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(4,033 posts)
Wed May 30, 2012, 09:30 PM May 2012

Let me vent here, it's friendlier than in GD (my opinion).............

okay, I've not been employed for 21 months & haven't worked in 52 months. Discrepancy is that I was injured on the job (broken hip) had numerous surgeries and my employer paid my full salary for 31 months. Even during the time I was off the job I looked for work, and had a few interviews.

Now (21 months ago) after last surgery, and a settlement with my employer, I have been avidly seeking work have probably sent out/applied for over 200 jobs. Out of that I have had 3 phone interviews and 2 physical interviews.

Yesterday's interview was the last straw. It was with a board of 5 people from the organization & get this 2 other applicants were being interviewed at the same time as me with this board. One applicant was running late and we waited 15 minutes for her to appear.

It was a 40 minute interview, I answered succinctly, highlighting my experience and abilities. The phone interview I had for this position was 90 minutes.

This morning I get an email that I wasn't chosen as one of 3 finalists, it further stated that I should be honored that I was chosen for the interview. I'm fucking pissed. One of my fellow interviewees is a full time student, don't know how she is going to work full time also, I know the master's program she's in. The other applicant had no paid or volunteer experience for this job. So if they interviewed 9 people and chose 3 (one from each group) which one of my 3 was chosen? Oh I know, it had to be the one with no experience who knew one of the interviewers (she stated so during the interview).

The position was for a community organizer, which I have 10 years of experience in. WTF is a person supposed to do? I've looked out of state and within. This position was within my community.

I am just so pissed and getting more depressed as the days go by.

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Let me vent here, it's friendlier than in GD (my opinion)............. (Original Post) mrmpa May 2012 OP
How horrible for you, my dear mrmpa... CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #1
I'm trying, thanks ms.peggy eom mrmpa May 2012 #2
If this was a nepotism hire HeiressofBickworth May 2012 #3
I'm sorry. MissB May 2012 #4
Sent an email to the recruiter to forward to.... mrmpa May 2012 #6
Right there with you... GoCubsGo May 2012 #5
Ten years experience? You're overqualified. Or too old. Or whatever. Bake May 2012 #7


(150,667 posts)
1. How horrible for you, my dear mrmpa...
Wed May 30, 2012, 09:34 PM
May 2012

I am really sorry to read this.

I know you may be tempted, but don't burn any bridges!

I suspect they'll quickly discover how poorly the person with no experience will work out, and they'll want you.

No guarantees, of course.

Would you want to go to work for an organization that would show such favoritism? I know it's hard, believe me.

Hang in there!


(2,682 posts)
3. If this was a nepotism hire
Wed May 30, 2012, 09:54 PM
May 2012

they won't be finding that she is no good at it. They will find that the job is too much for one person and will hire her an assistant (who WILL have experience - and lower pay - and do most of the work). Watch for this position to become available -- you will be just right for it.

Yes, I think I dosed this with a sprinkling of sarcasm. Like you, it pisses me off that well qualified people don't get a job because "networking" (i.e., who you know, not what you know) gets the job. I think it adds to the over-all dumbing down of America for people who lack the knowledge and experience to be hired for a job they can only marginally fulfill.


(15,833 posts)
4. I'm sorry.
Wed May 30, 2012, 10:02 PM
May 2012

A friend had a group interview like that - very stressful. He too wasn't chosen, but he was offered the job two months later when the other person didn't work out.

Send a thank you note to the interview team, letting them know you enjoyed the experience and appreciate their time. Seems strange, but be gracious even if you are mad as hell.

I hope you find something soon.


(4,033 posts)
6. Sent an email to the recruiter to forward to....
Wed May 30, 2012, 11:15 PM
May 2012

interviewers. Sent it 30 minutes after the interview.


(32,414 posts)
5. Right there with you...
Wed May 30, 2012, 10:07 PM
May 2012

All the same bullshit, and for about as long. I have about had it. I'm sorry you are having to endure this kind of garbage, too.


(21,977 posts)
7. Ten years experience? You're overqualified. Or too old. Or whatever.
Thu May 31, 2012, 11:05 AM
May 2012

Believe me, I know the feeling.


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