This is a note to remind to all recruiters, hiring managers, and folks looking to onboard great people...Stop what you are doing and really listen!
Fierce IT Leader: HEAR ME ROAR!
July 14,2020 at 11:08PM UTC
So, four interviews into a company...I get the rejection notice today. Not a phone call but an impersonal email saying that "We would like to keep you in mind for a more seasoned role in the future...one that will be more aligned to your compensation requirements..."
That messaging is horrible. If you and I invested over four hours of conversation, I merit a phone call to tell me another candidate was selected. Afford me the opportunity for discussion. With that type of email, you basically said to me, "We know you are overqualified for the role but we need to interview a certain number of candidates to justify our selection process."
I am emotionally charged right now. I get it. I really thought that I was the right person for the role that I was actively being recruited for. We never discussed a salary. We had a small discussion around the range in the initial pre-screening call and even then, it was a "range that had room for negotiations." I wasn't given the chance to receive an offer to reject. How did they know what my compensation was?
I am so tired of the interview process right now. Generally, I am always positive, as witnessed by other blogs but today, I am starting to feel that I will never be hired. During my interviewing process, I (again) was asked for samples of my work. I hate this part of the process and it really does need to stop. Why? you ask? because I am giving away consulting services.
I usually ask for feedback after a rejection but don't feel that there is anything to ask at this point. Four interviews - all executive level. I likely intimidated someone that had a lesser skill set. That is sad for them. No one knows my personal life to know what my salary "needs are" versus "expectations". Making an assumption that I won't accept an offer without giving one to accept is the wrong answer...ALWAYS.
My soapbox rant is over. Willing to listen to feedback. Willing for someone to hire a VP in IT...
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