What you need to know about trial shifts

Published on: Wed, 11 Aug 2021
By: Rachael, redwigwam

Let’s talk about trial shifts… 

In roles such as Warehouse and Hospitality, once you’ve passed the general screening process you may be invited in for a trial shift. Don’t panic! Trial shifts aren’t as scary as they seem - they’re designed to benefit both you and the employer. 

Whether you’re curious about how trial shifts work, or you have one lined up already – we’ve answered the most common questions! 


Is a trial shift a good sign? 

Yes! If you are invited to a trial shift, this is a good sign. Despite the negative connotations that come with trial shifts, they’re actually a great way of getting to know the business and whether the role is for you or not. It also gives you a chance to show off your skills, rather than sitting down in an interview and just explaining them! 

Trial shifts are not something put in place to embarrass or scare you, it’s quite the opposite. Lots of workers come out of these shifts feeling confident, and if you’re offered the job – your first day will feel a little less daunting.  


What happens after a trial shift? 

Whilst every trial shift is different, once you’ve completed your allotted time, the manager will thank you for your time & let you know they’ll be in touch. You may be given the job on the spot, but it’s more likely you’ll receive a phone call the next day to ask you when you can start. If you don’t hear back after a week, give them a call and see if they’re still taking you on – the worst thing they can say is no! 

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What if I am rejected after a trial shift? 

As bad as it may feel when you get rejected from a trial shift, reflect on the experience and move onto the next opportunity! We’d recommend asking the employer why they turned you down. Is there anything you could do better? What did a successful candidate do to pass? Remember, every rejection is one step closer to a job that’s right for you.  


Does a trial shift mean I get the job? 

Sadly, no. A trial shift is an opportunity for both you and the employer to see if you’re right for the role, as well as members of the current team deciding if you’d fit in. If you’ve been offered a trial shift, it’s definitely a positive thing though! The employer has shown initial interest and now wants to see you in action. If you need any tips on what not to do on a trial shift, check out our blog here. 


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