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Old 11-05-2019, 12:06 PM
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My friend was applying for a job in a nice office. There were six candidates so she did her homework-dressed up fairly smart, had her CV and paperwork all in order, found out a little about the company,made sure to get there in good time. After all,it was sure to be quite a strong contest surely and every little impression helps.

Well... 2 candidates did not show.
2 candidates turned up late.
1 candidate turned up in ripped jeans and trainers and a hoodie.

So she got the job purely by turning up.. on time... looking presentable and being halfway competent. It does help when the rest of your rivals manage to eliminate themselves for you...
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:15 PM
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Yikes. It's sad when the competition is so pathetic.
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Old 11-06-2019, 01:55 AM
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30+ years ago, The Wife applied for a job at the university that I worked at. I was told that she was the only qualified candidate to apply.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:58 AM
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Kit-Ginevra: Congrats to your friend for getting the job! You really have to wonder about the other "contenders" ...

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30+ years ago, The Wife applied for a job at the university that I worked at. I was told that she was the only qualified candidate to apply.
In all my years of job-hunting, I've lost track of the times I've been told "Okay, you don't really meet the qualifications, but apply ANYWAY."

Sometimes it's a matter of something simple (a classmate of mine applied for a job in which two years of work in the field were "required" but she made a sufficiently good impression that she -- with the ink on her diploma still wet -- was hired anyway). But sometimes the attitude seems to be "You're upright and breathing; that might be all they really want!" even though the ad asks for five years of experience in something very specific.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:57 PM
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In all my years of job-hunting, I've lost track of the times I've been told "Okay, you don't really meet the qualifications, but apply ANYWAY."

... even though the ad asks for five years of experience in something very specific.
The thing is, sometimes the "X years of experience" is pure BS. In CS, companies have been known to demand "10 years of experience" for a software package that hasn't been around that long.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:30 PM
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I'm having the opposite problem here. Job listing shows "Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience" and then the automated system immediately asks if you have a Master's degree. If you say no, you get dumped out for failing to meet the criteria.

I've followed up on a couple of these now and I have been assured they want a Master's degree (for an ENTRY LEVEL JOB???) and this isn't an error. Nor is the job listing incorrect. Somehow... I disagree.
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Old 11-20-2019, 01:57 PM
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My sister applied for a job years ago, and one of the applicants made her self comfortable by sitting cross-legged on the floor and taking her shoes off.
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