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My Definition of Hell: Job Hunting 2021


You could cut me off in traffic, and I’d probably just look the other way. You could call me old, ugly, or fat, and I might get hurt feelings, but I wouldn’t knock your block off. Overall, I’m relatively unflappable… until I’m not.


I’ve got something sticking in my craw, and I’m feeling contentious about it. So it’s time for me to address a group of people who are not abiding by a social contract to maintain a polite society.


I’m talking about those of you conducting job interviews and hiring candidates with some questionable methods.


Not all companies subscribe to this practice, so let me explain who is in my crosshairs. First, you are breaking the collective pact if you do one or more of the following:


  1. You require more than THREE interviews. If you can’t use a person’s cover letter/resume and three interviews to assess their abilities to fit into your culture accurately, the problem is YOU. I know someone who can find a life-long candidate for your company within two interviews. Let me know if you’d like to use her services, and I’ll get you her number.

  2. You require every person on every team of your company to interview a candidate. The last time I looked, companies existed to produce products and services. How can you accomplish this if everyone is interviewing applicants all the time? It makes me wonder about the integrity of your product/service when nobody is working on it.

  3. You require the candidate to do a project for your company, especially one specific to a current problem you can’t fix or an hours-long project. A candidate’s time is valuable too. Unless you have a 30-45 minute harmless project to see a candidate’s understanding of the job, you are asking people to do your job for free. Shame on you.

  4. You either ghost a candidate after interviewing or reject them in a form email. If you make someone go through seven interviews, two projects, seven different thank you letters, and eight weeks of waiting, you owe them a call. If you say they didn’t get the job because of experience they admitted to not having on the first day of interviewing, you should have dropped them after that interview.


These hiring practices are yet another example of how little some people/companies regard others. People who condone the above tactics are broadcasting three obvious messages, in my opinion:


  1. Our company’s time is worth more than your time.

  2. We are more important than you.

  3. You owe us everything, and we owe you nothing in return.


That is a bitter pill to swallow as a job hunter and human. But I have a message for those companies who prefer to break the social contract:


  1. You are not more important than me.

  2. I wrote the name of your company down on a list.

  3. People talk about companies that they’ve met.

  4. Karma’s a bitch, so good luck with that one.


What’s your worst job hunting experience?

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Lisa
Lisa
Jan 04, 2022

I have been fortunate that the hiring process has not been an issue really - plus ALL my hiring happened way before Covid. I feel like that with Covid and people losing their jobs, having to find new jobs and working remotely, there are a lot more hoops to jump through. I as you know am a police dispatcher and I have worked for 2 agencies. Both of them had HORRIBLE hiring processes but I have learned that pretty much all dispatch processes are long. Here is what I had to go through: *Turn in application. *Receive a call to set up a Testing time. Testing included: map reading, very basic math, and logic.

Manual dexterity testing…

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I can at least justify your process because you are working in life and death situations. Me? Not so much. All I know is they were dang lucky to have you on their team! BTW, love the graphic!

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Sarah Girkadirk
Sarah Girkadirk
Oct 28, 2021

Anyone who can identify a candidate in two interviews is worth celebrating! I need that person's number! 😉 I would personally need at least a couple of written phases (resume, cover letter, aptitude test, etc.), and finally, a paid trial period to ensure that both parties feel good about the decision to grow together.


Most companies get caught in the web of decision fatigue and don't intentionally try to screw candidates. Finding the best people on Earth isn't impossible, but the criteria changes from company to company. A highly forgotten truth is that employees are assets, and some of them are a good investment and some of them just seem like one. A profitable fit happens when both parties gain…


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