Something that I feared would happen actually occurred today, just adding to the frustration of being unemployed.
I got an e-mail from the company I interviewed with last week, basically saying that they chose someone else for the position because they felt I was overqualified.
It wasn’t your typical form-letter rejection e-mail. When I read it, the fact that it was a personal e-mail was more than clear. The two people I interviewed with went out of their way to say they were “very impressed” with me, which isn’t the kind of compliment usually included in a form e-mail.
I can’t say I was shocked. The two people I met with expressed concern that the job was a step down from what I had been doing.
But people in a position to hire need to understand something: In today’s economy, which is getting worse by the millisecond, taking a potential step backward isn’t the worst possible move.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that people making hiring decisions need to realize that while they may view a potential backward move as going from 100 down to 70, from the perspective of the unemployed, we view it as going from 0 to 70. If there wasn’t an interest on our part, we wouldn’t waste our time — regardless of the wealth of unexpected free time we might be “enjoying” — if we weren’t interested in the position.
Calgon, take me away!