Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Just got a snail mailed letter from my Boston job interview. My heart sank at the sight of the thin envelope.

Here are the contents in their entirety:

Dear first name,

Thank you for taking the time to travel to Boston to interview with us. We all enjoyed meeting you and were very impressed with both your professional experiences and ideas for our program. We also very much appreciate your enthusiasm for the position and your attention to our programs and goals.

We will be keeping the position open for an additional round of interviews, but wanted to let you know the your you've [sic] been chosen to continue on in our selection process. We anticipate this will take several weeks and we will keep you up to date as we progress. We understand that your situation may change, during this time, and ask that you keep us updated as well.

Very best,


ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH. This is exactly the bullshitty non-answer I was dreading. This is a fucking part-time job. It should not be this hard. I think what this means is I'm the best they've got, but they dont' want to hire me. FUCK.

Gritting teeth. I just got this not 5 minutes ago, so still processing. But am thinking of a mailed letter (MAILED!! WTF! They could have e-mailed this.) that says thank you for the notice, I would continue to be a freelance consultant and would likely still be interested as their process continued and I continue to believe I was the most qualified person, in terms of knowledge of their program and needs, that they would find for this contract position. I need a better way to frame that, but again, it's off the top of my head.

Seriously. Well, at least it's not an outright rejection. I've put searching for freelance gigs on hold (and just lost one - but it was one I didn't really want to do), so I need to ramp that up. If I could find one short project, I'd be in such better shape.

I am going to make brownies.


G said...

It's probably also a hedge - "we aren't sure how our revenues will look considering the economy, so we have to make up this excuse to keep good candidates hanging while we figure this out"

Hang in there and pass the brownies. No nuts.

Molly said...

Ugh, fuck them! Seriously, how hard can it be?! I'm sorry.

k@lakly said...

Ugh..when someone closes a door, make brownies and share them:)

Tash said...

I agree with G. Also I once got a reject letter from a fairly high level govt. type job that was quite possibly the most grammatically incorrect POS I've ever received in my life. It was only about 5 sentences long and all of them were mangled. Somehow that made me feel better about not working there.

Put chocolate chips in those brownies, it's time to double down.

CLC said...

Ditto G.

Ya Chun said...

Hm. nice.

I just took a two-day-a-week job and it has been the most convoluted hiring process...and they want me to start tomorrow...why all the rush after the last THREE months...

I am not sure what your expertise is, but there are two freelance sites: Elance and ODesk. Mostly computer stuff and some writing. I've neve had lick there but am so specialized and have been too busy lately to put time in there.

Make a website. I just had a rush job that took me 2 days and paid 1.5 weeks of my old salary...lucky for me, but at least you could bring in some money in the interim.