Re: Side note to "Ethics of job-interview testing"

Subject: Re: Side note to "Ethics of job-interview testing"
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 19:54:21 -0400

Jones, Donna wrote:

I had an interview about a year ago when I found out shortly into the
interview that they were looking to hire a senior contract writer at junior
writer wages ($17 per hour!). I went through with the interview because I
couldn't think of a tactful way to get out of it without making my contract
house look bad or without permanently burning the bridge with that company.
When the job offer came from them a week or so later, I told my contract
house the truth but had them extend my apologies and tell the company that I
had accepted another position. I'm not sure if I handled it the best way,
but that was all I could think of doing at the time.

My shortest interview resulted from an agency I had not worked with before promoting me to a company I thought (wrongly) that I knew something about.

My résumé said then, as it says now, that I spent three years doing full-time anti-Vietnam War organizing (accounts for the time and highlights the skills I gained). Further, the last time I shaved was in 1968, and my ponytail (the bulk of my remaining hair) is of immodest length. The company, one part of which has made graphic arts equipment for a century or more, turned out to be a division that makes weapons systems.

The interview, with a crewcut ex-Marine, was brief (I had the skills they wanted; they didn't have the job I wanted). I ended it by saying, politely, that the recruiter and I had never met (true) nor worked together before (also true), and that clearly there had been a misunderstanding. I said it was clear that we did not have a good fit. The interviewer said he understood and respected my integrity and my willingness to stand up for my beliefs. I repaid the compliment to him, we shook hands, and I was led back out through the long underground passage and through the security door to the lobby.

I spent more time waiting in the lobby than I spent in that corridor, more time in the corridor than getting the fifty-cent tour of the documentation floor; and more time getting the tour than in the interview. It did not last five minutes, and most of that consisted of the interviewer describing the open position.


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