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More Recruitment Woe April 14, 2010

Posted by Audit Monkey in Working Life in Britain.
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I don’t mind going to interviews when there is a reasonable opportunity to be offered the role and I’m not going to be the victim of class, nepotism or favouritism towards the internal candidate. Oddly, I’m completely honest with my curriculum vitae as I don’t wish to be offered the job, accept and placed into an awkward situation where I am unable to perform the role.  Also it saves a lot of faffing about travelling to interviews, being asked repetitive questions, etc.

So when you are interviewed by an employer, one would hope that they have had the opportunity and time to review the candidates’ resumes and draw appropriate conclusions as to who would be the most appropriate individuals to be invited to interview.  By analogy, I wouldn’t expect to be hired to build a nuclear power plant on the basis that I’ve heard and read about Chernobyl.

Well, we seem to have had a melt-down today.  The employer clearly wanted a technical specialist with specific industry knowledge to bridge a gap.  Sadly I was unable to fill the hole but surely close inspection of my curriculum vitae would have revealed this?  I wouldn’t mind but I didn’t even get asked the infamous ‘strengthens and weaknesses’ question…


1. ITauditSecurity - April 16, 2010

I’ve found a lot of employers don’t know what they want when they advertise. They figure it out as they interview, or bumble along and still don’t know after interviews. Or they realize that can jump through all the hoops they’re holding.

In your case, the resume screener and the interviewer probably didn’t know how to properly do their jobs, and they must have too much time on their hands so that it is not too precious to waste.

Bummer on your experience and shame on the employer.

2. Audit Monkey - April 17, 2010

This employer did know what they wanted, they weren’t the type to waste time but they wanted someone with specific industry knowledge and experience. So on a sliding scale, this person would be say 8/10 whereas I was say a 6/10. I imagine they and I for that matter, couldn’t score me against the job profile until they sat me down to discuss the position.

3. ITauditSecurity - April 18, 2010

That’s even worse!

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