Interview 'farce';Letter

12th June 1998 at 01:00
I am a 28-year-old modern languages graduate who has recently found a new post. But I was on the verge of giving up - and changing career - because of my treatment at interviews. Out of the six since Christmas, only once was my treatment honest and professional.

I have fallen victim to internal candidates, "cheaper" candidates and even "too few candidates" when the school decided to re-advertise without interviewing the two of us who turned up. All of these after up to 400-mile round trips and without any guarantees of repaid expenses.

The whole procedure is a farce. For example, the head of my current school appoints students without interviewing - and even offers applicants jobs over the 'phone without meeting them. Elsewhere, heads are rigorously professional. How is this inconsistency possible?

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