Overdue update


I suddenly realized that my last post was to say I had an interview.

Things have been somewhat crazy lately, and I’ve had technical problems with my computer. Some of these are now fixed, others – like the death of my backup drive – are still ongoing.
So I have finally managed to sit down and update this blog.

Sadly, I didn’t get the job.
I think I did reasonably well in the interview, but the phone call said it was a very strong field and they went with someone who came out stronger. I have accepted this and moved on.

OK, I’m going to talk in general from here on about the interview process in the current employment environment – I’m not trying to suggest for a moment that there was anything wrong with the interview I attended or the school itself.
I’m just having a rant, because I know of friends who have had the experience I’m about to describe.

When unsuccessful at interview, a cynic often says ‘they knew who they wanted all along’.
There are times when this is actually the case.
This happens especially {but not exclusively} when there is an internal candidate, but they have to be seen to be going through the proper process in order to comply with all sorts of regulations.
It seems crazy to me that a candidate can apply for a post, that the firm can know they want that person to fill that vacancy, yet they can’t just appoint them. In order to satisfy some sort of keeping it above board rule, the post is advertised. External candidates take the time to fill in an application form, compose a letter, try to ‘sell themselves’ to the company. They get an interview. Maybe take time off from their existing job – often having to use a day of leave – to attend said interview, frequently incurring expense to travel there which isn’t always reimbursed. Experience all the nerves of the interview, and the anxious wait for the phone call/email afterward. When in fact none of them actually stood a chance; it was a fait-accompli.
Surely, this going through the motions is actually the complete opposite of being fair and above board. Nobody in the firm would ever admit it was fixed all along for their candidate to succeed – they would open themselves up to being sued – but everyone knows it happens. {Just like some employers still discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race etc. despite it being illegal now to do so.} I’ve even known somebody who went for the same internal promotion as a colleague and said they could tell by the wording that the questions were weighted specifically to be prejudiced toward the other candidate.
Wouldn’t it be more honest, and cheaper, to allow companies to employ someone they want without going through the farce of holding interviews with people who have no hope of getting the job?

What do you think?
Has this ever happened to you?
Have you ever been the person who got the job this way? How did it make you feel?
Have you been an employer put in this position?
How could the laws be changed to avoid this?

Let me know in the comments below.


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