Post # 1
I’m bumbed, I went on an interview on Monday and didn’t get the job. It’s so disappointing, I’ve been looking for close to a year, I hate commuting 4-6 hours a day!
The interview lasted 2 1/2 hours, I thought it went well, but the feedback I got from the recruiter was this:
The President had me complete a 14 page take home application, 5 pages of essay writing. Now I have my Masters, I have 7 years experience working in a Corp enivorment, I know how to write essay’s! With that said, my sister is a professioal writer and editor for well known companies, so of course anyhing I write I send to her to edit and give me her feedback. She looked it over and said it was great. I send it off!
Now, when the interview ended, The President ( who interveiwed me) , said his CFO would be in and he would be in contact. The CFO comes in, gives me the application and tells me to send it to him when it’s completed and he gives me his busines card ( something the president didn’t do) I asked him if I could drop it off and he said it would just be easier if I scanned and emailed it back to him. Okay, no problem, I did that.
So the feedback is that my essay had “incomplete” sentences, and that I need to be more aware of how I write, and that I also was not supposed to send the application to the CFO but the President. Now I normally wouldn’t care, but this was told to me like I’m an idiot, I was following what I was told to do and frankly it made me feel like crap. I contacted my sister and asked her thoughts on the incomplete sentences and she said it was BS.
I’m really annoyed and do want to write back to the recruiter and somewhat defend myself, but I don’t know if I should even bother or what I should even say?
Post # 3
Okay first of all I’m really sorry to hear you didn’t get the job.. but honestly it sounds like a totally defunct company if that’s their response to you. I’ve dealt with my share of egotistacal ba$tards and that CEO sounds like one of them. Flashing his card at you like he’s all friendly and open, then gets pissy and mad when you try to communicate with him directly. Yeah I would thank my lucky stars you found out ahead of time instead of after you started working there..
Post # 4
I agree that your situation sucks, and I hope you find something you love soon. In the meantime, why not make lemons out of lemonade – take the feedback you were given and use it as a chance to make yourself more impressive on your next application. In other words, use this down time brush up on your writing skills. Maybe sign up for a community writing class or have a wider variety of people (not just your sister*) read your writing and give you feedback? I know this hurts, but might as well channel that frustration into building your skills!
*I have to add a little bit of a sister disclaimer: I have no idea what your relationship with your sister is like. She could be wonderful and supportive and super helpful. But I have a sister, and I know that sometimes it’s easier to tell her what she wants to hear than to put in a lot of effort and have it blow up in my face because she was hoping to get all rainbows and sunshine. Sisters aren’t always the most honest appraisers.
Post # 5
I agree, it’s def a total blessing, I think it’s more my pride is hurt. It’s difficult to be on the job market for so long and then that’s the feedback you get. I am totally open to feedback and reasons to why I wasn’t a fit but the reasons I felt were made up and put me below them. Oh well.
I def will brush up on my skills, I also had my DH read the essay as well and he thought it was great. My sister, lucky for me is wonderful. She loves Editing and really takes the time to proof and give great feedback, I think it’s probably why she is so successful in her career. She is really my best friend and mentor so I trust her judgement 100%.
Post # 6
Sorry. I hate how much BS companies put you through such as essays and what not only to say no. They should have to pay for your time, that way the would be much more selective in the first place and not waste your time.
Post # 7
I feel ya! But it sounds like everyone else is on the same page–the company sounds a little fishy. Hopefully something better will come along soon. It’s hard to feel like it’s not personal after you get turned down [trust me, I’ve been turned down from plenty of jobs lately].
Best of luck in finding something closer and better!
Post # 8
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@ams12: Ok, so I know this is a private board, and people aren’t so concerned about grammar and spelling when they write. But just a few things I picked up on while reading your post, that a few words are mispelled, and some words aren’t used correctly. It would be “bummed”, not “bumbed”. And then, “luckily for me” not “lucky for me”. It totally sucks that a company would give you such insensitive feedback, but you may want to choose different editing sources in the future. I had 3 people, including my professor, and my father (who owned two companies himself, and always edited my highschool papers) look over my resume. Everyone gave me the thumbs up. I interview for a copywriting position, and the employer circles one word on my resume, thanks me for my time, then informs me that I won’t be a good fit for the company. I scan my resume. Volunteer? I spelled it Vounteer. No “L”. Kind of a big deal for interviewing for a copywriting position. Nobody caught it except the one who mattered. Great.
Honestly, it sounds like any job that requires a 14 page application with 5 pages of essays and a 2.5 hour interview is going to be a giant pain in the tuckus! Unless you’re doing intensive writng assignments, like journalism, I don’t see why you’d need impeccable grammar. I hope you have good luck on the job hunt in the future!