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Pulteney Grammar: unsuccessful

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An Even It Up! friend recently applied for a marketing management position at Pulteney Grammar School.  All the information about the interview process is available at The Lowdown on the Even It Up! website.  She was quite impressed with the recruitment process… until she was advised she was unsuccessful (she got down to the last 2 or 3 candidates).

And it wasn’t that she wasn’t successful that was the problem (although she was disappointed about not winning the role) – it was the way she was advised.  By email!

Hi
just letting you know that I have offered the Marketing and Enrolments position to another applicant. I expect that the offer will be accepted.
Thankyou for being interested in us. As I said along the way, this was a tough decision for us with a number of very high quality applicants. The final decision was not easy!

I wish you the very best for the future
Principal

This particular school says that it’s all about relationships, and this was emphasised in the interview process.  After two interviews and a presentation to the panel, she felt she deserved more than the above email (with no contact details included!).  Considering the seniority of the role, this approach is totally inappropriate.  The jobseeker should have been called by the Principal,  and given an honest reason/s as to why she was not successful.  Instead, she gets an impersonal (some would say gutless!) email that does nothing to build goodwill or relationships.  Until she received this advice, our friend would have been quite happy to put her hand up for other positions at the school.  Not now!  This sort of treatment guarantees a wide berth… and a spot on the Even It Up! blog and website.

Not good enough, Pulteney!

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December 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Sometimes email is downright rude!

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We hear all the time about how long it takes for jobseekers to apply for positions.  Most jobs require (at a minimum) responding to selection criteria.  With government jobs its generally like writing a sequel to War and Peace (although we do acknowledge that some departments have lifted their game and only require a cover letter – hooray!).

Given that it takes so long to put an application together (hours – sometimes days), we are disappointed to hear that many people are being advised they are not successful (for both interviews and positions) by email.  We know email’s free, we know that it’s quick, we know that it’s easy, but it’s a bit disrespectful.  Jobseekers deserve at least a letter to show that you appreciate their effort. 

There should be a rule – the more selection criteria a jobseeker has to answer, the more they deserves a personal response – something with a stamp on it!

Written by evenitup

December 3, 2008 at 2:01 am