HR Managers That Waste Your Time
- Today I had a quick skills telephone interview for an administration position with a local company. After completing the interview, I was told I would be contacted next week to be told when they would like me to come in to the company offices for an interview. Two hours after my telephone interview I received an email to say that my application was not successful because "I did not meet the criteria"! Well, if that is the case why the hell was I given a telephone interview to ask me about my previous experiences in admin / I.T., and after completing the interview get told that they wanted me to go in for an interview?!? It makes me wonder what skills / qualifications you need to work in HR - I suspect a lack of common sense!
- —Guest Pete
- Some employers ads seem to believe folks don't have a life and want you to be available day, night and weekends. I do have others things to do, you know!
- —Guest Kris
Human Resources is the Devil
- The job market is horrible and employers are taking advantage of jobseekers. They make candidates make up a username and password to apply for one position.(Let's keep it real, you have no reason to return to the website after you have submitted your resume for a job). Once you have spent 25 minutes or more filling out an online application, you receive the "thank you for your interest but you didn't get considered" email. Why is it that computers are selecting candidates to receive a call back for an interview? Most of these companies don't have that type of technology to do the actual job. Eventually I'm going to make my own job, but i need the financial resources to get there. Human Resources is the devil especially -- in CA,OH,and MI.
- —Guest D.Henderson
I Hate Employers
- I'm 20 years old and have been looking for work since age 16. Employers have never given me a go.
- —Guest Nick
Low Emotional Intelligence and Bullying
- Employers do not reward effective communication and respectful behavior. Mission, value, and vision statements are things to flesh out the website or business plan. There is no patience. Companies focus on people's assumed flaws rather than problems like inadequate resources, proper use of skills, or staffing levels. Managers verbally abuse employees on a regular basis in front of others without any consequences. Managers use verbal abuse and micromanaging to force results without any mentoring or to punish people they just don't like. Employers add responsibilities, longer hours, and productivity requirements without pay increases, training, lunch, vacation, career development, work-life balance, or a simple thank you. It's rough when you have to deal with an aggressive boss and passive aggressive co-workers that hate going to work. It's a total buzz-kill after starting a new job with excitement and seeing how miserable people are at work.
- —Guest Josh
- When we first get a job at first no one had experience until your trained thats how it was back then and thats how it should be now to give everyone a fair chance . Some people that have job still don't know what the hell they are doing and you have others that are naturally knowledgeable. And another if you don't get along with a co-worker you separate them and not force them into a hostile environment. Also if a person has committed sexual harassment the private business should take it just as serious as a large company. Employers, supervisors, managers let it go to their head its okay to treat people like peasants.
- —Guest Emerald
- I'm fed up that these employers think they can disrespect you , yell or treat you with such disrespect that they think you won't leave and its their word against your. They feel they have the upper hand if you apply for another job and they are called to check how well you worked for them and they can invent anything just to get back at you for wither leaving or not staying to put up with their crap office managers are in the same category as well they are quick to write you up but they never do wrong. Enough is enough I think just putting down employers on resume and let your performance speak for itself.
- —Guest Emerald
Lazy hiring managers
- Why post an opening if you are going to wait 2, 3 even 4 weeks to begin interviewing? The few interview appt's I get are so far after the fact of the job postings, I sometimes forget that I've even applied. And then they parrot some psycho-babble they read somewhere (like where to you plan to be in this company 5 years from now, when the job opening is temporary for 3 months!) and never even ask if you know how to do the job. Please! If you don't know how to interview, then don't complain because you "can't find good applicants"
- —Guest anon
Doesnt anyone believe in training ?
- So laugh or stop me if you have run into this. You research the company check out the website or make inquiries or show up to an interview to find out that they want the person to know everything about the position ( hence will do work with minimal supervision self starter and such like phrases ) snd you are sitting there knowing that if they are willing to give you just a few days or weeks at the most you will be up and running but no they the expert and you are wanting to scream knowing that the longer your unemployed the rustier your getting. I feel like sying to them though iunderstand where youre comeing from but drat it I am not increasing in skills being idle so take a chance willya.
- —Guest scg
- I am a machinist. There are three ways of machining: 1) manual --you know elbows and armpits 2) conversational programming 3) g-code. I worked in a shop that was g-code. I asked to be taught g-code, but I was not taught. The supervisor prefered to play on the company computer on company time on company premises. I showed up 1 hour early for several months before my night shift, and I repeatedly asked to be taught, but to no avail. The previous shop that I worked in was a conversational programming shop, so I am somewhat proficient in that format but the machine shops in my locale are g-code only. When I go to interview and they ask a g-code questions, I barely know how how to answer and I see the job flying away from my grasp. I feel like a dinosaur, like a 8 track player in an iPod workplace, and I feel less than valuable.
- —Guest SCG
I hate interviewers!
- I had a good job and lost it because someone in charge decided her daughter needed my job more than I did. I haven't been able to find anything worth keeping since. I have been on many interviews and the interviewer is super nice and friendly and acts like they really like me and then I never hear another word from them. One interview I went on lasted 2 hours. If they were not interested after interviewing with 3 people and taking three different tests then why did they keep me so long? Or I get the old "I have a couple more interviews scheduled and I will be in touch" just what kind of crap is that? If they are not interested then they should just let you know so you can move on. Why are they so nice and act so friendly and like they really do like and want you if they are not the least bit interested? Oh well, I jsut keep trying because working at McD's for minimum wage is depressing when I worked so hard to GET MY DEGREE! Yup, it's very easy to see why job seekers hate employers.
I get it...
- OK. I get it. The economy sucks and employers are in the driver's seat, but do they have to make the lives of the unemployed suck more than they already do with the following? 1. Paper job applications where we have to regurgitate our resume in longhand into tiny boxes where legibility is near impossible. 2. Getting my hopes up and wasting my time by using me as an interview "stalking horse" for a preferred internal candidate. 3. The term "overqualified" in general. Look, we know you really mean "too old" One last thing. The reason we blast resumes to jobs we are not qualified for is because state unemployment agencies have minimum weekly contact requirements as a condition of receiving unemployment benefits. Your beef is with THEM, not us.
- —Guest Discouraged
They don't care about employee security
- More and more companies today don't care about employee security. Even people with a degree are told to work for a contractual position so that they dont have to give employees regular benefits like health/dental and bonuses. Companies don't care about their futurue. They care about making a profit today and backing out whenever. Employee workforce can't always be changed according to them. If you can't find domestic work, go abroad, if you cant find abroad, use the computer. In developing countries, more people will retire and the decade that it took for people to find jobs will be missed because so many people will be underskilled because of how the companies treat young professionals.
- —Guest Pushtaki
Make me wait more..
- I'm sick of employers not telling me if I am qualified or not after the 1st interview. First, the HR employee tells me that the company needs more employees and the process will be quick. Then after the first interview the employer says: "we will call you in 2 days" and they don't call for a week. Didn't they need employees really soon?
- —Guest Victor
Specifics and followups, please?
- When I was job-hunting, I ended up going on (or being sent on by an agency) six interviews where the job they described (admin, some light data entry, mostly) was vastly different than the actual job they were trying to fill. (Full-charge bookkeeper and purchasing agent?! No kidding. That one was the worst.) It ended up being a huge waste of everyone's time. If that's what you need, then please, please, please say so. Also, I understand not getting back to everyone who sends in a resume, but if you call someone in for an interview, then say you'll be back in touch within the next week, please follow through. "Thanks, but no thanks" may not be what anyone wants to hear, but being left hanging is far worse. It doesn't have to be a phone call - a polite email would be fine. Just something to let the interviewee know where he or she stands.
- —Guest Glow Girl