My trial at Amici Bakery Cafe was only supposed to be 10-12, but the girl didn't tell me to go until 1, and so I was a bit annoyed that at first she didn't offer me anything for my work. I pretended I wanted to buy a chai latte so that they would offer me it for free, and then she came up and said I could choose something from the counter so I was a bit happier (although some of the delicious looking hot dishes would have been nicer). She said I learnt very quickly, and she could tell I had worked in hospitality before, although they were probably looking for someone whose around a bit longer and the shifts would only be at the weekends and the odd weekday, which could work if I got the job as a second job, but she will tell me in a week or two.
I thought my trial at Cafe Sienna later on was 6 - 10 pm, which seemed quite a long trial anyway, but I didn't end up finishing until 12! At first Arnie, the new manager, seemed really friendly, but when he started training me he was a bit of a Gok Wan lookalike nightmare. It seemed like as he had just been appointed and was in charge of a new training program that he had got a bit power hungry and wanting to impose a really strict way of training people., making them feel s*** about their abilities (as Jess, the girl I walked home with, agreed). When he was going through the table numbers he explained that table 12 was normally in one place, but had been put behind the glass tonight so that they could keep the cold out, and so throughout the night asked me where table 12 to which I'd reply "behind the glass", which really isn't that hard to remember. I was running drinks, and also getting water and glasses for any new customers. I was looking around tables to check that everyone had enough water, and then when I returned back to the drinks station, he was having a go at me for not looking at his eyes as he wanted to tell me to follow him with water to an outside table, but I didn't know where the table was so thought he meant to follow him and then come back for water as he turned without giving me a chance to get the water. I tried to take it all in though as even if I don't get this job, his suggestions will only help me improve as a waitress, especially as he has experience in fine dining. Me and Jess had a b**** about him as I walked to the tram stop with her- she had just moved to Melbourne too and had gone a bit crazy applying for jobs- she already had a modelling job, a cafe job, this job and then had succeeded in getting a sales job that was Monday- Friday and so was planning to leave this job. It turned out that she was on my RSA course but I don't think either of us recognised one another. I hadn't been told how much we got paid, but we walked past 'La Camera' where the boss told me I was only getting paid $1 more per hour. Luckily I don't think he remembered that I had told him I was busy on Thursday night and so couldn't work for him.