A group of four pupils from the Intermediate 2 Retail class were invited for interviews for extended work placements at Harvey Nichols at St Andrews Square, Edinburgh on 3rd October.
“At 11.30am we jumped into a taxi and headed off uptown accompanied by Mr Donegan. The window displays were the first thing we noticed as we arrived and we spent 10 minutes admiring the high fashion offered by Harvey Nichols. It must have cost thousands of pounds to put up these window displays. On entering the shop we were met by security, who by chance, was an ex-Portobello pupil from 5 years ago, so we got a warm welcome.
Mr Donegan suggested we have a quick look around the store and merchandise to familiarise ourselves with it, just in case we were asked about the store. All of us took a particular interest in MAC and Benefit Cosmetics (except Mr D). Harvey Nichols sells nothing but top brands. They are at the luxury end of the market.
Soon we were invited to report downstairs to the basement area reception and presented with security tags. Shortly after, we were met by Melissa (Human Resources Manager) and Emma from the store. We were given 5 minutes to prepare ourselves for an interview. Some of us started panicking. During the interview we were asked various questions but it was all done in a friendly but professional way. We all learned from the experience”.
Amy Henderson and Chloe Anderson (who wrote the section above) were successful and were offered the two available training places. Both of them were delighted to be given this opportunity. Melissa offered all pupils feedback on their interviews and comments on strengths and development points. The whole Retail class have also been invited for a tour in November and are really looking forward to that.