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Subject:Re: Interview from hell From:Rebecca Merck <Rebecca -dot- Merck -at- ONESOFT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 2 Jun 1999 11:30:35 -0400
Suzette's story reminded me of something similar that happened to me once.
I had taken some time off from a company I had worked for for about a year
and a half, and after returning from a 3-month unpaid leave of absense, I
came back and began applying for positions in the company, since my original
spot had been filled (which was part of my nefarious plan, muahahaha.)
So I applied for one position with people I'd known before, they gave me
very favorable feedback, and I was expecting a call with an offer any minute
when my mail arrived with a "we're sorry, you don't meet our needs at this
time and we'll keep your resume on file for later use, thanks for your
interest in joining our company" postcard. Which I found ironic, since I
was already an employee, just a positionless one (something that wasn't
uncommon there at the time by virtue of the nature of the work).
The next day, I made a call to follow up, got a verbal offer, and received
the offer letter by the end of the week, and worked there for another 7
I can only assume that someone in HR gets a list of all applicants and gins
out these cards, without much knowledge of what's going on. But if I had
taken the card too terribly seriously, I might not have ever made the call,
and who knows where I'd be today?
So I echo her suggestion that you not let a single person and his or her odd
behavior shoo you away from a job you're interested in. But if it seems to
permeate the company, RUN LIKE THE WIND! There's another story there, but
we'll save that for another day.