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I'm new to this forum after stumbling across it on Google and i'm interested in hearing if i have a 'leg to stand on' regarding a grievance i have submitted to our in house HR team.


Basically i was referred for an internal job by a manager within our company who encouraged me to send my CV to our recruitment team for a very specific role.


At the start i was contacted almost immediately by the recruitment manager who said my CV and skill matched with a job they have had open since the start of July.

After a formal screening period i was successful in gaining a interview with the manager of the department on a Thursday (this is important) at 10am. The interview took place over the phone and i had been given an agenda (prior) of one hour consisting of competency based questions and technical questions. This was fine with as im a manager of a department and have conducted tens of interviews and been on training so i know what to and not to ask and also more imporatntly how to answer questions properly and to score well.


The interview started and before any questions of any real importance was asked the manager invited me to ask him questions about the role... I straight away asked why the role had been open for some time and about the growth of the department and he told me there was 2 positions available but one had been taken on the Monday previous.... now this was strange as they havnt seen all the candidates before deciding, but anyway i carried on as i felt confident in getting the remaining role.


30 mins into my interview and i hadn't been asked a single technical question on the job or a competency based question... the interviewer was from France and had issues getting his english words across to me at points and asked me questions such as "out of 10 how good are you in excel" "why did you decide to travel after school for 2 years"... things of no real relevance and nature to the job i was applying for. As this was on the phone i had a notepad and was writing down the questions of what he was asking me as this wasn't going to how i thought an interview should do.


After that initial 30 mins the interviewer asked if he could be excused for 5 mins... i thought this was a toilet break, however he re-entered the room with another person who introduced himself, said he was only free for a couple of minutes and asked me "what is the proudest moment in your career" before listening, saying thankyou and leaving.


The original interviewer came back into the office and said "we have 20 mins available what do you want to talk about" i was absolutely shocked at this and after asking him details about the role and how things worked (to try and present myself across as a worthy candidate because i thought it was some weird test) the interview ended after 52 mins.


More interestingly we have a hierarchy chart at work where you can see all the managers and there directs and 2 days after the interview i got nosey and decided to check out the manager and his team and low and behold he had already got 1 new person in that team (knowing he had interviews booked until the end of the week) and more more importantly, the person who got the job is from a company who was recently purchased by our company. Now ive spoken to some people and it seems the manager already had an idea of who he wanted to recruit but to make it "official and legal" he had to open the post up to the internal public...but it seems successful applicants already knew before all other other interviews were done.


To be honest that could be nay say BUT one person has the role.

Im concerned i was asked;


  • No technical questions
  • No competency questions
  • No questions of any kind regarding the role
  • Lack of communication through language barrier
  • Half way through some random person arriving and asking a question before leaving

When the decision came back as a no, i asked for feedback to why and the recruitment agent said it came with the notes: "not enough technical experience" "we are ideally looking some someone with 5 years as a business analyst" - well i have 8 year experience and was not asked a single technical question even after my prompts.


I have requested to see the interview questions and notes and cross reference them with mine as i have no idea how he could have eliminated me from the role.

I have also spoken to another interviewee whose interview was conducted by a different person and was set with questions of a technical and competency kind and seemed very professional.

I feel i was declined based on who i got to interview me, they didn't do it properly and it was a shambles.


Any opinion would be great or if i do have that leg to stand on :)


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You may well be right but there is little you can do unless you were treated less favourably becuse of your gender or race. I worry more about the quality of the recruitment company and what their role was. As you are already in a managerial position you must know a little about the interaction between your firm and them so do you feel that you can give them honest feedback without amking things worse?

If not leave well alone.

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