A friend sent me this text the other day:
Well, no news on my front. Can you believe this company? Early Friday, we agreed on a starting salary and a start date, and they had me complete a New Hire Form.
Then they set up a meeting late Friday titled “Review Job Offer Details.”
That meeting was rescheduled because a VP needed to sign off on the offer paperwork. Then on Tuesday [the following week], they scheduled two more interviews.
I was told that I would be reporting to someone else [than the first person they’d told my friend about], but that this wouldn’t affect my offer.
Then on Thursday, I was told that there was no position, only contract (temporary) work.
I haven’t heard from them since.
I could honestly write a book (maybe I will) about all the lousy treatment employers are dolling out to job applicants these days.
Hey employers! We know it’s still a buyer's market for talent, but that’s no reason to forgo common courtesy, let alone common sense.
And we know you’re busy, blah, blah, blah, but so is everyone else, including your applicants. Plus you know what? Your applicants are also anxious, because looking for a job these days is an anxious proposition. Have a heart, okay?
But if that's asking too much, consider all the money you’re throwing away on false starts and stops, multiple rounds of interviews, and time spent crafting advertisements, revised job descriptions, and so forth.
You can’t just file this under “the cost of doing business.” Uh huh. This is flat-out wasteful.
So get your act together, please.
Seriously, I’m begging you.