Shortly after I was fired from my last position I applied for a relatively large position within a relatively large company that’s head offices are in Canada but operates in 80 different countries.
In late January they contacted me to let me know they were considering me for the position and would like to have a phone interview. I know, amazing! Right?
I said Yes. We set a date for a phone interview, which happened to be the next day. I chatted with the HR Manager, and wowed him (or at least I thought that I did) so much so that he was talking about plane tickets to come for an interview and asked me if I could do a skype call with the Department head.
I said sure!
Another HR Manager contacted me one hour later. She wanted to set up a meeting via skype with the department head. I said ‘I am free, WHENEVER!’ Well, I said it with pizzazz, but without desperation. I was excited. The prospect of landing a job like this made me feel as though I’d be on an upward swing.
I had the Skype Meeting with the department head and I thought that it went really great. We chatted for quite a long time and she asked me everything under the sun. I thought I rocked it.
Given how good my chat with the HR Manager went in the morning, I thought they were, for sure, going to invite me out for an in-person interview.
The second HR Manager, the one who set up the meeting with the department head, told me ‘we’ll be in touch’.
A week went by, heard nothing. I sent a nice, polite, email asking if they wanted references. The second HR Manager said ‘we’ll be in touch’.
Another week went by. At this point I thought ‘I obviously am no longer being considered.’ I was bummed, but, the thing about job hunting is that you get used to rejection for no reason, and to companies unwilling to communicate with you about it.
Finally, three and a half weeks after my phone and skype interviews, I got an email from the second HR Manager that said ‘Thanks for your time Victoria, we’ve already hired for this position’.
I asked for some feedback of what I could do better next time around and I got nothing from her. I wasn’t surprised by this, but I had to try.
Naturally I was disappointed. This was going to be my upward swing. That being said, I needed to continue with my drawing board. For this whole three and a half week period I was applying for other jobs so I just told myself that I needed to continue that.
Last week, for shits and giggles, I submitted my resume to the “General Submission of Resume” section of their website.
I didn’t expect anything to come from it. I more-so just wanted to remind them of who they passed up.
Last night I got an email from the second HR Manager. The one who didn’t communicate with me for three weeks on end. She said ‘Thanks for applying for ‘said position I applied for in January’, we’d like to know if you’d be available for an interview next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Confused, because I’d already been passed up for this position and, this time around, submitted my resume to general submission, I immediately thought ‘They don’t remember interviewing me!’
I emailed her back and said ‘Just to clarify, because I submitted my resume to the general submision section, is this the position that I was interviewed for in late January/early February?’
I got an email back this morning that says ‘Right, Victoria! I will remind the department head that they’ve already interviewed you and ask if they’d like to do a second interview and that we can skip the first.”
THEY TOTALLY DIDN’T REMEMBER THEY’D INTERVIEWED ME.
THEY ALSO TOLD ME THEY’D HIRED FOR A POSITION THEY NEVER HIRED FOR.
WHAT’S THE POINT IN LYING? You could have just told me the truth… you weren’t hiring.
Also, if I wasn’t qualified for this job (in your opinion) for you a month and a half ago, why would you consider me qualified now?