During the past 6 months, I replied to 35 ads.
I got 12 responses.
7 of the 12 responses resulted in an interview.
5 of those replies resulted in no interview:
One company cancelled the interview the last minute; the rest screened me, and asked questions — and then they said thanks and didn’t hollaback later on with an interview — or they called and after I asked some questions, the job wasn’t the same as what they asked for in the ad.
Or they asked me several questions and then said “Thank you; we will call you if we are interested in pursuing the matter.” This was after one of the hiring managers doing the phone screening asked 6 billion questions. Every answer I gave her was favorably geared toward the job in question. The job paid 50K a year.
I never heard from her again. What in crap was she looking FOR?
Or the company didn’t know what they wanted. One was the whacky guy who insisted on steno and ran 14 ads to see who he could muster up! That job paid 50K-60K a year. He called and asked if I had steno; when I said no, he rang off.
One of the calls I got, but where there was no interview, was from a nursing home who was asking for a marketing director.
When I saw the ad, I called and asked the hiring manager if marketing experience in the nursing home field was required.
She said, “That doesn’t matter. We don’t care if you marketed light bulbs, the experience is still the same.”
I sent a resume, then waited a week and called to follow up. I asked for the woman who originally spoke to me and she called back. (I tried calling earlier but got no reply after I left my number. I called again later on in the day to see if she would get on the line)
She wanted to know if I had pharmaceutical experience or nursing home marketing experience.
I said, “I spoke with you a week ago and you told me that it did not matter what type of marketing experience I had so long as it was experience.” to this she said nothing at all. She got a bit testy and said, “Well I got 200 resumes; you can send yours if you like.” I told her I already sent mine and told her when I sent it. (I faxed it to her, with her name on it.) She said goodbye and hung up.
When I hung up, here’s my “you have a message” light blinking. Guess who it was: Her, asking me to send my resume (I called her earlier in the day to ask about the job; she was not there; I left my number for her to call)
Now she’s asking for pharmaceutical experience? What has that got to do with being a marketing director???
Anyway, that’s what I got from one of the companies that called but did not schedule an interview when they phoned.
Here’s what happened with another call, but no interview:
The job available was a job that I did in years past. The company pres responded to my email and asked me if I had experience in the field. Uh, it’s right there on the first page, and detailed further on the second page, under the heading “Relevant Experience” — I held that job years ago, as I said, and I stated that the experience reflected was not on my resume and I’d be more than happy to detail it at the interview.
Didn’t he read my resume?
Okay. So I email back and explain Yes, I have experience and I told him the details, in 25 words or less.
“Thank you,” he replied. “We should be scheduling candidates in about 2 weeks. We will let you know either way”….
That was on February 21. Today is April 4 and about 2 weeks ago, I called there to see if anybody was hired. Job was still available; no interviews were held yet.
Suffice to say who knows what is in the works over there.
Do these people really and truly KNOW what they are doing????
Here is the rest of the breakdown– the companies I interviewed with:
Company 1: Paying 25K, no benefits. The game plan also changed upon my arrival; he was now asking for an office manager, He also wanted you to accrue doctors for his social work practice. he had no idea how he was going to compensate you for your accruals. No game plan at all.
Company 2: $20 an hour, no benefits, to put together an office from scratch and manage it.
Company 3: Had interview; did not get job. Did not say how much it paid
Company 4: Office manager job; paid 50K. This was the interviewer who could not look me in the eye and who said “I’m a little worried you will leave to restart your art company.”
Company 5: Admin job; paid $15 an hour and no bennies. Hiring manager said the same thing that Company 4 interviewer said — only he prefaced his fear with “No offense but.” he also thought my art hobby would interfere with the job I’d be doing there on a daily basis.
Company 6: Same as the above. Pay rate the same, no bennies, same kind of rap from the hiring manager about the art company and me restarting it.
Company 7: Exec Admin job — assistant to the CEO. Paid 35K a year. Did not ask about benefits but I will bet you that there is an employee deduction involved.
The company that cancelled my interview at the last minute told me that they decided to promote somebody from the inside. About a week after the cancellation, I did some research about the company; there is big trouble there; they are cutting pay rates, laying off staff (there were 50 gone as of December 1 and more to come) and upping employee contributions for health insurance from 15% to HALF! (the news article was dated December 26, 2012) There is also a lot of union angst involved and picketing galore, at the time. It very well could be the picketers are still there.
AND sales were down 40%. Who needs a company that is financially ailing??? KEEP your job is waht I think.
Their ad billed the company as “pleasant work environment.” With or without the picketers, the pay cuts, the layoffs or boosting the employee health care contribution to 50% of the total cost???
So that is 7 interviews out of 35 resumes: 20% “success” rate.
And only one offered a livable wage — 50K — and that ain’t so livable if you are somebody with a dependent or 2, or your cost of living is kind of high; you will barely make rent with that salary.
In the old days, I’d hear from at least every other company whose ad I responded to. I remember 6 years ago: I went on 1 or 2 interviews per week and it only took me 10 weeks to find a job. I went on about 12 or 13 interviews that time.
For me to get 12 or 13 interviews? This time, it took about 9 months.
Another nice trend:
When you call and ask questions about the job — mundane questions like “When are interviews”, you get nasty nasty people and they give you nasty nasty answers. I asked one gent when he might be conducting interviews and his snippy reply was “Probably Tuesday.” I get the feeling that he said that just to tell me anything and to get me off the line.
Tuesday came and went. he did not call to set up an interview.
Hopeless is what this is.
Unless there is a miracle, I don’t see any change.
I got at least a 75% response rate in the past — this was 6 short years ago and prior — and very rarely would I get a screening interview via phone that did NOT result in an interview — this one time an R&D VP of a drug company called me to screen me before he set up a face to face; he and I were on the phone for a half hour with him asking me questions about my background. That was only 6 short years ago.
And the face to face was over an hour with “real” questions, and not filler or garbage.
Times have changed.
And to give snotty answers to questions or to cancel last minute or to not even know what you want when a candidate shows up for the interview — this was unheard of, even 6 short years ago. If you got an out-there interview it was very few and far in between.
Who’s got rocks in their head? and what kind of a no class reply is a snippy “Probably TUESDAY”???? Cool yer jets and relax your face and hands, as my grandma used to say! Act your age and have class. You aren’t talking to a common skivvy.
Even if you did not get the job, you got quality in an interview. You got courtesy, you got smarts, you got intelligent people who would conduct the interview.
You would also be able to tell from the content of the interview whether or not you might get the job. Not anymore.
We are beyond help, imo. We are all done. Every single one of us.
There is no reason for anybody to NOT have a job — particularly if you’re educated and skilled and have great experience. The majority of us are sitting home, watching the days go by and trying to hold down the fort.
More and more I am thinking I may have to start a business and out of necessity. I may have no other choice.
I got a damn 20% success rate and even then: STILL no offer and no job. It is frightening what kind of trash these companies are, the ones who do have jobs available. That’ was exactly 3 companies out of 35, really, who were paying 50K and up. The rest were paying NOTHING — it was a range of 25K – 35K a year.
We are done.
Scary shit indeed.