Almost two months to the day that I interviewed for a job, I finally got an answer.
I saw the position was posted again on Indeed.com.
I blinked. Hard.
I checked my email.
The blood drained from my face, as I tried to make sense of it all. I had already made peace with the idea that I probably didn’t get the job. But I expected a call, or at least an email. Something to say, Thanks, but no thanks.
The whole situation made me realize how much the employment landscape had changed since the last time I looked for a job. But really, is it ever OK to let a candidate find out they didn’t get the job by simply advertising for the position again?
I found this cheap, and lazy. I had taken the interview seriously. After all, they made a big deal of contacting me within hours of receiving my resume, then bringing me in for an interview 24 hours later. I had to take a half-day off work at the last minute to make it all come together.
I gave them a spiffy portfolio, and followed up with a letter and additional information that they requested.
I should have known something was up when the hiring manager didn’t take my call on the day he asked me to follow up. I finally tracked him down through email four days later, and he replied with a terse: “Thanks. Still in the throws (sic) of first round interviews. jb”
Nice. I won’t even point out that “first round” should be hyphenated. Oh. Sorry.
So I replied with something sweet, and ever-patient. Then I waited again. For a month. Then I saw the job posting.
I decided to send another email, and acted like I had not seen the job advertisement.
At this point, two weeks have passed with no response. I’m not hopeful. My friends say I should keep emailing him until he gives me an answer. I know he’s out of line, but I don’t want to be a pill. It’s a fine line to walk.
Perhaps the landscape has changed enough that there’s no professionalism left in hiring. All I have is 25 years of experience, stellar references and a big ol’ wet fish to the face. It’s clear this guy had no respect for me, or the work that I do.
It’s probably for the better. I wouldn’t want to work for a schmuck like this anyway.