Do you have a trial shift coming up? Probably, you clicked the title! Or maybe you’re nosey and just want to know – either way, welcome!
Trial shifts are a great opportunity to show your skills and wow your potential manager, having already impressed them in the initial interview stage. But how do you show them that you truly have what it takes? You’re about to find out!
1 – Before the shift, make your first impression count
Whether this is in a bar or restaurant, a hotel or even a cup of tea to meet the team you may work for; first impressions will last on everyone.
Come in with a smile (I know you’re thinking come on, this is obvious, and it is, but sentences need to start somewhere!) and introduce yourself to everyone on the floor, they could be your new team and work fam, so it makes a whole world of difference if they can report back to your potential employer to say how well you got on with them. Also, ask as many questions as you can, show that you’re eager to learn!
2 – Make the most of the time you’re given
Chances are, you’ll be left to your own devices so they can see your initiative and pro-activity. Try and float around each section of the business – for example if it’s bar work then figure out where things are, serve some drinks, clean up a little and talk to the team, or if it’s front of house, spend time at the door, interact with the team in the kitchen and talk with customers.
This will show your willingness to learn, but also your willingness to actually work (weirdly enough, they love that 😉). Make sure your presence is known and carry yourself confidently to show you’re comfortable in the environment; some places can be high pressure, so it’s good to show that you can take the heat! Build relationships and rapport when you get the opportunity.
3 – End it on a high
After the trial, have a chat with whoever was seeing over the shift and discuss your performance, how you felt about everything and anything you wish to bring up; be positive about what you think you did well, now isn’t the time to downplay your work!
Seek out feedback, whether it’s positive or negative, as it’ll help your growth regardless – and be sure to say a nice goodbye and to thank them for their time (maybe even a cheeky see you soon 😎) because a positive lasting impression is the last thing to win them over with!
Also, have fun and take every positive you can of the experience, regardless of outcome!
Do you have any tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below!