Written on: 24/04/2012 by Quiggers44 (1 review written)
Straight off the bat, I was "unsuccessful" at the review day so take this review how you will. (I will explain the use of quotation marks below)
I was contacted by Pareto after they found my CV on one of the job sites I have it listed on. They called me about the "graduate sales position" I had applied for, which is BS as I am an engineering grad I had only applied for engineering roles. But I looked through the site and found an engineering based job so I applied for it and was put onto the assessment day. To be fair I wasn't as prepared as I should have been and I didn't fit in with the salesmen so I did poorly. Even though I had applied for an engineering role I had to pretend that I wanted a sales position and had to answer questions accordingly. At the end of it I was told I was unsuccessful (no shock really) but the next day I was asked if I wanted to go to the interview anyway! Obviously they don't have many engineers on their books. My contact at pareto rang me daily before the interview to make sure I was prepared which was useful. However once I had attended the interview I never heard from him or anyone at Pareto again, not even a quick email/text to say I was unsuccessful which to me is highly unprofessional and highlights the selfish sales driven mentality of the employees. Two months later (yesterday) I got an email about another "job opportunity" with them and I told them to stop emailing me.
Overall, I'm sure it works for some but you should go in there with a specific job in mind and don't take all their sales doubletalk too seriously. I'm glad I did the assessment day but only as practice for assessment days with better companies. Remember they are a sales company and you are the commodity they are selling!
P.S. As one of the other unsuccessful candidates pointed out to me, on average the better looking candidates got accepted and us "uggos" were rejected! Obviously I can't claim its company policy but it apparently doesn't hurt your chances if you happen to look like you belong in a fashion magazine!