Then, after I got the job, I had to tell them I couldn't do it, because term had started due to the lengthy process (I had applied about 2 months before term time, but this was the last in a series of about 4 'tests'). I mainly wanted to see if I could be successful in such a stupid thing.
First of all, I'll just ask now if I'm the only person who hasn't
been through the Asda interview process (if our friends from continental Europe say they have then I'll start feeling left out on a major milestone of life).
And second, declining a job offer is one of the most bittersweet experiences out there. I went to an interview in London earlier this year in a high-quality building (view of Wembley Stadium out the window), low-quality office (except a conference room which FIFA would be proud of). The company (must have called themselves by at least 3 different names through the process) didn't give any wage rates on the advert (writing job) so I went thinking a London salary would be worth the time and maybe even moving there.
They contacted me a few days later with an offer that was minimum wage (give or take) 'plus commission', and above-standard hours, all on 'contractor' agreement (making me unprotected in any of the 'legal matters' of employment
). And expected at least 4 years of unwritten loyalty from a worker before they even thought of moving on (they said they understood I might want to at some point, but for now they'd expect me to show some gratitude for their opportunity).
The manager told me in the interview his entire office had computer screen readers and biometric scanners installed (clock in/out of a room with thumbprint, etc.). Official line was 'health & safety', but he added the unofficial line 'keeping an eye on everyone', all mobile phones and 'personal belongings' were to be stored in pigeonholes during work hours as well. Once the offer came through, it was fairly easy to politely decline
. Had to write an article for them as part of the interview as well (before I got to hear more about the place) so they at least got a 400+ word piece out of me for free... for their money they'd have been expecting me to do 8 of those per day... strange thing was that it all felt entirely reasonable while I was in there...
P.S. - What kind of 'presentation' did you both have to do? Seems to me like one of those skills that goes nowhere near 'till/shelves'.