Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Whatever happened to the professional interview?

From an article I read:

“You finally landed that coveted job interview. Maybe you aced it; perhaps you flopped. Either way, you send a thank you note and check your inbox compulsively for a week, waiting not-so-patiently for some sort of response. But you hear nothing”.

“This happens far too often”.

“According to a new CareerBuilder study among 3,991 employees, 60% said they’ve experienced this as a job candidate”.

“Why is this so common”?

“Sadly, many times it is simple rudeness that is present when a candidate never gets a response after a job interview, says HR expert Steve Kane. This should never happen at a sophisticated, progressive employer. Obviously, if someone is going through the effort of preparing for an interview, they deserve some idea of their likelihood of receiving an offer”.



The sequence of applying for a job used to be you fill out the application/resume and they say come in to talk, or they say no thanks.

Then we went to fill it out online and get a rejection by computer or come in to talk.

Next, we went to fill it out and maybe you will hear from us whether you interview or not.

How did we get to this point where after professionals talk, ask questions, and references are checked, that employers do not even bother to tell you are not getting the position? What is the difficulty in letting the person know? I understand there is a lot of CYA with human resources on how you respond, but at least respond.

In this day and age of a difficult job market and where scoring an interview is in itself a triumph, we should not forget the basic professional courtesies of letting the professional candidate who interviewed know their status in the hiring process.

Do not make excuses for this kind of rudeness, it should have no place in the professional world. If we continue to let this go next thing you know is we will be paying a fee for an interview.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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