Do potential employers owe you an explaination? - page 2

Often times on here I've posts on here where a an interview has taken place, maybe even a second one, the person is told "you will hear something soon" but "soon" turns into a week, two response. The interviewee may... Read More

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    Quote from Altra

    Maybe job seekers, male and female, should read the classic self-help book He's Just Not That Into You. He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys (The Newly Expanded Edition): Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Lauren Monchik: 9781416947400: Books

    So much of dating/relationships also applies to job hunting.
    You took the words right out of my mouth! But I was going to suggest the romantic comedy

    It is so much like dating. We all have this desire to be validated, and to have our egos stroked a bit.

    I've been there, with both relationships and jobs. The ones that don't work out are paving the way for the ones that do.

    I know it's hard to look at it that way. I recently interviewed for a position. Made it to the third interview, jumped through hoops, and got a "were not ready to make a decision". It hurt, but I got over that. It just wasn't meant to be, and it didn't take me long to realize that it wouldn't have been the right fit. It would have been a much longer commute and a big schedule adjustment.

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    I applied for a job. Had an interview. It went amazing. I have a relationship with the HR lady because I used to work there. I called her one time a week for a month. Even went over her head to the nurse manager. She finally called me back and said they hired someone else. And then 6 months later they called me and offered me a position. Unfortunately there is no rhyme or reason and they can do whatever they want and don't owe us an explanation, which is unfair. But such is life.
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    An employer that you've worked for for 20+ years can fire you with no explanation, so I'm not sure why you'd expect one from a potential employer who just chose not to hire you.
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    The only time I've ever gotten more than a letter or e-mail saying "Thank you for your interest but we have decided to hire another candidate" was when I have applied for an internal positions. I don't think a potential employer "owes" you anything. I've never expected feedback on why I didn't get a job I interviewed for.
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    I agree with other posters, potential employers owe you NOTHING. In the past, I have thanked my lucky stars just to get the experience an interview. Being hired in was a plus. Very tight economy means a lot of applicants for few positions. I doubt it's at the front of the recruiter's mind to make sure to send a letter to everyone who applied. Just my $0.02.

    BTW, great topic!
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    I'll tell you exactly what I have done in the past that has got an instant response.

    "Dear Mr. Jones:

    I want to thank you again for the opportunity to interview for the position at General Hospital. I have been offered another position by University hospital and I'm working on finalizing paperwork now.

    I just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to interview with you and I really wished it had worked out because General Hospital was really my first choice of employer, but I understand that you have to choose the candidate that is best for your facility and my only hope is that in the future, you will remember me if another position comes available.

    Thank you again for the opportunity,

    Jane Doe, RN"

    ...I do this even if I don't have another job lets them know you are interested and you think they moved on.

    I have done this with other professions and if they are really looking at hiring you, you will get a call the same day!
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    Yes, an explanation is due, and is the professional way to go.
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    A phone call or email stating the position has been filled-yes. An "interview" telling you that you didn't get the job?! Uh, no.
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    With a plethora of nurses....unfortunately they just don't care. They don't have to.....Like everything else these days.....courtesy, respect, honor, longer's more frightening than the scariest movie I have ever seen.
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    I agree with others that the interviewee is not owed anything, but in my world letting a candidate know that the position has been filled shows professionalism and class. It doesn't take an interviewer five minutes to compose and mass send a generic e-mail to inform interviewees that the position has been filled. During a job search within the past few years, two organizations that I applied to let me know that I didn't get the job and saved me from the endless wondering. Therefore I personally have a much favorable opinion of these two employers even though I wasn't hired. When the economic tide eventually turns, they have fostered my (and perhaps others') goodwill. While the employers that never responded will be written off as I doubt I'd bother applying with them again.

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