Tuesday, December 12

Abuse of The Applicant

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While the recession is on the mend, it’s a slow road to recovery for those out of work still. However, looking for a new job is easier than actually getting one it seems. The hoops an applicant has to go through doesn’t seem to ever end. In my own search to find employment, I have met more and more obstacles that seem are in place to lengthen or hinder attaining a career. I remember just ten years ago you could walk in a business who is hiring for a position and ask for the manager in hopes he would have enough of a good feeling about you to offer a position, all he needed you to do was fill out the application for his records. And, just like that, you had a new job with that company.

Today, things are not that simple. In my own attempt to search employment opportunities, there are several steps to go through. Not only that, but the employers don’t seem to mind making you wait for each step unnecessarily. Currently the steps to gain employment are as follows. First, you find a company who is hiring. That can be easy unless you’re looking for a particular career path. Once you find the company you would like to work for and you ask if their hiring, they all tell you the same thing, “We’re always taking application.” Let me tell you something, that means nothing. Most companies keep application on record for 6 months and not hire at all.

Second step is you fill out the application, which is very necessary so I’ll move on to the third step which is a questionnaire. I’ve taken some that took me two hours total. A company will tell you that the questionnaire has no right or wrong answer. That is not true. Actually, a computer analyzes your answers to judge your character and profile. The answers are not reviewed by a human being at all, so proceeding to the next step depends on the cold judgment of a computer. I know I for one would rather not be judged by a computer. And, to be honest, everyone lies on those questionnaires to make them seem more honest and/or dependable. Face it, we need and want a job. So the fact that people lie on them proves they are a useless step.

Fourth Step is you have to do a survey separate from the questionnaire. The survey is a set of questions meant to determine your personality, again to be judged by a computer. Again, these can be between thirty minutes to an hour long and just like step three, this is useless since people lie to look more dependable in order to move on to the next step. There are right and wrong answers. If the computer scores you high enough, you are able to move on.

The Fifth step is your first interview. This seems to be good news but you usually have to wait about a week or two before being called for this. The first interview however, is usually with someone who has absolutely no say so as to if you are hired or not. They talk to you and share their impressions to the manager or the human resources personnel.

The Sixth step is the second one-on-one interview with a manager. This step can take another week or two in order to reach it. You sit down and basically answer the same questions the first interviewer asked. When you’re done, He will tell you he has to talk with the other managers after more interviews before making a decision. If you are chosen, which can take yet another week or two, you are asked to do a drug test. For your information if a company asks you to take a drug test, you have that job unless you fail the test. A company will not pay that kind of money for a drug test for someone they might not hire. If you are not chosen, you are just left in the dark unless you call them and inquire on the progress. They will not call to let you know they chose someone else.

As you can see, there are hurdles to hiring and most are just to waste the time of the applicant. One company, from the time I applied to the time I got my interview with the district manager was three months. Another company makes you take two tests before the interview. I did everything and passed the tests with higher scores than the rest of my group. When I did the interview, which was three weeks later, I was told I wasn’t right for the job.

In conclusion, the numerous unneeded hurdles to get a job, and the amount of time applicants have to wait to even talk to a manager or human resources personnel shows that companies don’t really seem to realize or care that when an applicant applies for a position, they don’t need a job weeks or even months later. They need a job at the time they apply. The current hiring practices are abusive to the people in desperate need of a job. All the reforms and presidential bills won’t help unless these practices are affected.

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