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cheapskatemum Sat 28-May-16 22:23:36

I currently work through an agency, but the office moved 20 miles further away from where I live and in doing so they seemed to lose all the local places I used to work in. Now every place I work in is over 20 miles away from where I live and I don't get a mileage allowance.

So I went for an interview for a permanent job 15 miles away from my house. I was interviewed by the area manager of the company. It went really well and she offered me a job on the spot, but pointed out that they also had a site nearer to where I live and suggested I looked round it to see if that would suit me better. She phoned that place up while I was still with her and we arranged with the manager a time for me to visit, which was immediately after I finished voluntary work I do, which is along similar lines to the paid work (it's how I got into this type of work, I started doing it as a volunteer first). It can get quite messy, so I was wearing casual clothes, when I went there, whereas I was smartly attired for the first interview. On arrival, the manager sat me down in her office and proceeded to interview me - one or two of the questions were even the same as those in the previous interview with the area manager! In hindsight, I should have spoken up there and then to say that I was only there to look around as I had already been interviewed, but I was confused, so just went along with it. Anyway, I've received an email saying that on this occasion I haven't been successful. I wonder if they thought I wasn't a serious candidate as I'd turned up in jeans.

I'm really confused as to what to do now. Obviously I want the original job - that's the one I applied for, I was offered it and I don't mind that it's 15 miles away. To be honest, I preferred that place to the other one as well, though it would have been nice to work locally for a change. But how do I go about accepting it without either
a) letting the area manager know that the manager who turned me down had forgotten what had originally been agreed, or
b) seeming to hide the fact that I've been turned down by the second place? I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Thank you for reading this far!

BeautifulMaudOHara Sat 28-May-16 22:24:54

Speak to the first person, who offered you the job and ask them to clarify

cheapskatemum Sat 28-May-16 22:42:31

Thank you for replying, Beautiful, do you mean clarify exactly what I was going to the other place to do? She (the first person, the area manager) wasn't cc'd in the rejecting email, so I'm not sure she knows about it.

Acornantics Sat 28-May-16 22:47:48

If you've been offered a job, even verbally, then I presume this should still be valid. I'd just call the first person and ask them to clarify that you've been offered the position, and ask them to clarify which office you'll be working from.

noeuf Sat 28-May-16 22:57:57

Email the area manager and say you were really pleased to be offered a job, and did go to look at the nearer office, but are slightly confused to have received a letter saying you were unsuccessful and could she clarify? Make it clear you are happy to travel to the first office.

cheapskatemum Sat 28-May-16 23:17:12

Thank you both. I would prefer to email, like noeuf has suggested, mainly because I can do it in my own time and word it carefully. If I phone her it would have to be in office hours, I can't do it until Tuesday, because of the bank holiday, I'll probably stumble and stutter because I'll find it a difficult conversation and it's half term, so I'll have kids around me! But thanks again all of you flowers you're all using the word clarify. That makes perfect sense. It's not an office, it's a care home, I didn't want to give too much away initially.

BeautifulMaudOHara Sat 28-May-16 23:18:26

Agree with noef, good luck!

cheapskatemum Sat 28-May-16 23:25:05

Thanks again, Beautful

noeuf Sun 29-May-16 08:25:07

Yes good luck. No harm in emailing over the BH btw. Only thing is avoid emailing late at night etc - I'm always a bit confused if I see someone sent an email at 2am for example unless it's deadline sensitive and I'm expecting it.

cheapskatemum Sun 29-May-16 23:42:25

No chance of that, I'll be sparko! But thanks for the additional advice, nonetheless.

cheapskatemum Mon 30-May-16 21:54:31

Just reporting back: the area manager replied to my email today, confirming that the job at the first care home is still available to me. I have to arrange a time to take in the documents needed for them to do a DBS check. So thanks again folks for your good advice.

noeuf Mon 30-May-16 23:29:21

Excellent! Well done.

BeautifulMaudOHara Mon 30-May-16 23:45:39


jclm Tue 31-May-16 02:49:57

Congrats hun x

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