The other day I came across an article by Liz Ryan on LinkedIn titled “Know When to Bail on the Wrong Job Opportunity and Do It!” Based on the title, you can see that Liz makes a case for when you should give up on a particular job opportunity. Everything she states in this article is dead on. I agreed with her the entire time I was reading the article but then it got me thinking… How many of us entry level,desperate for the chance to show anyone what we are really made off, would actually turn our backs on potential job opportunity.
One of the reasons Liz mentions to call it quits on a potential job opportunity is if it is taking the employer more than two weeks to provide you with any form of communication. Again an excellent point, but I fear that it’s just not realistic for someone in my phase of life. I mean a potential job opportunity is a potential job opportunity right? And until you turn me down can I just walk away without any idea when the next opportunity will come knocking? After all I do need to feed my children and keep Sallie Mae off my back.
You see recently I experienced exactly what Liz brought up regarding communication or better yet, lack of. I interviewed with a fortune 500 company. For a fortune 500 company, You would they had the latest “How-To” deal with potential employee. WRONG! Pure inconsideration and overall horrible HR practice is what I experience from this company. I wanted to bail-out and send them a couple copies of etiquette books, But I didn’t… I couldn’t. This was a dream opportunity for someone with my level of experience… a dream opportunity for me. This is the foot in the door that I have been working so hard for. Let’s face it everyone is looking for experience but hardly anyone out there is willing to offer it, so I don’t know how realistic or wise Liz’s advice would be to someone like me.
Here is my story about my experience
I applied for a position that I felt was absolutely perfect for me.I waited for months and never heard from the company. That is until about five months later while I was on maternity leave. One day while I was in the car with a crying baby waiting for my husband to come out of a job interview ; I get a phone from this company. I had completely forgotten about it, but they called asked if I was interested in interviewing which I definitely was. By the end of our conversation we had made an appointment for a phone interview for the following morning.
The next day after spending most of the night prepping, preparing, and coming up with a game plan with my husband for dealing with any screaming babies; the time of my appointment came and went with a phone call. I started to panic that maybe they had heard me trying to calm my baby during our initial conversation and changed their minds about me. Before I started to feel completely down, I remembered the phone number was from the west coast and thought maybe she speaking in regards to her time zone. So I wanted for an hour, then another hour. Nothing! I called the number back but there was no answer. As you can imagine I spent the rest of the day feeling disappointed and down about this lost opportunity.
Then at 5:45 P.M I get a phone call from another out-of- state number. It was the person I had scheduled my appointment with. She explained that she had forgotten we had made an appointment (Weird) and asked if this was a good time to interview. Really I wasn’t…I was trying to feed my eldest daughter and my other baby had just woke up from a nap, my husband wasn’t home but I wasn’t about to let this opportunity slip out of my hands, so I lied and said “this is a great time!” In order to make sure my baby stayed quiet and calm I slipped her a nipple & prayed.
The next day I got a call back saying that I had made it back to the next round, so we scheduled an in person interview. I went to the interview. Was told I would hear something by the following week, which was the week before Christmas. I thought this could be the best Christmas of my adulthood! A few days passed, I sent my personalize thank you notes to the interview panel like a good little job seeker and waited for the call.
The next week came and went without any communication. Ok, maybe the decision was difficult and they were still trying to work it out. The following week also came and went no word. Ok it was Christmas week, so of course people are gone; nobody is worrying about work this week. Another week came, still no word. So I emailed the interview coordinator midweek but no response. Ok, it was still the holiday season. A couple more weeks went by without any word. I found contact information for an HR rep at the company so I decided to email him to ask for an update on the position. He doesn’t respond, but the person that I would have been reporting to sent me an email stating that they had not made their decision but should by the following week. A week came and went, and guess what? No word! Nothing! Not even the standard “Thank you but we have decided to blah blah blah.”
At this point I have become completely disgusted by the lack of professionalism and communication that I had been experience since the first day I started dealing with this company, but I was not completely turned off. The truth was that I was completely hungry for this position and to be a part of this company so I was willing to accept the inconsideration and strange behavior as just something I had to go through, to get what I believe was the perfect opportunity. A couple days ago a friend notified me that this same company had now posted two job postings for the position that I interviewed for. Although I was completely annoyed that they hadn’t just turned me down like every other company would, I submitted another application for the very same position that I had interviewed for.
Yes they appear to be a hot mess and ruined my Christmas but I just couldn’t bail out on this opportunity, because although I know I am good at what I do and would use everything in me to make sure that I was amazing. The truth is…I just don’t know when an opportunity like this would come up for me again. That is the reality when you are entry level. I am all for fighting the good fight, but I don’t know if I had the proper “weapons” to take on this battle. When would I get another opportunity for someone to over look the fact that I don’t have 10 years of experience. So the fact that such an impressive company took interest in me was a big deal that I just don’t think would have been wise for me to bail out. This is the reality of being entry level
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