Before yesterday, I don't know which I would have considered worse:
1. Not knowing Papa's success regarding interviews
2. Having one get so close but slip right out of our hands
Now I am sure that #2 is unbelievably worse....
Papa had a couple of interviews last week. One went extremely well and Papa was confident that he matched what the company wanted almost perfectly, including extensive knowledge of their computer system. He viewed this job as his "safe" bet and thought the only hurdle we could possibly encounter was salary. Sure there were some "Cons" to the job - most notably the fact that Papa would be stuck in a cubicle/office for about 90% of the day - but this job was a solid one and in a company that encouraged promoting from within as much as possible.
You know where I am going with this, don't you?
Yesterday afternoon, Papa received an email that the position had been filled.
Papa emailed the HR department back. He had to know what happened. He was worried that something went wrong in the interview that he just had no clue about and wanted to know what he could do (interview wise) moving forward in his job search. The HR guy asked Papa to call so they could talk on the phone. And after what was said, I could see why HR wouldn't want any paper trail...
HR Guy confirmed Papa did amazing in his interview. Out of the four people they saw about this position, he was by far the most qualified. They were going to call him back for a second interview (read between the lines - negotiate salary/starting date/etc). But, guess what happened?
An old employee moved back into the area and wanted a job. This person was also an old college hockey buddy of the man who would have been Papa's boss. So, because the old employee wanted back in and had such "good chemistry" with the boss, they hired the guy on the spot! Say it with me everyone....
The "Good Ol' Boy Network is alive and well!
Yes, I guess I do sound bitter. This one stings a little bit for both of us. However, it was good for Papa's psyche to know that it wasn't anything he did or didn't do during his interview.
He has two more in person interviews this week - one today and one on Friday. I am trying to push out the negativity and hope for the best with one of these two. If not, then there are more on the horizon. All we can do is keeping moving forward, right?
Have a great Hump Day!