I worked at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits part-time (More than a year)
Flexible hours, fun work atmosphere, very little physically demanding tasks. Great place to expand wine, spirits, and beer knowledge
Standard retail cons - holiday rushes primarily
Advice to Management
Update inventory management systems
I applied online. I interviewed at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits (Jacksonville, FL) in October 2015.
It was advertised as a Job Fair at one of the better ABC stores in Jacksonville, FL. In effect, it was a "cattle call" and the assembled applicants ranged in age and experience. The understaffed HR unit on hand took 3 hours to process the application pool while apologizing for the delays.
Some of the interviews could be overheard by the assembled who politely said nothing. How many people heard one of the applicants trying to play down their fraud charges? It was amusing at times.
Realizing that the HR staff was really performing a triage method of weeding out the pool minimized the laughter. Everyone got a first interview, usually with an experienced store manager. If that went well, then the applicants met with the HR Recruiter.
The interviewers acted with business professionalism and they were right to the point: what can you do for us? Are you available holidays and weekends? Is there anything we will find in your background check? And, of course…can you lift 50 lbs.?
My first interview was very comfortable in 20 minutes with a seasoned manager from a local store in the greater Jacksonville, FL area.
Upon my second interview, I learned the position I had applied for, Wine Consultant, which was openly posted here in Glassdoor and on their site, did not actually exist. Nor did the advertised salary potential of $30k-80k. ABC was looking for hourly workers to push their beer and wine.
I found that to be disappointing. With a wealth of proven experience, references, and classical wine training, I thought I must have been in the wrong building or that I had possibly fallen for an unexpected "bait and switch" game.
My interview ended after their admission that the job did not exist and the faint reference that they would call me in a few weeks.
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