I have mixed experience in recruitment process. Big organisations did slightly better in dealing with applicants than smaller ones but not much. Organisations with sophisticated online present turned out not so impressive offline. A startup organisation I was interviewed with, with lot of buzz in social media, admitted lacking of human resources and fundings.
After weeks of waiting, some organisations did not notify interview results. I had to initiate contact asking for feedbacks. I understood that recruitment process may take some time but failing to inform applicants is just unacceptable. Both parties, applicants and employers, invested time, energy and money for interviews and tests. It’s only fair if responsibilities and rights are shared and respected.
The most confusing moment was being forced to sign nondisclosure agreement before interview commenced. HR did not inform me in advance, and I simply could not say no considering it took me an hour to get to their office. Sitting in a meeting room, I was told: “We can’t proceed the interview if you don’t want to sign this NDA”.
Employers sometimes lacking of ideas
Organisations aimed to start new project have tendency to not knowing what they want. They came with ambiguous and unable to clarify this. My assumption, they used the interviews to collect ideas, and perhaps validation. Three positions I applied were cancelled after I completed all steps in hiring process. I would not be surprised if these were euphemism for rejection, in the name of British politeness.
I also discovered a startup organisation mentioned previously stole the ideas on how they can pilot open data project that I presented in the interview. It’s flattering, of course, but I honestly didn’t (still don’t) feel good about it.
I encountered awkward situations when employers asked personal questions, including my visa status, than necessary. An HR Manager from organisation working in transparency sector quizzed me: “My wife works in Border Control (office), I know how difficult to get working permit visa to UK. How did you manage to get yours?” I cringed, I was afraid to speak impolitely.
Similar queries that I received from time to time were:
Why did you decide to move to UK?
How long you have been living in the UK?
How long your current visa will last, and what will you do to renew it?
Are you married?
It should be noted that these questions are illegal, applicants have right to refuse answering them.
What could I have done differently?
My experience has taught me to pay more attentions on recruitment process: how employers treat their applicants. From my observation, I identify few lessons as follows:
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