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[[!meta title="Since it can't do any harm now..."]]
[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
[[!meta date="2004-06-28 15:51:00 +0100"]]
[[!tag old-livejournal]]

Since it can’t really do any harm now…

<ol>

<li>
On the 8th March 2004 I sent a CV and covering letter to a particular
firm on the recommendation of a friend of mine who was leaving there for
pastures new.

</li>

<li>
On the 12th March I receive a letter (dated the 11th March) stating that
the firm had received my CV and were interested in interviewing me. The
wording used was something akin to ‘We will be in touch in a few days’

</li>

<li>
On the 18th March I emailed the person who had sent me the letter to ask
what was happening; since it was possible I may have missed her call due
to being very busy that week

</li>

<li>
On the 19th I got a reply saying ‘We will be in touch in due course’

</li>

<li>
On the 15th April, I sent another email asking how things were going;
since I needed to plan my trip to Brazil

</li>

<li>
The same day, I got a reply saying ‘Sorry for the delay, we hope to
start interviewing in a few weeks’

</li>

<li>
I replied saying that I understood and looked forward to hearing from
them in due course

</li>

<li>
On the 13th May, I sent an email saying that I hoped I had made it to
the ‘for interview’ list and that I looked forward to hearing about when
the interview would be. I also repeated my planned dates for being in
Brazil since I didn’t want to inconvenience them by being away when they
tried to arrange interview

</li>

<li>
It is now the 28th June and I’ve heard nothing, not a reply to my email,
not a “sorry, we’re not interested” letter, nothing. I just think it’s
disgusting that companies treat <em>anyone</em> like this, let alone
potentially valuable future employees

</li>

</ol>
Those of you familiar with my plight will know who I am talking about;
those of you who don’t know which company I mean &mdash; you should
check to see if the company you work for is equally rude to its
interview candidates. Phew, I’m glad I got that off my chest.