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Dec 7, 2014
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Just a question, if you guys have a doctor's appointment, do you guys just drive to the hospital / clinic while on route? Or you guys take a sick day? Can you just drive to your appointment as long as you finish delivering the mails on time?
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Dec 7, 2014
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CanadaProud wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 7:56 pm
yeah I just passed my final training and sortation test today..this forum helped keep the anxiety levels in the manageable range...now just to wait for what will likely be a very long and error filled first delivery day lol
Congrats! Was it hard?

When is your first full day? Is it immediately scheduled or you start waiting for the call for your first day?
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There's almost no chance you will get hired in a small town from temp to FT. I have see people wait 12+ years to get transferred from GTA to places like Oshawa and Keswick. If you are going to stay that long might as well get benefits and start your pension clock.
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PeculiarChap wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 6:50 pm
Just a question, if you guys have a doctor's appointment, do you guys just drive to the hospital / clinic while on route? Or you guys take a sick day? Can you just drive to your appointment as long as you finish delivering the mails on time?
If your doctor's office is on or close to your route I would just go. But if it is far I wouldn't take a corporate vehicle to your doctor's office. That would most likely a suspension at the least. Even as a fellow LC I think it would be uncool to do that.
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da_way wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 7:41 pm
If your doctor's office is on or close to your route I would just go. But if it is far I wouldn't take a corporate vehicle to your doctor's office. That would most likely a suspension at the least. Even as a fellow LC I think it would be uncool to do that.
Officially, you probably can't use a corporate vehicle to go off route to an appointment. If you got in an accident, and were nowhere near your route, what could you possibly say. That being said, if it is on your route.....you do get a 1/2 hour lunch that you can take "on route"... if it takes you longer, and it puts you into over time, it would also be very "uncool" to claim overtime, if not a reason for dismissal. I can't see anybody caring if you don't finish "on time" as long as you don't put in for overtime. Your call.....
Sometimes the truth hurts. The other times it hurts worse....
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Jan 21, 2013
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Guys, i have an interview next week for an on call delivery agent and i'm a bit confused about answers of a few questions :

1- If you find a hazard in the office and nobody is around you, what will you do?
2- You are on your mail route and a dog is sitting and barking on the front porch. You do not have access to the mailbox. What do you do?
3- You have to do a task you are not clear about. You ask your colleagues but they are not helping. What would you do?
4- You are delivering mail and a customer comes out of her house complaining about the delay in mail. How would you respond?
5- You are running late for a shift and you check your vehicle and realise that there is a gas leak, what do you do?
6- What would you do if your transport breaks down?
7- a colleague next to you is playing loud music while you both are sorting mail, and it's disrupting your concentration; what do you do?
8- What would you do if no body is sorting at a busy route next to you?
9- What would you do if you had to deliver mail but the pathway was icy?

I know they are a basic questions but i have really a long time i didn't do an interview so your answers to the questions will be much appreciated :)
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algeriano85 wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 10:35 pm
Guys, i have an interview next week for an on call delivery agent and i'm a bit confused about answers of a few questions :

1- If you find a hazard in the office and nobody is around you, what will you do?
If safe, get rid of hazard. If not, try and mark it as dangerous so nobody gets injured. Tell someone.
2- You are on your mail route and a dog is sitting and barking on the front porch. You do not have access to the mailbox. What do you do?
Mark the mail with 'dog' and continue on. If it happens next day, tell your supervisor.
3- You have to do a task you are not clear about. You ask your colleagues but they are not helping. What would you do?
Ask a supervisor.
4- You are delivering mail and a customer comes out of her house complaining about the delay in mail. How would you respond?
In a calm way, tell her some reason why. If that's not good enough, tell her to call the 1800 number.
5- You are running late for a shift and you check your vehicle and realise that there is a gas leak, what do you do?
GTFO and call your station.
6- What would you do if your transport breaks down?
Call station.

7- a colleague next to you is playing loud music while you both are sorting mail, and it's disrupting your concentration; what do you do?
Ask them to turn it down duh
8- What would you do if no body is sorting at a busy route next to you?
A/ Nothing, not your problem
B/ Inform supervisors as they may not be aware of an absence.
9- What would you do if you had to deliver mail but the pathway was icy?
Same as dog answer above.

I know they are a basic questions but i have really a long time i didn't do an interview so your answers to the questions will be much appreciated :)
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Jun 20, 2016
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I found the that the interview was the easiest part as long as you have some sort of customer service background to match your questions with. They will tell you to answer in STAR format (which basically means you need to elavorate more) and that the answers will be marked by the HR analyst and by the supervisor(s) that you're interviewing with.

I'm still waiting to hear back after my physical. Did anyone else dread weekends since it adds to the limbo feeling? lol.
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Sep 6, 2015
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York, ON
l1nx2112 wrote:
Oct 14th, 2017 9:24 am
I found the that the interview was the easiest part as long as you have some sort of customer service background to match your questions with. They will tell you to answer in STAR format (which basically means you need to elavorate more) and that the answers will be marked by the HR analyst and by the supervisor(s) that you're interviewing with.

I'm still waiting to hear back after my physical. Did anyone else dread weekends since it adds to the limbo feeling? lol.
It took me two weeks before i heard back from HR after completing my physical test. They have to ensure there are enough applicants in order to start the letter carrier school so this takes time as HR could possibly be waiting for other candidates to complete their tests? Each class consists of 10-12 people so if they currently only have 7 successful candidate, they'll wait until they have a minimum of 10.
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Jan 5, 2014
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I always get a kick out of it when supervisors cruise by and ask questions and get completely ignored. Probably not the place for you guys to find info... no hard feelings you're probably a wonderful person.
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Slotstuffer wrote:
Oct 14th, 2017 6:53 pm
I always get a kick out of it when supervisors cruise by and ask questions and get completely ignored. Probably not the place for you guys to find info... no hard feelings you're probably a wonderful person.
You talking about here or at work???? Same thing I guess :)

I don't even say hello to mine, they say good morning etc and I walk past them. They're backstabbing f*cks, the sooner one realizes, the better. There are a few exceptions of course.
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Dec 7, 2014
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Hello

Very Anxious for my first day of Training, which will be in November. So anxious I started reading this Thread right from the beginning.

I currently work for a call centre, work environment is good (i.e. good supervisors, team leaders, etc) , pay is decent but the customers and the company that we take calls for are that ones that drain me mentally so much that after 7 years in it, I just cant take it anymore (all promotions I've had are still in calls based, so I see no future of me being off the phones as the team leads and supervisors aint going anywhere).

I see Canada Post as a way for me to escape the phones. I've just been hired as an LC on call/temp.

I've been reading the post from the beginning, I can handle bad supervisors, but what I'm really worried about is the on call hours.

The thread initially started, way back in 2009, and we have LCs saying they haven't received any calls for like 6 months, some more.

But as the thread gets to present time, there are more LCs on call saying they get lots of calls it feels as if they are full time, and some became full time or even part time for less than a year.

So my question is, with my training starting this November... what is the good chance that I'll be working after the training?

And has time changed? is it faster now to get at least guaranteed part time hours or full time? are there still LCs not getting any calls for more than 6 months?

I'm in Ottawa, Letter of Offer says I'll be in Ottawa West after completion of 480 hours if that helps with the estimates.. Thanks.
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Sep 6, 2015
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York, ON
PeculiarChap wrote:
Oct 14th, 2017 10:39 pm

So my question is, with my training starting this November... what is the good chance that I'll be working after the training?

And has time changed? is it faster now to get at least guaranteed part time hours or full time? are there still LCs not getting any calls for more than 6 months?

I'm in Ottawa, Letter of Offer says I'll be in Ottawa West after completion of 480 hours if that helps with the estimates.. Thanks.
You will most likely be working after your training in November, reason being that November and December is a very very busy time for Canada Post.

No one will know when you'll get your PT/FT,. These factors will all vary depending on the city and station. But in Toronto, the average time is about 9-12 months (possibly longer).

If you're not getting calls after two weeks, perhaps you should call your staffing officer to check up with him/her. I've never heard of any current temps not getting calls for more than 6 months.

I would advise you to keep your current job or switch to Weekends only. Best of luck in your training!
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May 8, 2007
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Anyone working at PPC that might have knowledge of PT/FT positions opening up or the next training session for PO4? I know a bunch of FT positions were created in March which resulted in temps getting PT. But I just recently submitted my transfer from LC > PO4. I was told the last training session was in August so I'm wondering roughly how long I can expect to wait. Please PM with any info. Thanks in advance!
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Dec 4, 2016
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datacat wrote:
Oct 15th, 2017 12:41 am
Anyone working at PPC that might have knowledge of PT/FT positions opening up or the next training session for PO4? I know a bunch of FT positions were created in March which resulted in temps getting PT. But I just recently submitted my transfer from LC > PO4. I was told the last training session was in August so I'm wondering roughly how long I can expect to wait. Please PM with any info. Thanks in advance!
Hey,

They are doing training for PO4 right now! I submitted my transfer from LC to po4 on near the middle of August and got a call from PC&R at the end of September telling me that there are training starts on October 2nd.

I finished the po4 training on Wednesday. There is a tonne of movement happening at PPC right now. People that got hired as Terms in April were PT PERM in August of this year. It took them 4 months, where I've been doing LC Term for a year and a half with little to no movement on the seniority list.

PM me if you have any questions

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