After making it past the resume short listing round, I was invited to a group seminar at the Chadstone shopping centre store. It was scheduled at 5:15 PM. I arrived 15 minutes early at 5 PM. The seminar didn’t until 5:30 PM, but that didn’t bother me
We all sat the middle of the store while during the presentation all the evil late teen looking staff stood around the perimeter of the store analyzing us and would cast a vote who gets a telephone interview after the job seekers left.
The area manager spoke well and showed a projector presentation.
However, we were then asked:
- To get one our job seeking competitors to introduce us and vice verse. The staff then introduced themselves.
- Questions like ‘if you could on a TV show what would it be and what character would you be?
- To number a list of items in order of priority if you were stranded on the moon. (Halfway into writing our answers, only then they asked us to work in groups.)
- Finally to fill a questionnaire form with questions normally asked in a first interview. This turned out a waste of my time since the kiddy employee selection committee voted against me. While filling it out, I overheard the Eastland stores young female manager and assistant manager saying ‘What’s his name?’ followed by my name.
The area manager told us the next stage was a phone interview and promised us he would call us by the end of the week. I asked him if he would be able to contact me on Friday since I do retail volunteer work at a Salvation Army store on Thursday’s and he said that would be fine.
I put a lot of planning into a phone interview and waited for a call on Friday. At 5:30 PM I decided to ring the area manager. Despite emailing me for the group seminar and having my phone and mobile numbers on my resume he claimed he was trying to contact me, but didn’t get my number.
He told me he doesn’t work in the stores after telling us stories about him satisfying customers during the seminar and that the staff cast a vote. He told me in the short listing I didn’t make the phone interview.
I asked him for some feedback and he said the only things written under my name were ‘Volunteer’ and ‘got a girlfriend’
So here’s the deal guys. Either the young female manager or assistant manager at Eastland’s Athletes foot is looking for a boyfriend. If you ask her for her phone number, you might get a part-time or full-time job.
Athletes Foot sucks. I won’t be shopping there ever again.