November 29, 2020 | Internal

Advice for your Trial Day

Some employers feel that in order to see a potential employee’s full range of abilities, they should be assessed in their natural working habitat. This can be a great way for both parties to really get a feel for their potential work situation – and for you to decide whether this is a practice you really want to work for. Thast why we have pulled together some trial day advice so you can be at your best on the day

Many trial days last for 2-3 hours, to give you a taster of the workload. Others last for the entire working day.

If you are asked to take part in a trial day, you should make sure you are actually permitted to do so under your contract with your current employer. You’ll also need to find out if you’ll need additional insurance for working on different premises. It’s worth finding this out as soon as possible.

Assuming you can take part, you should consider what you are likely to demonstrate on the day. For example, is there a particular task in this vacancy that you perhaps don’t use every day in your current role? If so, it’s a good idea to refresh yourself in advance of the day.

Shadow days

If there are legal impracticalities preventing a trial day, you could consider a shadow day as an alternative. Although you won’t be able to demonstrate your practical skills, this will still allow you to gain an insight into the practice and will give you the opportunity to ask any further questions.

Whether you take part in a trial or a shadow day, it’s really important to remember that this is essentially an extension of the interview(s). Each party should be thoroughly assessing the other, so you should make sure you are well prepared – not only to give a great impression, but to ask any questions you may have about the position.

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November 29, 2020 | Internal