Friday, March 07, 2008


I have on occasion mentioned that I am a fan of John Lewis and I suspect that today all its employees are having announced yesterday that its employees are getting a 20% bonus. 20%!! Wow. It makes my head of unit paying for a few drinks at Christmas pale by comparison.

Anyway, whilst I don’t really see my future career working for John Lewis – although I have now suggested that G gets a job there (bonuses plus a staff discount!) – I have passed the first hurdle on getting a new job. Yesterday I got a letter saying that I had made it through the sift and was on the shortlist for the job I applied for. I am actually impressed with how quickly they wrote to me to tell me. However, the interview will not be until the end of April, as some people have to sit exams first and they have to wait for those to be finished before they can hold the interviews.

I am hoping that a few people will drop out due to the time lag until the interviews and it is unlikely everyone will pass the exams, so hopefully this will whittle down the competition. I sat my exams about five years ago (I can’t believe it was that long ago...) and I think they are worse now then they were then. Not necessarily harder, but you just have to do role plays and all sorts of other things that sound horrible. I am so glad that I don’t have to sit the exams again. I am so pleased to have made it through the sift, so now I am going to turn my mind to preparing for the interview. I think I will have to give a presentation, which is fine, but I really want to read around the subject and make sure I have a broad enough knowledge that I have a view on anything they might ask me. I really want this job and was so pleased to have go this far, so I want to stand the best chance of getting the job.

I can’t remember if I have mentioned this site before, but this is a great site if you want to know what you’re looking at when you gaze up at the night sky. It teaches how to identify the constellations. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way.

Update: The links should now be fixed. I think I was tired when I wrote this...


titration said...

1) So glad I don't have to find a job right now. Wow.

2) Your constellations site isn't working. I want to see it.

Tom Foolery said...

Good luck with the preparation. The PIC has an interview on Monday.(if offered the job, employer says happy to wait for the redundancy release date of the end of July. Just hope this is a good sign. Have a great weekend. TFX :)

Spudgy said...

I'm now very intrigued as to what line of work your in!

Random Reflections said...

titration - I am actually quite excited by the prospect of getting a new job (this one in particular). But it can be quite gruelling.

Sorry, you're right the link wasn't working. It should work now.

TF - I hope it goes well for the PIC. They sound keen.

spudgy - I could tell you - but then I'd have to kill you.

A good weekend all.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the application.

Random Reflections said...

LKSn - Thanks. I hope the hard work turns out to be worth it.