I was recently sidelined for a role that was advertised for someone to write, who knew about blogs, and wikis. Also needed to be able to create powerpoint presentations incorporating flash. Hmmm, lessee… just completed a Masters in Communication with distinction, writes two blogs – one of which has had over 90,000 words written in the last 10 months, does all the web master work on the four blogs, wrote the web site setting the blogs, organised and ran New Zealand’s first international weblog conference, Blog Hui; manages 20+ swicki, taught powerpoint… (rant, rant…) interested in potentially undertaking PhD research into the role…
Received a clipped note – after I asked (much later) about was the role still live – ‘there were other, stronger candidates’. Wondering exactly when was that information going to be shared. Perhaps I should’ve been more empathetic when I was told there was no job description.
Phew. That was close. Might’ve ended up there.
The great news is there is no worries whatsoever about the state of the writing/blogging/wiki in Wellington. For any given role there are numbers of strong candidates – which is fantastic, however it does make a shadow of doubt cross my mind when I hear the bleats about the shortage of skilled staff.
I’m so sick of the shortage of professional recruitment practices and underpants gnome roles where, while the initial interviews are taking place, there’s still no job descriptions, or specific details about the role that is being filled with such great urgency. It’s hard to take this kind of behaviour seriously. My other favourite is the coy, ‘We can’t tell you what the role is worth, because then you’d know – by the way, how much do you think you’re worth?’
Why can’t companies/government departments give you a straight answer to the same questions they ask you?
Where do you see this company/government department being in five years time?
Give me an example of how the company/government department has managed an ethical issue, and what happened as a result?
What are the weaknesses of this company/government department?
Why does this company/government department want to do this job?
What will this company/government department bring to my life?
Why should anyone work for this company/government department?
I don’t know, but I imagine Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates probably would be able to answer these questions. I’m guessing, but perhaps that gives some indication as to why they’ve done well.