Saying that most companies, even teeny ones, now act like they are the royal family when it comes to hiring is an understatement. When I first started looking for a job, I would bend over backwards for interviewers, but after not being selected as the final candidate enough times, I got smart.
It was no longer worth it for me to sacrifice the amount of time and money that I sacrificed (not much to some, but when you are unemployed/don’t make much every penny counts!). Case in point:
I received an email interview offer. They wanted me to come to NYC. My immediate reaction was “No, you can talk to me on Skype or via phone, but I am not coming to NYC.” The travel and lodging all for a chance to work at some not-that-illustrious organization, was too rich for my blood. I ended up taking off half a day of work for that interview. And in the end, they didn’t even have the decency to tell me that I was not selected, not until after I emailed them.
On another occasion, I was granted a phone interview and invited for an in-person interview. The only problem was that I had less than two days to prepare a presentation that I had to give at the interview. Plus, the branch of the organization was a lot further away than I had assumed when I first applied. It hurt like the Dickens to turn it down, but I didn’t see the point in going through this decathalon of events all for a chance of a job. Maybe it’s the privilege in me talking, but it seems like employers are making more and more ridiculous demands from applicants, and I’d just had enough of it.
I was proud of myself then, because I would have been kicking myself and my wallet for having spent so much for what turned out to be fairy dust. My new motto was forged then, and should I have to look for a job again, I think I will do the same.
I am willing to jump through hoops, but I must have some say in how high the hoops are set. If not, then it’s not a game that I am interested in playing.
In the case of scenario #2 it was Divine providence. I was later invited to Skype interview for a position on the day/time that I would have had to have been giving a presentation at that other organization. Rabna Kareem. I got this job now, and it’s so much better.. More on that later.