Throughout 2015, 2016 and early 2017 we supported Lidl team members at graduate recruitment fairs up and down the country to encourage prospective graduates and undergraduates to apply to the schemes. In combination with media advertising provided by OnlineMediaExperts, this helped to attract the highest calibre of candidates.
We worked closely with assessment solution provider cut-e to devise assessment material that would help to map the suitability of each candidate against Lidl’s requirements. Together we set up two tests for each scheme, which candidates would be prompted to complete once they had submitted their application and CV through the online portal. The tests measured their numerical reasoning (data processing ability) and situational judgement (how they would behave in various real life scenarios) and the results were benchmarked against existing graduate employees.
For maximum efficiency, we would only screen the CVs of the candidates who passed the tests. The most promising candidates would then go forward for a telephone interview, where our trained interviewers would assess their behaviours, motivation and communication skills against a measurable framework.
Those who passed the telephone interview stage were offered the opportunity to attend one of our assessment centres across the country.
“At the assessment centres, we supported Lidl staff to assess the graduate candidates through interviews and group exercises, designed to assess their behaviour and measure their aptitude,” explains recruitment project manager, Camilla Booth.
“Our applicant tracking system (ATS) helped us manage and monitor the process to ensure we met Lidl’s goal of providing candidates with a seamless recruitment experience. We understand the importance of feedback for young people just starting out in their careers, so we made sure candidates felt free to ask questions at any stage of their candidate journey.”