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Let’s talk about getting paid to be interviewed for a job

This is the year of the great resignation. Or so many say. Actually, I know so. I have seen more than 30% position vacancy rate. And, admittedly I too am “reflecting”. I rather call this the reflection economy. But that’s another topic for another day. In this economy, a lot of job interviews are occuring. And, many are grueling and unnecessarily so.

Let me give you an example of what an individual like myself might hypothetically go through. First off, its a mininum of five interviews. You meet with the first line of people who just seem to assess whether you are human and can form sentences. Then you meet with one level up, if you are designated human. After that you have another interview to determine if you’re really in it to win it. I kid you not. Then you meet with the “bosses”. You are now presumably competing against 5 to 30 others. Then you make it to the slugfest. It can be a two-day interview that is preceded by a four hour online personality assessment where you answer about 500 questions as to what kind of leader you are. And, let me tell you something. If you are Hannibal Lecter you’ll do better than if you are Mother Theresa. Also, if you are lucky you might even be interviewed by a psychologist. I use the term “lucky” loosely.

Now, let’s ignore all the silliness at each stage. These phases represent hours upon hours of talking and preparation. These phases represent hours of being on stage. I’m thinking I should be an honary member of the screen actors guild for keeping my cool even when questions verge of ridiculous. I’m thinking based on all the hours and preening, we should be paid. Many will note this is just part of the process. However, in this resignation – or rather- reflection economy, the interviewee should have some rights. We should be able to quiz the hiring committee. We should get straight answers about what is truly wrong. We should get transparency as to what the bosses are really like. We should also get paid. Time us money. In my interviews I offer great insight. That should be worth something.

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  1. You are absolutely right. Interviewees should get paid for their time. We are lucky in that we live in a very small city in Wyoming. When my husband sent out resumes, he got immediate responses. He went on two brief interviews for two different employers. The second one offered him a job a few hours after the very brief interview. The office manage came to our house to hand deliver the offer. As I said, we are lucky.

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  2. My daughter is looking for her first job after college – with a pandemic between graduating and now.

    She can’t seem to get past the bots which decide that any break (she had a sleep disorder, now controlled) means someone is not serious. She went to a major college, got the degree, and can’t get employment. Irritating not to get an interview with a human in the organizations she could work for (many), and she has an amazing array of skills no one has a slot for on their forms.

    Pah! on them all.

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