A candidate’s bill of rights

I think candidates deserve certain things:

To be notified if they will or will not be pursued as an applicant for the position.  How would you like it if you ask someone out and they say “I’ll let you know if I am interested?”

  • A realistic job description of what the position is, not just what background of your perfect candidate.  Years of experience and where you went to school is like saying looks matter more than who someone is.  Looks fade with time, as does the predictability GPA has on performance or pay.
  • Benefits information including providers, cost and coverage.  nonnegotiables should be presented up front for everyone to see.  If you are sterile, you should probably let your significant other know before the honeymoon.
  • A timeline and explanation of what the interview process will look like.  If you don’t want to get married again, don’t string someone along.
  • The freedom to contact someone if they start wondering “did I miss a call/email or are they not interested.”  We are adults, stop breaking up with people by not returning their calls.

If you are a candidate and you do not get these things it may be a sign of how the company regards their employees.  If they treat you poorly when you are dating, how do you think the marriage will turn out?

The Man

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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