My first day at Groupon HQ was to start slightly differently to those during the competition. I arrived via bicycle as opposed to cab or train and instead of being part of a group of excitable candidates, I was alone.
I was initially very nervous about seeing Groupon ‘Insider’ Matt North, as the last time we’d seen each other was following the big reveal, oh the lies! I have to admit, seeing him working with his sales team was a bit surreal but after the grand tour of the office and a chat about the madness of being on both sides of the ultimate interview, it was like being with an old friend. I already felt right at home.
As well as The Insider himself, I was slightly apprehensive about seeing company directors Emma Coleman and Richard Jones. At our last meeting (on the day I won), I had spent the majority of the afternoon sobbing and saying ‘I can’t believe it, this is so overwhelming’. Although it was obviously great that the job meant a lot to me, I’m not sure it’s a reaction generally had by most people after a job interview. Thankfully, Emma and Richard weren’t quite the harsh critics they had seemed on screen and we were able to have a laugh about my reaction, and a cheer that I had joined the company.
Emma introduced me to my new team (a lovely bunch) and set me up at my desk and computer where I began to feel terribly grown-up. I literally couldn’t wait to get started and I spent the rest of the day learning the ropes, planning my blog ideas and building a list of cool experiences I can’t wait to get my teeth into; snail facial, I mean you!
Since The Insider, I’ve had a chance to really get to grips with my role as Groupon’s Local Experience Manager and i’m so excited to get stuck in. Without the cameras and the other candidates, it is fantastic to think that this is now my place of work, these are my colleagues, and this is my job.