So I applied for a Trainee position at a respectable Recruitment agency in the West Midlands.
I firstly went for a group interview. There was maybe 20 people there. They informed us that they had already completed 3 group interviews in the week, not including this one, so 80+ applicants. They were looking for 10 potential employees.
So, as is the way with the world, the loud, brash and arrogant people stood out during the interview. They were the most memorable. I stayed professional, concise and business-like. But, as many might say, pretty 'normal'.
So following the interview I gave the lady in charge an email, stating that as the job would be on an individual basis (I.e you wouldn't be working within a team, but on your own, creating your own business) I thought I could give her a lot more If i was given the chance.
Now, whether it was luck or she admired my email, I landed the job. Kind of.
I'm going in tomorrow, for a 'trial day'.
Now, it's unpaid. That doesn't bother me. It's 9 until 6. That doesn't bother me.
What does, however, is the obscurity concerning whether I have actually...got... the job? What is even more confusing was, during the group interview, a manager said that 'if you were to be called for a trial day, you've pretty much got the job. We're just making sure you're comfortable in the office and with your team first'. But, when the lady called me to inform me of the trial day, she then said 'So after Friday we'll give you a call Monday and let you know if you've been successful'.
I mean... is that their way of saying 'as long as you don't secretly have a violent case of epilepsy or tend to start small fires in the workplace, we'll offer you the job officially on Monday'.
Or.... 'Yeah, you're still up against a few people, this is 'the next stage' as it were.'
As I said, conflicting ideas. To cite the confirmation email...
"The day will give you a fantastic opportunity to ‘trial’ the role, and meet with and get to know the team which you would be working with"
How do you guys read that? Mixed emotions hence why I ask... might be the nerves regarding tomorrow.
Trial day? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 02-12-2010 19:43
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- CV Helper
- 02-12-2010 21:28
You haven't got the job, but they like the look of you. Usually on a trial day, which is before the job offer, you are just competing against yourself. They will probably only have invited the 10 they want to do a trial, and just want to check how you gel with the team and what the team thinks of you.
Although knowing their intentions for sure might calm your nerves, it won't change what you do tomorrow or how you perform, so don't worry about it. Go there and do your best.