In the past I have ever worked for a government agency.Say the Ministry of Social Affairs and employment. Then my employment ended. Not much later I was invited to another government agency, say at the SVB.
A recruiter, or actually an intercedent of a large Dutch employment agency, saw my RESUME somewhere online and called me up, I had to write a decent cover letter from him within an hour.That I could be fine and I got an invitation right.
I was received by a nice middle-aged lady and I was interviewed.A colleague of her who coincidentally worked for my old employer was there. He didn’t say much, he just listened. The conversation went well and I had to describe my work. After that, I was thanked by this lady and she said to me that she found it a nice conversation.
A day later I was called by the Intercedent and he said that I did not become.I thought, well that may be, they will have their reasons. But then he gave me feedback: “The lady who spoke to you found that you talked too enthusiastically about the Ministry of SZW, as if you were still working there. Think about this for the next time. ” I was then irritated. I found that that was absurd. You negative exhausts about your previous employer is a faux pas, but obviously you should not express yourself positively either.I therefore found this feedback useless.
I was approached via LinkedIn by an internal recruiter of a nonprofit organization.He saw a match in the skills but had doubts as to whether I wanted to work for a charity since I worked for ING for that.
I said the ING did a lot for various charities.Every team had to choose a charity project and do something with it. In my spare time, I always try to do something in the context of charity, such as Autism Awareness. I also donate as much as possible to charities. And the last but not least, you are looking for someone with a lot of database experience and a lot of knowledge of labor law. This is a rare combination in the HR world anyway so I wouldn’t limit your search to just people with non-profit backgrounds.
He said “excellent” and invited me to second conversation with the manager Finance and manager Compensation & benefits.Also had a good conversation and was allowed to go to the third round-with any future colleague who would go on maternity leave and transfer the tasks to me.
I congratulated her and she asked if I had children.I said yes, a boy of 7 years. She found it very pathetic for my son and asked if I wanted more kids. I think it’s a rather intimate question what nobody is talking about and in job interview it’s already done completely. I deliberately did not want to go into it, because no answer would have been good. I just said I was divorced, not a partner, and given my age, it is very unlikely that the situation is going to change yet. She began again that it was very pathetic for the little and she wanted at least three children. I pulled up my shoulders and said heck his dad can still get 5 kids, who knows. He still has brothers and sisters. She shouted: And that you think OK? Eeeh Jaa why not. Then she thanked me for my time and bonjourd.
Next, the recruiter with whom I talked in the first instance called and said he was very sorry but they still had to have someone with non-profit background.I said you saw my RESUME right? Now we are 3 conversations further. He found it very awkward but had nothing else to mention.
I was once invited by a company to come to the conversation, for an introduction.Not knowing what the rationale or connection was, I took the invitation, out of curiosity. I was received by the Director and a head of department. The latter turned out to be an ex-colleague of me. He had nominated me, outside my knowledge, as a suitable candidate for an available function.
Soon it seemed to be a job interview.At the time, I was working in a similar position at their biggest competitor. I did not offer a new employment relationship. Nevertheless, I politely replied to their questions, which seemed to test my expertise in particular. Suddenly the conversation took a strange twist.
The director, clearly irritated by Joost-mag-know-what, reported that I did not have enough knowledge and had his time done.The ex-colleague, on whose advice I was there at all, gave unsolicited feedback:
“Apply for a function that was clearly too high for me… Whether I always had such a kapsones? “
….Because I would not be suitable for the job for which they had invited me as a suitable candidate, I was rejected without ever applying…
I once applied for a large Dutch insurance company.The second job interview went very smoothly, the managers showed a few times that they wanted to have me in the team and I also had a good feeling. I went on to say that I would soon get a proposal.
A day later I was called back by an Hr employee: “Unfortunately, you did not become.We saw you already working here. Your knowledge and experience fit in perfectly with what we are looking for. You fit into the team. Actually, we see you getting started with us. But… We saw that you were submitting your application on (date), if you had been a day before we had accepted you. You’ve been late with applying. That’s bad luck. “
I was flabbergasted.I was well on time with applying and the function was still listed on their website. And if that was already an issue, why had they invited me for a first and second interview plus assessment? The Hr employee did not really have an answer to this. The function has still been online for 2 months.
The real reason I was rejected I would probably never have found out.
That my replies were “too short”.Not wrong, but just not long enough.
When I asked why they had not asked to expand, they claimed to have done so.I was there: no demand for expansion/eleboration.
One of the most arest was that they were tired of looking for candidates and that the application period lasted for a long time.Indeed, it took more than 6 months, was already 3x on call, and then hung between me and another candidate. Since it had lasted for so long I asked for a relatively quick outcome. After another three months still no answer and then let them know that I just made the choice for them by crocheting.
A student of me had to complete the entire application process at a company.When she had been told she was hired, suddenly she was asked if she still lived in Groningen (the address according to her resume) while the company in Zwolle was a bit thick an hour away. Then they said she would only want to take it on condition that she would live within 25 km of her work within three months.
She was stunned especially because she had deliberately chosen; She liked the company and the function but she didn’t want to get out of Groningen because she found that a nicer city to live in than Zwolle and had her social life.Yes that meant travel time but she lived near the station and the company was close to the station. A one and a half hour from door to door is long but not exceptional (I have suspended between Rotterdam and Amsterdam and here in Luxembourg people who live in Bastogne, Saarbrucken, Li猫ge, Namur or Nancy).
She has indicated that she did not agree to be set for the block.Rightly, with such an employer you do not want to work.
I was a nurse with a course CCU and first aid.I always wanted to work in Africa and after a 4 weeks holiday in Kenya I gesoliciteerd at the SNV. (Stichting NEDERLANDSE Volunteers) A day a psychological test and the next day a medical test and a conversation with a psychiatrist. I was 27 years old and got a message to come to The Hague.
I was rejected on the ground that I had a too good relationship with my parents and therefore could not get away for 2 years!My parents lived in Belgium and I in Amsterdam so I saw them 1x in the month. And I was born abroad and had already lived in 5 countries. Meanwhile, I had met someone who lived in Rhodesie for many years and Raade min to go there with my translated papers. When I told this, the interview star became hysterical because I would never survive without…..
Six years later I came back to the Netherlands and discovered that I would be a danger to this NGO because they could never keep me in their ivory tower and I was not left.I would certainly have become a whistle-blower.
A few days after my job interview I asked for feedback, for my personal development.It did not motivate why I did not become. I was told by an intermediary that another candidate was more suitable, in my opinion that is no feedback on me as a person. And that another candidate was more appropriate was clear after I did not become.