Argos currently employ 34,000 people, and expect that figure to increase throughout 2012. The reason behind their massive success is that they offer a unique shopping experience with thousands of products under one roof, recognised by their customers for choice, value and convenience.
Argos is part of Home Retail Group, which includes Homebase, Home Store & More and most recently Habitat.
Argos Graduate Schemes come in two forms – Argos Graduate Leadership Programme and the Home Retail Group Finance Graduate Programme.
On either course you’ll have an excellent opportunity to train and develop, to learn about the business inside out. There will be a number of challenges across the store to keep you busy.
The Argos Graduate Leadership Programme you’ll have an opportunity to get a really progress your career over a 24 month period. Only four candidates are selected to start the programme every year, so you can be sure that this Argos training will receive the necessary attention from senior managers.
The Home Retail Group Finance Graduate Programme offers a variety of challenges to train its future finance leaders. Graduates recruited onto the scheme are trained by the company’s accredited trainers in either ACCA or CIMA qualifications which will take about 3 years to complete.
What’s the Recruitment Process?
Applications are usually considered in the first quarter of the year for the course to commence in August. The first step is to apply online via the Home Retail Group graduate website https://www.greatcareers.co.uk/jobs_hrg/financegrad/home-retail-group-graduate-home-page.aspx. Fill in the online questionnaire and attach your updated CV and cover letter.
If your application has been successful you will be contacted to arrange a convenient time and date for a telephone interview. This is to get a better understanding of your background and skills to ensure you are a suitable candidate.
Successful candidates will then be asked to attend a face-to-face interview at the Head Office in Milton Keynes where you will be asked to undertake a numerical reasoning ability test and also get an opportunity to meet the finance managers.
The final stage is the Argos Assessment Centre where you will be expected to carry out some group and individual tasks. It will be to your advantage if you have visited both an Argos and a Homebase store as some of the challenges will be tailored to the shopping experience in these stores.
What do I need to apply?
In order to be considered for the Argos Graduate Programme you will need a 2.1 degree in a suitable course, where numerical and analytical capabilities will be an advantage, a minimum of 280 UCAS points and be permitted to work in the UK.