I’m amazed (well, maybe not) about how many responses I received to poor practices in interviewing. Here are some others that came in recently:
1. “The worse practice I have seen is when the employer who after two interviews, exchange of emails and letters, fails to come forward and say “We have gone in another direction” or say anything at all.
Yeah, I got the message, but is it the one they wanted to send? That was two years ago; to this day, I have hard feeling towards that company and could not recommend them as a class act.”
2. “I remember walking into the office. The person behind the desk was not a real friendly person. I handed him my resume after he gave me a dead fish hand shake. He sat behind his desk and the interview started. He stared at my resume the whole time asking questions and never looking at me. He never made eye contact with me. He briefly described the position and asks me a few questions about my resume. The interview was over he told me he has more interviews to conduct. He said I would hear either way if I got the job or not. About two weeks went by I didn’t hear any thing.
I called the interviewer to ask him directly. His response was “Did I call you with a job offer?” I said “no” He said “then you did not get the job”. This is someone who holds public office. That is not the way to handle a rejection of an applicant.”
Thankfully, there are others that came in of a positive nature.
1. “At the end of the process if the candidate is not a good fit I make sure to follow up with them timely, generally in written form. For the most part the candidates are disappointed and just want more info on why not so they can learn from the experience. I just try to think, “how would I like to be treated?”.”
2. Early in the interview process – “If they really seem to not be a good fit I generally ask them if they think this is the best fit for them. By this time if its not they will realize it and say no. I always tell them that I will pass their resume along if I come across a good fit for them and ask them to send colleagues they think might be a good fit for us. If nothing else, the meeting has created a networking opportunity.”
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