Post # 1
I recently quit a great paying job in Texas that I have been with for 7 years to move to Michigan to help family. My husband, thank god, is already working and making decent money. We did not have a lot of bills & saved up some money just in case.
Before I left TX, I had a phone interview w/a company up here that did work for the company I was at. I thought that would be a really good transition. They waited a MONTH for me to come to Michigan to interview me in person.
I interviewed with two sets of two people for a behavioral interview. Took a math test, excel test & then a proofing test. They immediately called me for a second interview and job shadow!
So, I went in, did the job shadow & met with 2 people who basically said they loved me, that everyone was so impressed with me. Great! The one lady said I would love for you to meet the VP right now, but she got called to a meeting. You will be hearing from [the recruiter] VERY soon, with like a wink. So I left there feeling like a million bucks. This was 2 Friday’s ago.
Today I get a CANNED email from not even a REAL FRIGGIN person to tell me they passed on me!!
WHY put me through SEVEN interviews, all these tests, etc, ask me if I am looking elsewhere only to send me an automated response?
SERIOUSLY PISSED RIGHT NOW!!
Sorry, I am just totally venting. 🙁 I did get into a very prestigious grad school..but class does not start til August. I WILL go nuts at home!!
Post # 3
@deetroitwhat: Ugh, it’s incredible what jobs are looking for now. I know someone that had to go through 3 interviews, including a group interview just to get a job as a grocery stocker. I’m just like “Really?”
And it definitely sucks doing it 7x plus a job shadow I’m sure. The closer you get and the more you do, the better you feel, and then the harder you fall. It’s such a letdown and I know it makes you feel like you’ve wasted so much time with these people.
BUT…they DID like obviously you, even if they didn’t hire you so you should feel confident that you are an excellent candidate and a tough person to compete with. You just need to find a company with enough brains to take initiative on that.
And congrats on grad school. I know it’s frustrating now but things are looking up for you and even fromb ehind a screen I know you’ll be a huge success
Post # 4
🙁 Yea, nothing makes sense these days!
Volunteer or pick up a random silly side job to keep you from going wackoo?
Post # 5
EErrgh! So frustrating. Darling Husband went through something similar- it was a great job that he could do in his sleep and he said everything went great- he thought he had it. He said he was like instant friends with everyone and scored well on all the tests- the highest they said they had seen. 🙁
Who are these people stealing our jobs!! Grrrr.
Post # 6
@cbee – that’s what I want to know. Even the last lady I interviewed with basically hinted they wanted to hire me!! It’s like did someone go in there and shit a golden egg in front of them or something???
I thought the job would be super easy, too. Which is what I wanted since it would be easier to go to grad school like that. I really wonder if my grad school plans scared them because it’s not even remotely related to what I’d be doing there, but I was honest about my future.
Post # 7
Know how you feel. I had a company do that to me too. Put me through NINE interviews. Interviewed via phone in October, waited until December to contact me, then did the rest of the interviews within that week and I left with them telling me how great I did on all my presentations. They didn’t send me a canned e-mail, but the HR lady did have me actually contact her to tell me that they decided to take none of their applicants, which actually felt worse because she was acting like she was bracing for me to attack her. I found out later that they had never actually gotten approval for the position from their parent company before starting hiring and the job didn’t actually exist. They put 5 people through 9 rounds of interviews.
Post # 8
@ananeele: Wow, that is incredibly inconsiderate. I bet the HR lady expected you to be defensive because at least some of the other 4 candidates were defensive. That’s insane to put people through that.
I was telling Darling Husband last night that the worst thing about interviewing is that unlike other aspects, like school, even if you do a fantastic job and work your ass off studying and preparing, it still might not be enough and that is so frustrating. It’s a lot of intense stress that might amount to nothing.
Post # 9
@harleyq: I really hate the fact every time you interview they essentially hold your life in your hands. The job I just finally got took 4 months of interviews before they officially hired me. If they had hired me 3 months ago, my rent on my apartment would have been $300 less a month. That sounds silly, but those 3 months cost me an extra $3600 a year in living expenses because I was looking for housing at a time of year where either nothing was available or they raised their prices because of demand. I could only find one apartment available within my move-in time frame and it was way over my budget, but there wasn’t anything I could do because of the time of year I was looking. Everyone just kept saying ‘you should have called us in Feb. We had like 30 apts and we just raised the rent a couple weeks ago.’ Thanks, but I didn’t have a job then…
I always liken it to sorority rush. You don’t choose them. They choose you, and it’s usually not based off what ‘you can bring to the organization’.
Post # 10
Did you mention grad school to them at all? If so maybe it wasn’t that you weren’t perfect for the job it could be that they were unsure where your focus was going to be. Or maybe even moving up for your family maybe they thought you would have to take a lot of time off because of it?
Post # 11
That really sucks :(. Darling Husband was lead to believe that they wanted to hire him… then they ended up hiring someone else who was out of state & moved for the job (I checked their website a month later & found out where he came from lol). It sucked, though the other guy did have more experience, Darling Husband would have totally nailed that job.
My advice is to send a thank you letter letting them know you would like to work with them in the future & if they have any other openings that you’re very intrested. You never know, it may not work out with that other person. I’d follow up with that lady who wanted to hire you in about a month.
For my Darling Husband, he eventually found a different job & he LOVES it! We wouldn’t have seen each other much if he took the other job, though the pay was better at the job he didn’t get, the one he did get is really good for him :).
Post # 12
@ashNstoliNmike: You know what, I honestly think that’s what the problem is. Yes, I mentioned grad school, and it is in a different direction than the work. But I am paying for it & going at night, and I was up front from the get go about where I’d ideally like to work one day, and they seemed fine with it.