Essentially, I interviewed for the job I have been doing for the last five years to join the company as a full time employee. What can I say? I live in the land of reorganization, so there are always job openings and title changes. It was communicated to me that they won’t be making me an offer. At some level, I take that as a compliment, but I am still digesting the feedback.
I know the hiring manager and she was courteous enough to schedule a one-on-one debrief to provide me post-interview feedback. To her credit, she had a checklist. I was actually thrilled, hoping to get some constructive criticism that will help me rise to that next level. We had a brief discussion. For the record, it has absolutely nothing to do with my skills. My skills and abilities were seen as stellar.
We had a good conversation and she did provide two specific examples of communications that were negatively interpreted during the entire interview process. I get where she is coming from and it is probably best that I don’t get an offer, because I don’t think I truly could thrive tied to such a sensitive environment.
The whole application/interview process was disrespectful. Looking back on this now, all of the scheduling/re-scheduling shenanigans that happened to get this thing on the books was a clear indication they truly were not interested in making me a full-time-employee. If they were truly interested, they would have gone above and beyond to get it right, but they didn’t. In the end, it feels like we only went through the exercise in futility so someone could keep their word.
Ultimately, I thanked her for the opportunity to interview and I walked away with a couple of things to think about. The one item that continues to go over and over in my head was a slice of the direct feedback where I was informed that my relaying of the story about how mis-managed this whole process had been ‘felt a little pokey.’ My head almost exploded! First, I was shocked at this response to my honest feedback about how the ‘we-want-to-hire-you-candidate’ was awful was not appreciated and second, the only pokey I could think of was from my childhood.