Vent – Treated horribly at job interview

posted 8 months ago in Career
Post # 2
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Sadly this is common. A friend of mine moved from Ontario to Alberta and had a hell of a time finding a job because she wasn’t a ‘local’. They even bought a house, weren’t renting,.as to show they were serious about staying in AB. Took 2 years of contract work and employment agencies before she was hired on full-time direct. 

Post # 3
484 posts
Helper bee

I have no advice, as I’m an American, but I just want to say I’m speechless at this. That’s nuts!!

Post # 4
7278 posts
Busy Beekeeper

That’s so stupid. I would stop saying anything about your prior home since it’s totally irrelevant to the interview. If they ask where your are from deflect and give a non answer and say “oh we live over on Elm St, but I’m really interested to hear more about (whatever)”. 

Post # 5
1366 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I’m also American and have never heard of such treatment before! That’s awful! Is there any way to not let on that you moved?? That’s my best idea.

Hope things work out for you bee. 

Post # 6
1221 posts
Bumble bee

Provinces /states etc. are not athing here, but in my experience small towns prefere to hire locals. I live in a major city and applied for a job 30 minutes drive away. I’ve worked there before as a temp but the hiring manager told me that they hired a local. Also, I applied to another small town next to my university town and the first question was “would you actully move here?”. Once I applied to a public sector and they have to send the name list of all those interviewed. The 8 people interviewed were all from that town of the next town over. So I can totally see this happening

Post # 7
9470 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Can you not bring up that you moved from another province? Are they asking this question?

That’s so strange. I’ve never experienced something like that. I’m not from Canada but I’m in the US and lived in a few different states and not being from whatever state I was interviewing in has never been a problem.

Post # 8
2628 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Wow , that’s cray!

Post # 9
3301 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I would guess that they know you’re from a different province based on the fact that your resume lists a bunch of companies that are located from your original province, and not that you’re going out of your way to tell them you’ve moved from another province. There isn’t much you can do about the fact that your work experience is from another geographic location. 

I would maybe suggest telling them that someone local recommended that you apply at their company? At least then it might demonstrate to them that you’re part of the local community? This is so strange. I can’t imagine someone in Maryland being told they weren’t going to be hired because they were from Florida. 

My best advice would be to get into the local scene as much as possible. Also see if you can locate companies with branches in multiple provinces if that’s possible. 

Post # 10
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Did you move to a really small town? Or into/out of Quebec? I am wondering if they are concerned about your language skills? Or if the town is so small they always hire friends/family?  I’ve live in Montreal and have worked in Ottawa and Toronto and have never heard of this or had something similar happen. It seems really unprofessional and like a lawsuit just waiting to happen. Plus, I work in employability and my job is to help new arrivals (generally immigrants but occasionally those from other provinces, find work) and I’ve never encountered this.

Post # 12
310 posts
Helper bee

You moved to Quebec, didn’t you. 

I lived in Montreal for a short period. The attitude there is much different than the rest of Canada. I felt discriminated against many times. Sad but it does happen quite often there.

Post # 13
244 posts
Helper bee

evilqueenkarly :  Just because you don’t want to force them to hire you, you may want to still report the behaviour to discourage them from discrimination in the future. I am from the states so I don’t know Canadian labor laws, but it would sure bother me if someone was blatantly discriminating against people over being new to the area. This entire approach seems counterintuitive as you want people to move to your city and contribute to the local economy. 


Post # 14
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m so sorry this is happening to you bee, I’ve only ever lived in Ontario in Canada but I have never heard of this happening! Do you mind sharing where you’ve moved to? I can’t believe that they are being so openly discriminatory.. like do they not have any brain cells in their head saying this stuff out loud to you?! I am outraged on your behalf to be honest. 

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