Anyone worked in a bureau de change?

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  1. DrPhil

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    I have an interview tomorrow. Anything in particular I should know?
     
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    Am a 20 year accountant, had to change calculators cos the numbers I was working with in current job went over it's 8 digits, but still takes me about 20 minutes to work out if I should be looking at a buy or sell price when I am going on my hols........ You prob need to know more than me about that bit. Good luck fella
     
  3. Mr_Wistles

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    Don't get your currency codes mixed up. I once when into a Bureau de Change asking for MYR and was given the rate for ZAR. I said I would take every single one they had (planning to walk next door and sell them for a 200% profit).

    Unfortunately they realised the error of their ways.
     
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    i guess the most obvious one would be which countries use what currency
     
  6. shahedz

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    You knocking Nursing on the head? Or is this a part time job?
     
  7. DrPhil

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    I'm not a nurse!

    It's a part time job (another one).

    Interview was ok. They're calling back the top 6 next week for a sort of practical exam, see how we are handling money etc.
     
  8. Chox1988

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    Make sure you can count money quickly and accurately, sounds easy but ive had to do it a few times and i was laughably slow, couldnt work the stuff in my hands, shows how used to handling cash i am :laugh:
     
  9. DrPhil

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    They actually did have me count some money during the interview. Just short of 3000 euros.

    They also asked what my mental arithmetic was like and then asked me what change I would give a customer if they were buying a certain amount of sterling with euro. Basically I had to quickly do 140.00 - 127.56 in my head.
     
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    I wouldn't have thought that would be necessary?

    I imagine it would by like using any currency converter app.

    Select the countries, then enter the amount.

    Am on the right lines DrPhil?
     
  11. DrPhil

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    Dunno. I'll tell you if I get the job!
     
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    Good luck with it.
     
  13. shahedz

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    Why did I think you was a nurse, must be going nuts.

    Good luck!
     
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    Well Dr, how'd you get on?
     
  15. DrPhil

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    Not bad I think. Should hear by the weekend if I make the final 6.

    One thing that worries me is that they wanted to know what I got in Junior Cert maths. I had only listed a summary on my CV of the number of Bs, Cs etc. Presumably they're after the equivalent of C at GCSE level.

    Except that even knowing what I got in Junior Cert Math, doesn't answer that question. I don't think GCSE has higher and ordinary level like the Irish Junior Cert does?

    So if I got a D in higher level Math, is that not equivalent, while a C at ordinary level is?

    Anyway they asked what I got and I couldn't remember which was which. I offered to check and call later but they said it wasn't important. I just hope they don't cross me off due to the uncertainty.

    Would be a little daft. Junior Cert / GCSE Math ability has bugger all impact on a 33 year old's ability to handle money compared to 6 years experince in retail!
     
  16. DrPhil

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    And indeed I did.

    Interview stage 2 is Monday afternoon.
     
  17. Chox1988

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    nice one, what did they have you do then? Did they say what the next stage entails?
     
  18. imightbewrong

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    good luck
     
  19. DrPhil

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    They said at the first interview that the purpose was to see how I am handling money.

    Already counted some at the first interview so not sure what the next stage is.

    Possibly want to see if I can spot a fake etc.
     
  20. DrPhil

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    Second interview done.

    10 scenarios, basically transactions and I had to give the change and the conversion with a staff member playing the customer. All sterling to Euro and vice versa. Made 1 mistake in a count but caught it before handing over to the customer so hopefully it didn't cost me.

    No fake notes (that I spotted anyway) but they did throw in a sneaky one, the "customer" gave me 310 euro but it was actually 320 so I spotted it and gave the extra 10 back.

    Should know tomorrow.
     
  21. kav

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    Good luck Dr P. Do you mind if I ask why you're considering moving on? Are you still doing two jobs?
     
  22. DrPhil

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    This interview is for a 3rd job...

    Due to the scheduling conflicts I mentioned in a past thread, my main job are forcing me to reduce to part time. This job will (if I get it) pick up the slack a bit!
     
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    !
     
  24. kav

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    :eek: That's unreal, fair play I don't know how you do it. Would you not be better trying to find one full-time role to complement your main part-time job?
     
  25. imightbewrong

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    Or cut back on a few things :) Doesn't SWMBO have two jobs too? That's a lorra jobs for two people :eek:
     
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    I did two jobs at the start of this year. Almost killed me....but 3!!!
     
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    I've been doing 2 jobs for 10 years.

    Currently I'm full time in 1, part time (about 18 hours a week) in 2.

    Job 1 are making me go part time because I had been doubling up and working midnight straight through to 5pm. So I'm dropping 18.75 hours.

    Potential job 3 is 16 a week and flexible hours so I'd be keeping pretty much the same hours as I'm on now but without the double shifts etc. I'll have more time off and less tiredness but will also not drop too much in pay.

    I'll basically be doing 3 part time jobs.

    Plus I won't be on the wrong side of the working time regulations anymore!
    2 more years of this and I'll be able to drop right down to 1 job and relax.

    Wife works a second job too but only 2-3 shifts a month so not a big issue.
     
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    Bugger.

    Maybe next time!
     
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    :(
     
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    Why do you work yourself so hard with 3 jobs? Are you financially unstable, do you need all 3 to make ends meet?
     

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