By Alan Graner
Most of us at one time or another have looked for jobs. Here are some hiring practices that piss me off.
I’ve encountered this one several times.
You’ve been out of work for a while and have gone on several interviews, all of which ended in thanks-but-no-thanks.
Then you get the one. You ace it. The interviewer loves you, loves your resume, loves your work. Perhaps she even takes you on a tour of the office or facility. As you leave, she informs you you’re the leading candidate and you’ll hear from her soon. You walk out dancing on air thinking you’ve got a job…you’ve got a job.
Except she never calls.
Even worse, she never answers your phone calls, your voice mail, your email.
The only thing I’ve ever been able to figure out is either she overstepped her authority…or the boss’s nephew got the job.
You find the perfect job online or in the want ads. The interview goes well. The interviewer is enthusiastic and hires you on the spot.
Come Monday, you show up…and the job is nothing like the description. Maybe you’re expecting to lead a small group…and discover you’re the secretary. Or you’re going to get your own sales territory…and discover you work in a boiler room making endless cold calls.
I once asked an HR person why companies deliberately mislead candidates. His response? “If we told people what the job was really like, no one would contact us.”
You’re hired to do a job in your specialty, whether it’s medical or engineering or creative or whatever. Only you don’t get to do your job because your immediate boss does it, whether it’s because he doesn’t trust you or he thinks he can do it better, or he just doesn’t want to give up the power.
I’ve always wondered: if he’s doing my job, who’s doing his?
Hiring someone is expensive. You must:
- Place an ad or hire a headhunter
- Reserve time for interviews and reference checking
- Train the new employees
- Accept inadequate work until they get up to speed
- Complete all the company, local, state and federal paperwork
- It takes on average $4,000 to replace all categories of workers
- It may cost up to 150% of a manager’s salary to replace her
- It can cost as much as $150,000 to replace a specialized worker such as in IT employee who earns $60,000…
Source: Beth Greenwood, “The Average Cost to Hire a New Employee” in Chron http://work.chron.com/average-cost-hire-new-employee-13262.html
What hiring practices make you angry?
Image: Jay via Wikimedia Commons
Alan Graner is Chief Creative Officer at Daly-Swartz Public Relations, an Orange County, CA marketing communications firm. For a PR campaign that gets you notices and gets results, email Jeffrey Swartz at email@example.com. Or visit www.dsprel.com.