Adventures in job hunting: I’m burning bridges all over the place!

This post is in follow up to “The Phone Interview”.

During this phone interview, the HR Manager who was doing hiring for the position told me that I was one of the final five candidates and that, because I was only one of five, they would contact me whether I was selected or not. She said, I will contact you by October 4th, no matter what, to let you know the outcome. And the outcome will be one of three things:

  1. You are selected for an in-person interview and we ask you to come out.
  2. You are not selected for an in-person interview and we wish to let you know so that you’re not left wondering.
  3. The hiring process gets put on hold for a few weeks. The boss of this position is heavily pregnant and could go into labour any day. Though she’s not taking a maternity leave, she may need a few days off when she has the baby to recover.

I’m including the fact that they promised they’d contact me REGARDLESS of the outcome, because it’s an important piece to this story.

October 4th came and went and I heard nothing. Not a thing.

I thought to myself, ‘Okay maybe they’re busy. But, she said that she really liked me, so perhaps I’ll wait and see if they contact me on Monday (Oct 7). After Monday, then I’ll reach out’.

October 7th came and went and I heard nothing.

On October 8th I decided to send over a quick email. It was something along the lines of “Hi! Just wondering if the phone interview process had wrapped up yet? I know you’d mentioned I’d hear from you about the outcomes on Oct 4, so I just wanted to check in! Hope things are going well. Thanks!” It was just more so meant to be a brief ‘Hi! Remember me?’ type of email.

On October 8th, about an hour after sending that email I got an email back that said:

‘Hi Vee (my real name used), We had some delays in the process last week so we’re still conducting phone interviews this week. We’ll be in touch once phone interviews are finished this week to let all candidates know if they were selected for an in-person interview or not. Great to see you’re so excited about the position! Will be in touch on Friday.”

So, I waited. Somewhere in here I went to a really useless job fair. I kept applying for other jobs, but my fingers were crossed with this one. It would have been a really cool position. It was one I knew that I was more than qualified for. I thought, with how well I’d impressed them, that I’d at least scored myself an in-person interview so that I could really wow them.

Oct 11th (the end of that week) came and went and I heard nothing.

October 18th (the end of the next week) came and went and I heard nothing.

On Oct 20th (Sunday) I decided to send another email – something I figured they’d find on Monday morning and hopefully respond to. At this point I was presuming they had counted me out for the position and were just hoping I forgot about them. But truthfully, I didn’t want to let them off the hook that easily. I really cared about this position and I didn’t want to just disappear.

I sent an email, a very brief email, that said “Hi there, I haven’t heard from you in a couple of weeks. Is this hiring process still ongoing? If it is, that’s great! But if it isn’t, could you please tell me so that I don’t have to keep wondering when someone is going to contact me?’

On Oct 21st I get an email.

“Hi Vee (full name used), We’re sorry to inform you that a candidate was hired for this position on October 10th.”

The email went on to give two more paragraphs of token HR bullshit – you know the whole ‘You’re a strong candidate and we were really impressed with your skills and qualifications’ and ‘Don’t give up. We have no doubt you’ll be a great success in your career endeavors.’ Just the typical HR language for ‘Please fuck off!’

I was mad.

It wasn’t even that I didn’t get the position. At this stage of the year, I’m well used to rejection and not being selected. I know the feeling of being rejected all too well and I can deal with that.

What pissed me off was that they promised me they were going to contact me NO MATTER WHAT, and then I got ghosted. What pissed me off was that they didn’t bother to contact me unless I initiated the conversation. They hired someone on the 10th, and I didn’t get to hear about it until I email them on the 20th.

Is this how job hunting works these days? Do I literally have to beg to find out that I wasn’t selected for a job? Why couldn’t she just fire off a quick email that said ‘Hi Vee, we’ve hired someone’? Why couldn’t she just phone me? Or text me? Or send me a carrier pigeon? What’s with this notion that… if we don’t contact a candidate then they’ll forget about us…?

Angry at their complete lack of communication, professionalism and candor, I wrote a finely worded email back to her. Content of this email included:

Stating you’re going to communicate with candidates for any and all outcomes and then ghosting them is extremely disrespectful and a big part of what makes unemployment so difficult for so many people.

Also:

I wish you the best with the candidate hired I hope they bring great benefit to the organization and that you have nothing but success with them at the helm. I also hope that you change your attitude towards how you treat all candidates in the future.All candidates deserve a lot better treatment than I’ve been given in this process.

There were some other paragraphs in there too, but I’m keeping the brief points because of cataloging. Bottom line – though I wanted to call her out, tell her all sorts of nasty comments, I tried to keep it as professionally constructive as possible.

Am I burning a bridge with this email that I sent to them? Probably. Should I have even sent it? Probably not. I guess I just don’t care at this point. I’m passed a point in my life where I’m willing to tolerate this behaviour. Potential employers need to be called out for their bullshit. If no one calls them out, they continue with these stupid actions and continue to get away with it. I can absolutely respect a company that is up front about rejection. I cannot respect a company that just chooses not to contact you and hopes you forget about them when you don’t get selected.

Anyways, I guess my email struck a chord. I was called this afternoon. I didn’t have my phone with me at the time so they left a voicemail.

The four minute long voicemail explained that ‘If a company decides they do not want to contact candidates who’ve already been interviewed for a job, they’re not required to do so and that I don’t get to tell them how to conduct business.’ They also went on to say that my email was extremely unprofessional to send to them and perhaps I should consider my own behaviours as a contributing factor to why I am still unemployed.

Alright. Got it. You told me I was one of only five candidates, promised me you’d contacted me NO MATTER WHAT, ghosted me, and I’m the asshole. I guess I’ll be the asshole then. Hey, if I need to be the asshole, I’ll take one for the team.

If you don’t want someone to call you out for lying then don’t promise to contact a candidate no matter the outcome… You didn’t have to say that. You didn’t have to say that you’d ever contact me again. You promised, though, that you would.

Do I regret sending the email? Not at all. Will I be working for them, or any of their ‘friends’ any time in the future? Not likely. Will they take a new approach to hiring? Probably not. I would hope they do. But, if I know anything about the human race, my email made them mad enough to leave me a nasty voicemail but not mad enough to think they did anything wrong.

90 thoughts on “Adventures in job hunting: I’m burning bridges all over the place!

  1. I’m in one of those situations now. It’s at a place where I’m one of five semifinalists, and they want to have two finalists in for final interviews. They said they’d get in touch with me no matter what, but they want to make a final decision by the end of the month, which is now less than a week away.

    I haven’t heard anything yet, and I’m being patient now, but it’s starting to make me nervous.

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    1. I’m sorry you’re in a similar situation. The waiting game really sucks. I know how you feel and, if it helps, I’m sending some positivity your direction. I hope they get back to you. I hope they hire you, but even if they don’t, I hope they do the decent thing and at least let you know.

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      1. They’ve been really good so far, so at the end of the day, I think they will let me know. I’m certainly not expecting what happened to you, which I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I’m hoping it’s all just me getting antsy.

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  2. I understand how you are feeling! I had a job interview early this week (only for a part time job whilst I am at uni so nowhere near as frustrating as your position) and they were basically talking as if I had the job. They asked me to submit contact details online so they could reach me through that and I haven’t heard anything since. It’s so disheartening.

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    1. I hate it when they do that – as though they’re the only ones who matter and you don’t matter at all. It really sucks. I am sorry you have to deal with it. I hope they contact you soon. ❤

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  3. Oh dear. It is important to vent. I get it.

    You know HR will always be busy and even if they say they will get back to you, they don’t. General, rule of thumb, if you haven’t heard anything assume it is a no. Be careful of burning bridges because you never know when, where you might bump into them again. For example they might move companies and you apply to that new company.

    I get what you feel, I have been there.

    The general thing with HR teams globally is that they are too busy to get back. However if you use a recruiter they will find out what the score is.

    Additionally, you never know how much they like you, you might not be first choice. But you might have been second, and they might contact you if first one didn’t work out.

    I am not defending HR because they can be quite unhelpful and it will always be it too much work to get back to non successful candidates. It is the way it is these days.

    If I told you my redundancy experience of HR you will be… !!!! But, as I always say to myself when I get annoyed at companies, keep it sweet and easy going, cause you just don’t know when your paths will cross again. And the other thing i say to myself these are blessing in disguise as a much better job is waiting for you.

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    1. Honestly, while I respect and appreciate your opinion – if she’s ‘too busy’ to get back to candidates, she shouldn’t be going out of her way to promise that she will. Furthermore, it would take her 20 seconds… maybe a minute tops, to write an email that says we’ve hired someone else’. So…if she is too busy to even just do that, perhaps she should hire an assistant.

      Honestly, if I ever caught wind of this woman again in any other organization, I’d probably immediately bow out. I don’t want to deal with that shit. I’d rather take money from my boyfriend then believe it’s okay to be treated that way.

      And this is not me ragging on all HR managers, this is me ragging on the HR people like her, or those who operate like her. She didn’t have to promise she’d contact me. She didn’t have to say anything at all. But she went out of her way to ensure that I’d hear from her. So… the fact that she then ghosted me, she deserves the email she got.

      There are a lot of really good HR People in this world. And there’ve been a lot of great ones who have rejected me this year. And I’ve thanked them for their commnication and appreciated their practice of treating me with respect as they rejected me.

      Thing is, HR people expect candidates to jump through hoops. To send in a resume is one thing but to send in two pre-phone interview questionnaires just to get the phone interview itself, to have them promise to contact me regardless, to have them ghost me? They expect an awful lot out of candidates for not even being willing to give them two minutes time to write and say ‘You’re not hired’.

      Sorry, this message comes acrosss as really long and ranty. And I’m definitely not ranting at you, I’m just ranting at the process. Not all HR is bad, but she was definitely bad.

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  4. I would have done the same thing. Couldn’t help it. That’s bs and honestly, any chance you have to kindly explain to these companies & people in charge of the hiring process to go fuck themselves, you should take. They deserve it. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad I’m not alone in how I felt.

      Honestly, it is BS. You’re right. And truthfully, that’s what I did, as kindly as possible tried to explain to her that what she did was bullshit. I wasn’t mean. I wanted to call her a bitch, but I didn’t. I wanted to tell her to go fuck herself. Instead I just told her that I was the one who dodged a bullet.

      I guess that makes me the asshole, but really, someone needed to say it.

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  5. I’m sorry, my annoyance got the better of me! Lol. I wish you luck in the job-hunting process. You honestly sound like such an amazing person, any company would be lucky to have you. I’m stuck in a weird job thing myself atm. Not pleasant.

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    1. Don’t be sorry. I really appreciated your message, so thank you for it.
      I’m sorry you’re in a shitty job spot at the moment. I was definitely there last year. Is it weird that unemployment is less awful to me than my last job was? Anyways, I know how you feel, and I am sorry. Sending some solidarity your direction ❤

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  6. You know what’s unprofessional? Telling a job applicant that they’ll hear back from you and then not doing what you said you would do. If they don’t want to get back to applicants that totally fine, just don’t tell people that you will and string them along :/
    Several weeks ago I had an interview with a company, one where they told me that regardless I’d hear back from them within the week… And I’m still waiting to hear from them. Of course, considering that when I arrived for that interview they informed me the position they called me in for had already been filled but they would consider me for a worse, more entry level position that I had absolutely no interest in I wasn’t super excited to hear back from them in the first place.
    Regardless I applaud your actions! I don’t think a company that treats it job applicants so poorly can be counted on to treat its employees any better… Or its supplier / customers for that matter!

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    1. Exactly! No one forced her to tell me that she’d contact me no matter what. She said that willingly, on her own!

      Wow, I mean, that’s kind of good that they were honest they’d filled the position and were considering you for a different position. But, still, kind of a bummer for you I bet. Being like… well I don’t want that job… but thanks for thinking of me.

      I just think this whole ‘not calling candidates back when you promise you will’ thing… it’s bullshit. If they said they were going to contact you they better damn well contact you!

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      1. I’d have been tempted to respond pretty sarcastically, like “Oh, I’m so sorry, its just when you said in this email (attached for reference) that you would contact me regardless of whether or not I was chosen for the position I assumed you would contact me regardless of whether or not I was chosen, can you tell me how, professionally speaking, I was supposed to actually interpret what you told me?

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    2. I hope that you do write them back. Keep it professional, but also, be honest. You don’t have to be mean in an email, but if they’re going to make you wait and hope you disappear, just remind them that it’s not a good way to do business. Just keep it professional. That’s the biggest thing I can say.

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  7. Oh, God. This makes me feel a lot of things. 😑 There’s nothing wrong with expecting people to keep their word. If they’d never said they would contact everyone then it wouldn’t be an issue, but if you say you’re going to do something you need to do it. It’s possible they reacted that way because you struck a nerve, and them calling instead of emailing you back says a lot. They didn’t want a record of how they treated you. If it were me, I’d really have to resist the urge to send them another email detailing what they said on the voicemail (so there is a record) and pointing out again that I was only holding them to their word and if they thought that was inappropriate, then I’m not sure how well they can conduct business anyway. Ugh. Why do these people have to act like such losers? Have a little pride in what you do for fucks sake. 🙄

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    1. Thank you for your note!

      I think that’s what made me so mad – no one forced her to tell me she would contact me no matter what. She could have just said ‘If you don’t hear from us then please move on’.

      The nasty voicemail was a tad surprising to me. Honestly I was proud of the fact that I’d clearly struck a chord with my email, but I was also feeling kind of bummed about the fact that they clearly didn’t get the message I was trying to convey. ‘Be Better. Treat people better’ being met with a four minute nasty voicemail seemed like they did not understand my email at all and they just got angry.

      I guess this job wasn’t meant for me. And, I guess if she tells her HR friends about me, I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. But, I’m not putting up with bullshit like this anymore.

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  8. I am REALLY sorry! Just wanted to say, that not all of the companies are like this. Mine definitely does not do any of this, and we inform candidates if we do not want to continue the process with them within two days.

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    1. Thanks! I do know there are good HR people out there and I have crossed paths with them this year. I just tend to rant about the shitty ones more than talking about the good ones, lol. Sounds like your company is doing things the right way. I wish everyone could operate the right way.

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  9. I am REALLY sorry! Just wanted to say, that not all of the companies are like this. Mine definitely does not do any of this, and we inform candidates if we do not want to continue the process with them within two days.

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  10. It was really unprofessional of them not to contact you after the interview (well, at least until you reached out). A similar situation happened to me a few years ago with a job that I thought I had that ended up falling through: I likewise sent an angry email blaming them for miscommunication and lack of professionalism and got a similar response from HR. You had every right to be pissed, and while I can see why the HR would find your response “unprofessional,” belittling you with your “behavior as a contributing factor” to unemployment was downright nasty, and that’s even worse than their not contacting you promptly in the first place. What a mess; so sorry to hear that happened.

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    1. I think I’m over their nasty voicemail now. I was mad when I heard it and when I wrote this post. But now thinking back to a few hours ago, I just think it’s kind of pathetic of them to be like that… to get (kindly) called out on their bullshit and respond in that way? Yeah, I don’t want to work there.

      I’m sorry you’ve been through something similar. It seems like there’s some really shitty HR Practices going on out there… everywhere. I’m glad to hear that you stood up for yourself though. Honestly, these companies need to be called out for their shit.

      I don’t know if it burned any bridges for you. Not too many, I hope. But I don’t know about you, for me it was worth it.

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      1. You make a good point: their response to your email was petty, and I guess you can say that you dodged a bullet with that company. I didn’t burn many bridges when I had sent that email: the only bridge I burned was with that particular company, and I ended up getting a job elsewhere soon after. There are always other (better) opportunities out there!

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    1. I am not sure if my original comment made sense. What I mean is – I painfully empathise with you. It has happened to me too. And I know there are times when “just move on, and keep trying!” is probably one of the worst things to say when you (we) are already trying your very best. Although it might not be of practical use, I (and many of your friends here) support you. Hugs.

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      1. Thank you. I’m sorry you’ve been through similar situations. It sucks. It really does. I guess I had to be the asshole in this story. I’ll take the bullet there. Someone needs to call these companies out on their bullshit or they’ll keep doing this.

        Keep on keeping on, my friend. Horrible HR people can’t hold you down. ❤

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    1. Thank you ❤

      I figured I'd get 'beat up' for my comments back for them. Reading that someone agrees with me really makes me feel better after listening to their nasty message. So thank you ❤

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  11. I think you did the right thing, they were unprofessional. I feel like sometimes they either don’t know how it is to be job hunting (maybe they never had to?) or they forget that there is a human being on the other end of that email. Sometimes I think when I get mean rejection letters, that I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway, if they treat people this way.

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    1. I think you’re right in your comment about forgetting that people are human beings. I think they disassociate, on purpose, so that they don’t have to feel bad when they do these things to people. They’re not unemployed, so they don’t want to deal with it.

      I think that’s the only thing you can do when you get mean rejection letters – just tell yourself you dodged a bullet if that’s how a company is going to behave. Because you really have. And don’t ever second-guess that. Don’t tolerate this bullshit! That’s my outlook.

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  12. The fact that they reacted like they did tells me they know that they are in the wrong. You’re right to call them out, just don’t let it get to you and don’t lose to much energy and happiness over it. “What goes around, comes around.” (I think that that is the expression, not sure though)

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    1. I sincerely hope that she never finds herself in a situation where someone treats her like she treated me. As much as I think that would teach her a lesson, I just don’t wish this on people.

      Hopefully what goes around comes around means that I’ll find myself in a job soon…

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  13. They broke their promise to contact you and let you know of their decision. Employers always have the upper hand even when they are in the wrong. The bigger the business, the bigger wankers they are. This is why i prefer anarchism to the current system. 🤔

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  14. Sounds like you did well the escape working for people like that V.
    Though I’m sorry you experienced such bad management and wish you all the best for the job you truly deserve (working for much better people that this lot!)

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    1. Thank you ❤ I think I escaped a bad situation here too. And I'm not sorry for calling them out on it. I want to find a place to work where people are treated with respect. Thank you for wishing me well, I will take that positivity and use it as fuel to my fire.

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  15. It’s exactly how things work over here – except here, no matter how much you follow up on their promise to deliver, you are left with absolutely no response.
    It annoys me to no end, and the effects of it sadden me. In my country, people are living in poverty and the unemployment rate is ridiculous. So giving the false hope of an answer that never comes leaves many bordering on the brink of suicide. If only companies/bosses/HR realised the deeper meaning of what they are doing.
    I somehow feel that they do, but their empathy disappeared out the window years ago.
    Don’t give up. Your ‘yes’ is out there somewhere.
    And if you’re ever in a hiring position, remember all you’ve learned 😉

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    1. Thank You ❤ Your well wishes mean a lot.

      It's hard because unemployment is something that so many people struggle with. Soooo many people aren't treated fairly and it's like companies are… taking advantage of people at their lowest points. And it's not fair. I'm sorry for what's happening in your country. Thankfully I live in a part of the world where poverty isn't a HUGE issue. There is poverty, but overall as a nation we're very well off. Also, I'm very lucky for friends and family helping me through this time. I can't imagine what it would be like in a country that truly struggles.

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  16. Ah it must be a do not give feedback to people called Vee month as I’ve had exactly the same. I feel your frustration. I’m about to fire off exactly the same email tomorrow morning. Keep your head up something wonder will come your way 🌟

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      1. It’s gone 📬
        I’ve woken in a fighting spirit. I know we will get there, it’s all divine timing and that some things test us but I feel extremely tested by the lack of respect I’ve been shown over the last six weeks.
        I remain positive. I send love out and am grateful for lessons learnt – May I never do to others what is done to me
        I wish you a wonderful week 🌟

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  17. Wow V! That is super unprofessional from the company. They knew you were waiting. The HR department should have arranged a rejection email for you so you knew the status of the position. Leaving you a voicemail and not taking onboard criticism constructively was a bit strange. Sending you positive vibes. Good luck on your continued job search!

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    1. Yeah, it’s funny she didn’t have enough time to send me a two minute email saying they hired someone. But, after being called out she had enough time to leave me a four minute nasty voicemail. Talk about professional!

      Than you for your luck. I will take it as I need all the luck I can get. Also, thank you for reading and for being so kind ❤

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  18. I encountered the same kind of crap the last time I was unemployed. I sent a number of emails like the one you sent, and they were met with denial and minimization. I don’t know why people think it’s appropriate to be so shitty.

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    1. It pisses me off! I’m sorry your emails were met with denial. Honestly, I think I’m going to keep calling them out, even if it makes no difference. Someone needs to be willing to tell them the truth. They bank on the fact that people are too afraid to rock the boat because they want a job and need a job that bad.

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  19. Urgh, they suck! Lots of people seem to find it easier to blame others rather than accept responsibility for their mistakes. Their voicemail to you sounds like a classic case of this. Also, it’s rare for me to meet an HR “professional” I can respect. Colleagues and I used to joke that the acronym stands for Human Remains. They’re certainly not on an employee’s side in any way, shape or form that I encountered… they’re more like management’s bulldogs.

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  20. It is not only extremely unprofessional but also unethical for companies to do that. However, professionalism and ethics are now only words used by the Company to save their asses when employees tries to question them. Apparently, it doesn’t apply to them. Moreover, I am concerned bout the HR who committed to you. They are human and might be in job searcher again, and yet they do not hesitate to lie as if its one of their Job KRA. I have faced much worse, recruiters calling me during my working hours of my present job and then making me wait for hours.
    Good luck for your search. I wish you get into the company where people are treated right.

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    1. Thank You ❤

      Honestly, I hope that the woman who is the HR manager for this company really doesn't find herself in a place where she needs work again. Because if she has to go through this, it might teach her a lesson of how much of an asshole she was, but it doesn't solve anything. No one is going to change. It sucks!

      I will take your wishes for luck. Thank you ❤ I hope I land somewhere great, soon.

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  21. Hi Vee. I think it’s pretty obvious that the reason you got a nasty voicemail message was because the HR person knew you were right and took it personally. If she was more professional she’d have admitted her fault and apologised, but instead she decided to push the blame back onto you for your attitude, which doesn’t even make sense, since that only came up after she had treated you badly.

    I’m just the same as you really – I find it hard not to stand up for my principles even when it’s not really going to gain me anything and might burn bridges (actually I’m currently getting towards the end of my notice period on my current job and it’s proving incredibly hard not to tell the HR department exactly what I think about their recent conduct towards me). Something I’ve picked up is that you can use words like “surprised” and “disappointed” to great effect usually without triggering a defensive reaction – when someone does something they know is wrong and you say you are “disappointed” by it, it gets the point across, they feel judged, but they don’t have much of an opening to start arguing with you about your attitude.

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    1. Thank You ❤

      I wish you luck with going through your trials with HR at your job. Honestly, disappointed and surprised, they're good terms. People need to be able to call our HR without having a fear of being blacklisted forever. That's why they get away with it.

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  22. The old saying “dont make promises you cant keep” should apply here. I wouldnt have sent the email to them, but thats me, Im not you. Youre perfectly justified in doing so, it’s unlikely their behavior will change at all. Often, people that exhibit those kinds of behaviors (breaking promises) attract similar people. Good luck out there.

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  23. Job hunting, ain’t it a bitch? I’ve been in that damn situation for eight years now, while I toil away in a job I really hate, but pays my bills. Thanks for the blog, this will reach anyone stuck in the job hunt.

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    1. It is a bitch. I’m sorry you’re in a job that you hate. I’ve been there before and done that before so I know how you feel. Sending solidarity your direction and a reminder that you’re worth so much more than that job.

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    1. Thank you ❤ I don't really think contacting their supervisor would do anything. It's clear from her response that nothing registered. So, I'm leaving the situation at bay, ranting about it on my blog and then hopefully moving on to bigger and better things.

      When in doubt, rant it out. And then move on. Right?

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  24. Good for you for doing that!! My husband has been applying like crazy for jobs and NEVER hears back. It’s sad if he’s not picked but it’s the waiting around wondering yes or no that drives both of us crazy. People have no social skills and don’t understand the pact of leaving people hanging.

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  25. I’ve been out of work nine months. I’ve had a lot of interviews. Maybe one I got a formal rejection letter. Two more I found out about after I called the recruiter (who then contacted them.) The others….nothing. I understand your frustration!

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  26. Wow. Good for you for standing up for yourself, though. I’ve unfortunately experienced something similar… There was even one time when I made it to the 5th interview and then…nothing. When I called they said that they dissolved the position. Maybe that was true? Maybe not? I ultimately had so much trouble getting decent work in my career field that I’ve decided to change professions entirely. Only time will tell if that’s a good decision on my part… Job hunting is brutal. Reach out when you need to.

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  27. Good for you for standing up to them! That’s actually terrible that they came back to you via voicemail to berate you for being unprofessional. It’s pretty easy to see who’s been unprofessional! Think you’re better off that you’re not working for them, to be honest lol.

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  28. I find very few headhunters have any integrity. I get job requests for engineering jobs. I am a Strategic Communications Program Manager. No where in my resume do I mention ANYTHING about coding, Java, sys-administration, or gazillion of technology jobs. I have only WORKED for tech companies but NEVER in an engineering or technical capacity. I’ve started asking them if they have actually read my resume. No replies to that ever received.

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