@Jaymo was generous enough write a shopper profile for this week's issue of Mystery Shopper Magazine.
Thank you @Jaymo!
Read it here:
Jaymo, I'm still laughing at the thought of you sitting by the phone, psyching yourself up for 20 minutes before your first shop. That was cute.
Thanks for the tip on your favorite MSC. I was not familiar with or signed up with them, but I will be in about five minutes.
I can guarantee you if my first shop was in a store, I would have sat in the parking lot for half an hour before going in. Even now, if I have a shop that's new to me, I'll sit for a few minutes and compose myself. Is that normal for anyone else? If I have a shop I'm comfortable with though, I have no problems.
It is absolutely normal for me.
I want to be sufficiently versed in the scenario. Preparation sometimes includes composing a back story for those times employees can be inquisitive (can you say bank platform or apartment shops?). For shops that I know well, I can them with just a few seconds to review the points in my head before starting. For shops that are new to me, I definitely read and re-read the guidelines and questionnaire after getting the shop. One last review takes place before going in.
Happily shopping Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut