March 30, 2004
I got a kiss-off letter from the company that I had interviewed with that is 60+ miles away. I gotta love this part:
"Our review of your resume indicates a commendabel level of education, skills and experience. However, we have determined that your skills and abilities do not match the position requirements closely enough to consider you a candidate for this position."
Ah, I get it, you wasted 2 hours of your people's time (the length of the interview) because my skills and abilities don't match the position requirements. Everyone's enthusiasm when I showed I knew what I was talking about (yes there are about 17 steps needed in document control - no it doesn't just require the changing of the rev. level) was all a big sham.
Look people, if you have decided I won't fit in the team that is currently in place, tell me that. If you want to pay someone a lot less than where my abilities indicate I should be paid, tell me that. But don't tell me such a patently false piece of BS!
I have another interview today in which I will either have too much experience or not the right skills.
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Well, they have to say something, I guess. The only really honest turn-down that I ever had was from one of the airplane companies in town (for whom I've not ever worked) who in 1972 was honest enough to tell me to my face, "Look, Lady, you've got three strikes against you: 1) you've been out of school too long, 2) you have no experience, and 3) you're a woman." That was what sent me back to school (I didn't want to go to Sweden for a sex change and how in the heck could I get experience when no one would hire me?) It's been hard to keep my experiences in mind when telling people that I don't want to hire them. It helps that the people in Human Resources normally handle contacting the engineer to give them the bad news and I don't really know how it is handled. Perhaps that is the case with the company that you interviewed with--perhaps the people who said "No, thanks!" aren't the ones with whom you spoke.
Better luck on the upcoming interview. (Seventeen?? Wow! I thought that I knew a little bit about document control, but it's obvious that a professional like you could teach me a whole bunch!)
Posted by: Cop Car at Mar 30, 2004 8:11:59 AM
Awww hang in there. Like you, I hate being fed a bunch of bullshit. Best of luck with the next interview, though!
Posted by: KristiKristi at Mar 30, 2004 6:05:10 PM
I suppose they had to tell you something to justify the wasting of their time and yours.
That's like the PC way to fire someone, "The company has decided to terminate its relationship with you." You mean we were dating all this time and I didn't even get kissed? Figures.
Better luck on the next interview.
Posted by: Wichi Dude at Mar 30, 2004 6:46:38 PM
There are few things as frustrating, aggravating and depressing as searching for a job. It is easy to become discouraged.
So, my advice is, screw 'em. Sounds like they missed out. Put it behind you and put on your game face for your next interview. You will eventually succeed. It just takes a large ration of patience.
Good luck with the next one.
Posted by: Parkway Rest Stop at Mar 31, 2004 1:09:26 AM
PSW - Patience, yep I've got lots of that (not).
Cop Car - The person that sent me the letter (or at least signed it) was one of the people that interviewed me. As far as doc control goes - there are many steps involved that most people just don't think about (and shouldn't have to - that's what people like me are for) but if they were told all the steps would immediately see that they make sense.
WS - I know that they had to say something besides "We just don't like you," but I would have been happier if they just said they decided to hire someone else.
Kristi - Thanks!
Posted by: bogie at Mar 31, 2004 7:53:21 AM