Job hunt is harder when hir­ers are rude

Or­gan­i­sa­tions should let se­ri­ous can­di­dates know that the job search ended with the se­lec­tion of some­one else

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - INSIGHT -

Diane Stafford

Job hunt­ing is stress­ful, more stress­ful than it needs to be when some sim­ple hu­man de­cency is miss­ing.

First, though, a cou­ple of re­minders. As a job hunter, keep telling your­self that your timetable isn’t the same as em­ploy­ers’ timeta­bles. And re­mem­ber that em­ploy­ers care about what you can do for them, more than what they can do for you.

Keep­ing that per­spec­tive helps a tad when the lack- ofde­cency ex­pe­ri­ences hit.

A job can­di­date I learnt about was one of two fi­nal­ists for a top non-profit job. She learnt the other can­di­date was hired through the com­mu­nity grapevine, not be­cause any­one on the non-profit board had the courtesy to call and thank her for her time and in­ter­est in the job.

An­other job can­di­date had face-to-face job in­ter­views with seven dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. Some of the or­gan­i­sa­tions con­ducted more than one in­ter­view with the job hunter. Of the seven, only two got back with the can­di­date to say they’d se­lected some­one else. The rest fell into some kind of com­mu­ni­ca­tion black hole.

Then there are the mis­lead­ing job post­ings that aren’t for real, im­me­di­ately avail­able jobs. The post­ings look like spe­cific job open­ings, but they’re really just ways for re­cruit­ing com­pa­nies to find can­di­dates to add to their files.

I heard from some­one who worked for a re­cruit­ing com­pany who be­came dis­tressed at rais­ing the hopes of job hunters.

“I don’t think it’s fair or hon­est,” she said. “The sad thing is, the can­di­dates who ap­ply and are lucky enough to get in­vited in for an in­ter­view have no idea that the po­si­tion they are ap­ply­ing for does not ex­ist.”

I want to be sym­pa­thetic to un­der­staffed hu­man re­source de­part­ments that have a lot on their plates.

But I can’t un­der­stand why or­gan­i­sa­tions don’t take the time and de­cency to let se­ri­ous job can­di­dates know that the job search ended with the se­lec­tion of some other can­di­date.

The only pos­si­ble pos­i­tive to come out of such in­con­sid­er­ate treat­ment is that dis­ap­pointed job can­di­dates may com­fort them­selves, know­ing they won’t be work­ing for a com­pany that’s blind to what un­happy peo­ple tell oth­ers.

Don’t be dis­ap­pointed if the prospec­tive em­ployer does not get back to you

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