|Disastrous job interview!||November 25, 2013, 7:40 am|
Been looking for a new job for a while now, I'm just ready to move on from were I am, I have certainly got everything I can from my current job!
Anyway, I saw a great IT job at the Land Registry a few weeks ago. I applied by having to fill in pretty much an essay on their core values. It took a week of planning, research and writing, but it paid off as it got shifted through to the dreaded 'interview' stage! - YAY At least thats a step in the door.
I was advised I would be given an IT test and if I pass, move onto a telephone role play exercise and then if I pass that onto an interview about all their core values and on the essay I pretty much submitted originally (so I needed to know that inside out)
I spend pretty much the week following up to it on revision on the company, googling all the possible questions you may have and even given my self those silly IT tests you get on-line to test your knowledge. I worked my ass off to prepare so I could give it my 'best' shot ever!
So on the day I get there on time, I'm suited up and looking good and I know all my stuff and am as prepared as I can ever be! Really excited about this job!
So my first activity is the IT test, I'm not too worried as I know my stuff...but obviously anxious! I read the first question and had obsoletely no idea what the fuck I was reading! It went on about ASCII key characters and button presses, which I do understand, but not in the way this was written.....the paragraph was really oddly put together. You then read four sentences which are about this paragraph and then state if each sentence is 'Mostly True', Mostly False' and 'Impossible to say' Each sentence was written oddly too. The whole test was like this. I had a really hard time comprehending the paragraph and stating what was true or False. This was not actually an IT test, but a verbal reasoning test, disguised as an IT test. Easy for some, but as a kid I suffered from dyslexia quite badly and was held back at school as at the time they didn't understand it. Either way I have never let this get in my way of my jobs and don't even tell people about it, in fact I bet most my work colleagues don't even know I have it. However, due to this I find these 'Verbal Reasoning' tests hard.
So after that I was told I passed! OMG...this HAD to be dumb luck! I was 100% sure I had failed.....I only passed 'just' though!
So next the telephone role play exercise! Now this was my strength as I do this all the time for my current job, fixing technical problems over the phone and being very patient with all sorts of people. In fact I have been told many times now good I am. I also nearly always fix the issue over just one phone call. I am pretty good at this! However, this exercise was just plain stupid, it made no sense, I was rushed as I had to fix issues with in 2 minutes, while also taking ID number of customer, location, decryption etc etc. I was literally being timed with a stop watch! I finished the call just! I was feeling confident about the result, so I awaited my result......I failed and was sent home with no interview. Apparently I rushed! WTF!!!
So now I'm really upset and angry as I feel I was not even given a chance! I didn't even get to the interview that I prepared for all week! I had some fantastic stuff to show them and talk about. I feel I was discriminated against for my dyslexia (that I never let effect my job) and some stupid telephone exercise says Im not suitable to fix issues over the telephone, even though that is in fact one go my stronger attributes!
Now my partner who works in a similar office environment to the Land Registry could have got further then me without a doubt! Even passing the interview and being a possible candidate for selection, yet there is no way she could do the job as she does not know how to fix computers!
Im just baffled with what employers are looking for now a days. What a waste of time all that was for me! I wouldn't be so hurt if I at least made it to the interview!
My confidence has really been knocked now! I know I shouldn't let it get to me, but it has, I WANTED my interview! I worked hard preparing for it.....guess hard work does not pay off after all.....not even a little!