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Quote of the Week – Wk/E 16/05/14 May 17, 2014

Posted by Audit Monkey in The Joy & Pain of Internal Audit.
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We haven’t had quote of the week for some time, so without further ado.

Although I am currently working, I recently attended an interview. It was all fairly cordial, Director of Internal Audit and a HR Officer. I will confess I was a touch nervous as at my age and level, job opportunites aren’t as regular as clockwork. Anyway, after several weeks waiting for a response, I was told that I was unsuccessful. I wasn’t surprised; if an employer takes their time to reply to an interviewee, you know you’re on a loser.

As we know, there has to be a reason for the refusal. I was slightly concerned during the interview as the Interviewer’s closing comments were “we need to employ someone but it needs to be right person” which I read as “don’t think this is a slam-dunk’.

Anyway, the reason for refusal was “Audit Monkey wouldn’t fit into the team”. Hello? What the hell does that mean? This is probably a catch all to say ‘we don’t like you’, (probably because in my case, I’m conceited!). Of course, the other reason is the old on which is trotted out is ‘culture’; the candidate wouldn’t fit into the firm’s culture, but again this covers a multitude of sins.

I haven’t got much more to say on the matter but in my experience, if HR are involved, it is nearly always fatal. HR often feel the need to participate in decisions regarding appointments, even though they often know little about the position and what it entails. As we all know, they have to be there to justify their existence and ‘add value’. I suspect the HR bod put the pioson down, probably because I wasn’t the ‘identi-kit off the back of a packet of cornflakes’ person they wanted. Oh well, better luck next time.


1. ITauditSecurity - May 21, 2014

Did you feel that you were like the director or different that the director? A lot of people hire those that are like them, and are afraid of people not like them.

Which goes against diversity, of course, but some managers are too lazy to manage and don’t see the benefit of hiring someone with skills or outlooks they don’t have.

Too many job seekers try to become what the employer wants rather than find an employer that fits them; it’s a 2-way street.

It’s frustrating to be sure, but do you really want to work somewhere like that? With people like that. I think not.

2. ITauditSecurity - July 11, 2014

I haven’t had a quote of the weak for a long time. Probably cuz those posts, on my blog anyway, don’t get many readers or commenters.

Can’t be me, must be the subject. 🙂

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