When, where, how and whether to complain about these job interviews?
December 6, 2013 6:13 AM Subscribe
I've interviewed twice now for academic jobs at my current institution. Both times during the interview it came out that they were considering me for a different job, one that I hadn't applied for (in both cases two jobs were advertised at the same time). I really hate this practice for reasons below, but is this just me, or is it actually inappropriate? And if the latter, who should I complain to? I am thinking of HR - there was an HR representative present at the interview.
posted by lollusc to Work & Money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Partway through each interview the questions veered off topic to ones that are only relevant to the other job that I hadn't applied for, and I wasn't prepared to answer them. It made me come across (no doubt) as confused and incompetent. I didn't get (either) job when that happened the first time. I assume I didn't get (either of) the second ones, although I haven't heard officially yet. (Usual practice would mean they would have contacted me by now if I had been successful.) I know they have done this to other people too, and I informally mentioned to the head of the committee that I thought it was inappropriate in someone else's case, so I guess they know my feelings about it, but it didn't stop them.
I don't object to being considered for a job I didn't apply for, but I do object to not being warned about it so I could prepare properly for the interview. And in the first case, when they interviewed me, it became clear that they had never been considering me for the original job that I applied for. In that case I had no interest in the other job and if I had known, I would have turned down the opportunity to interview.
So should I complain? When and to who? (I'm in Australia, in case that's relevant).