A step-by-step guide to L'Oréal's application form
There are five steps to L’Oréal’s graduate recruitment process:
- Online application form (candidates should receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of submission)
- Online psychometric test
- First-round interview
- Assessment centre
- Two final-round interviews
L’Oréal doesn’t provide details about how long the application process takes. However, previous applicants say that it can take several months just to secure an assessment centre date, due in part to the high volume of applications the company receives (estimates put the figure in the thousands). This also means that there is no feedback provided for candidates who are unsuccessful at the application form stage.
Filling out L’Oréal’s online application form
Completing the online application form involves registering with the site and working through a number of sections – a process which takes around 30 to 40 minutes. The form can be saved and returned to at a later date, and the system automatically times out if inactive for more than 30 minutes.
- Name and contact details.
- Application details – how you found the site, dates of availability, and any previous applications.
- Submit CV and covering letter – both can be either uploaded or typed/pasted into the box provided. NB: The covering letter is optional, but it may be a good idea to include one if you feel you have more to add. Check out TARGETjobs' covering letter essentials if you need help to make your letter stand out.
- Degree information – including institution, discipline and result.
- Work experience.
- Submit supporting documents – up to three documents of a maximum of 1,000 KB each.
- Equal opportunities.
L’Oréal states that the application is assessed primarily on the basis of education and work experience. However, it also notes that involvement in extracurricular activities or relevant industry experience are particularly valuable.
Following submission of the application form, candidates are asked to complete an online psychometric test. This is usually a numerical reasoning test lasting around 20 minutes. There are various practice tests available online, which should help with preparation.
Online game: ‘Reveal’
Not technically part of the application process (but worth considering), in 2011 the company set up an online game called Reveal, which allows potential applicants to try their hand at a number of virtual business tasks. It is designed to replicate real-life scenarios in five different L’Oréal departments and aims to identify which area of the business candidates are best suited to. Unfortunately the prizes and rewards for playing have long since expired, but the game remains online should any aspiring graduates wish to try it.