No Courtesy?

@Malyck (3428)
Australia
April 26, 2008 8:04am CST
I'm really starting to get annoyed. I applied for a job 3 weeks ago, and after waiting a week and not receiving a call for my interview (which was supposed to come the day after applying), I called to check when it would be. I was told it would be not last Wednesday, but the Wednesday before (9th), at 9am, and I arrived early just in case and I thought it all went quite well, I left half an hour later, again being told I would receive a phone call the next day, or the day after that. Here I am, a week and a half later, and I have heard ZILCH! I gave all my relevant contact details including 2 email addresses and NOTHING! I understand that I may not have gotten the job, but is there no such thing as a courtesy call any more? I understand it can be and awkward conversation, but how difficult would it be to call or email me with a simple "thank you for your time, but you're not what we were looking for in this position, regards ____". I'm really frustrated that they're screwing me around, I mean I don't even know if I definitely didn't get the job (but after this long, you have to assume that you're not hired), and I shouldn't have to be the one to call them. Although I plan on doing it tomorrow. Is this common, to be left in the dark by a potential employer because they can't be bothered calling in case it's "awkward"? Has any body else had this sort of treatment?
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@Elixiress (3893)
26 Apr 08
Yes, I have handed in many CV's and only heard back from 2. I would appreciate that even if my CV is not good enough for them to ring me and tell me why. I got asked what hours I could work off one company, but I couldn't fit the hours they wanted around my education, so that stopped there. The other one I had an interview for, didn't get the job, but at least they wrote me a letter. Actually they sent me two copies of the same letter a week apart ODD.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
26 Apr 08
Haha, that is quite odd, but at least they're... thorough I guess =P Make sure that you really know what's wrong with you =D I think they especially take advantage of us "youngens", even though you'd think they'd be jumping all over us, begging for us to work for them so they can pay us minimum wage. But apparently a lot of them want to just waste our time. *frown*
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@Elixiress (3893)
26 Apr 08
Yeah I hate how you have to have experience to get a job, yet you need a job to get experience. It is a no win situation.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
26 Apr 08
Precisely. The worst thing is, the job I'm talking about in this post is at "The Reject Shop", a discount warehouse sort of thing, which would be classed as "unskilled retail" or something of the sort, and they train you up with all the skills you'll need for the position anyway. Ugh, it is a lose-lose situation, sometimes.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I know how you feel and I've had that happen too. I don't know which is worse though, employers not even contacting you or ones that take weeks to months to even let you know you didn't get it. I'd say never being told is bad, but having to wait on confirmation (especially with multiple prospects) that can be annoying too.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
27 Apr 08
Having to wait for confirmation is worst I think, and I don't understand how places can take so long. Even when they have a large amount of applicants, I'm sure there are stages in the process and they cull certain people, who should be told immediately, and the remaining applicants should be notified that they are still being considered, so at least you know you haven't been forgotten, and you can put off applying elsewhere. Still hoping for a call... =D
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• United States
26 Apr 08
Unfortunately this has become the norm in society. My mother is eager to get another job because where she works now, she gets paid good on the hour, just not enough hours. Anyway, she interviewed for a position to be a floating medical assistant. She would be traveling between a couple of clinics. They told her all the benefits of the job, and it seemed as though they were excited about bringing her aboard. She has gone through the interview process, and has actually did a visit at one of the clinics. After this, they told her that they would be contacting her early the next week, which was last week. We still haven't heard anything from them at all. How hard is it just to send a form letter thanking a person for their time if they aren't going to hire them? How about a quick phone call? It isn't right to keep a person hanging, they may miss other opportunities because they think one is coming through, until its a month later and they don't have any of them.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
27 Apr 08
That's exactly how I'm feeling, I don't want to apply elsewhere until I know if this is definitely not an option, and I think it's really rude to leave people hanging like this. I hope your mum does end up getting a call and a very sincere apology! Thank you for your comment =D
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• United States
27 Apr 08
Her plan is to call the firm first thing tomorrow morning, just to see where they stand. We have taken this circumstance to another level. Since you don't want to call us back, we will call you and call you until we get on your nerves and you tell us either we have the job, or we don't. Its just that simple!!!
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
28 Apr 08
I hope the phone call lands your mu the job, I'm sure she deserves it, and I know that none of us deserve to be left in the dark, especially after we've dedicated time and energy into trying to get a job, the least they can do is keep us informed, even if the news isn't what we hoped for. =)
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