I had a job interview

.. And as you can probably tell from the lack of enthusiasm, it didn’t go to well.. Or that is to say, I actually had a feeling that the interview itself went pretty well. The biggest challenge was actually finding the damn place. Hospitals are apparently very big places and finding entrance no. 57 proved a bit of a challenge.

Luckily, I arrived in good time, though, found the place, went in, delivered a presentation of the case assignment I’d prepared, answered questions, tried to engage in conversation, generally did my best and left with a feeling of accomplishment but no greater expectations because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this entire process it is to never expect too much.

Anyways, on Thursday I then received a three line e-mail reading something along the lines of:

“Hello Johan

Thank you for a pleasant interview yesterday. As we may have mentioned, we had 112 applicants for the job and you were one of five asked in for an interview.

We’ve now chosen the right candidate for the job and regret to inform you that it isn’t you. You are welcome to contact us for further information. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.”

Doesn’t get much more personal than that, eh? Maybe I’m being old fashioned here, but I really do think that if people invest a lot of time and resources in your organization for a job interview, the least you can do is give them a short call and explain the basis of your decision, even if they’re not the right person for the job, I’d consider that common decency. It takes like 5-10 minutes per person and it’s really not much compared to the days they’ve put into learning about your organization and solving a particular task for you.

Of course, I could’ve just contacted them for further info.. Which, honestly, is what I’ve been trying to do for the last three days.. But it would have to involve them actually picking up the phone.. Sigh! Long story short, three days down the road I’m none the wiser as to why I didn’t get the job (aside from the half-assed guesses I’ve been able to take myself) and what I could do better next time. Which, I’m not gonna lie to you, has been the source of some frustration..

Luckily, though, I’m a very lucky boy, me, who has some very awesome friends who don’t allow me to be sad or upset for extended periods of time, but that’s another (and happier post) that I’m not gonna let be tainted by the bile just spewed in this one.


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