button to apply online or ‘Save’ the job to re-visit later.
Boots are known for their range of beauty and pharmaceutical products so visit a Boots store before the interview to get a feel for what they sell, and do your company research on their website beforehand. They are looking for people with attention to detail so this is a way that you can show that. Come to the interview very well presented and arrive on time.
Show that you understand why great customer service is important, and how you have used customer service skills in the past. Be open and friendly in the interview, as you will be working as part of a team at Boots so they will want to know that you have great interpersonal skills.
Salary ranges are not specified for each job vacancy so this is something to think about before the interview. Let the interviewer bring up this topic first!
The benefits of working for Boots include:
Boots are not very specific about the benefits package you will receive so this is something that you can ask about at interview stage.