It’s been exactly a week since I applied for every single job at Argos Head Office.
I was driven to this rather drastic course of action after Alicia Lawes of the Argos Direct E-Commerce Customer Service Team informed me that she is unable to tell me how many blue ballpoint pens are used in Argos stores every year as this information is “business sensitive” and “is not disclosed to anyone outside of the company”. Obviously, if I want to find the answer to my question, I need to get a job on the inside.
The automated reply to each of my applications informed me that:
A member of our team will aim to respond within 2 weeks to advise you whether we will be progressing your application.
However, it only took a single day before I heard that my application for the position of Reporting Analyst had been unsuccessful.
Since then, I haven’t heard anything from Argos. This can only be a good sign. If they replied immediately to say I didn’t get the Reporting Analyst role, the fact I haven’t heard anything about the other jobs for a whole week must mean they are seriously considering my applications. In fact, given that I applied for ten other jobs apart from the Reporting Analyst one, I’d say it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll soon be working at Argos.
The job adverts on the Argos website didn’t actually mention salary, instead simply saying:
£ Competitive salary + excellent benefits
I suppose they would decide salary dependent on experience and the suitability of the candidate. The fact that I have my pick of ten jobs at Argos puts me in an excellent negotiating position. I imagine there would be some kind of bidding war, each department desperate to win my favour with offers of high wages and other perks. I must not let this distract me from my real goal, of course. I must find the answer to my original question. Everything else is secondary. Although, in case anyone at Argos is reading this, a private office would be quite nice.