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...