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Old 27.01.2012, 22:52
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I understand your predicament, Nessuno. I just had a very disappointing experience with a prospective Employer just recently. Just a short background: I held a Management position in a Semiconductor Company prior to moving to Switzerland in 2008. Since I moved here, I just focused on getting settled with my whole family and learning German by taking various classes. Thus, I have not been gainfully employed for the last 4 years. Anyway, last year I decided to apply for an entry-level positionthis Multinational Company which belongs to the Retail Industry. I was just realistic. Knowing that this is a new Industry and having not worked for some time, I took my chance of applying for this entry-level but promising position. I passed the 1st interview and was called for a 2nd interview. I was given a "case study" which I should present to the HR and Hiring manager on my 2nd interview. I got all positive remarks for my presentation and they were greatly impressed. They said they will let me know this week if I made it or not. That kind of puzzled me because I thought with the 2nd interview, it's more like you are already the "chosen candidate" for the position, and that the Hiring manager just would like to get a better understanding of how well you will work in the job. Well, guess what, I got a call today that they do not wish to pursue my application further as they said: Given your previous extensive work experience and where you are at now in your life, We think that you will not fit into this entry-level position. What was that all about? They knew from the very begfnning what my qualifications are, and so why did they call me for the 1st interview if they think that I am over qualified?? Sorry, I am ranting here. I am just upset at how "unprofessional" this Company is. I do hope that in your case, you will have a much better outcome. Goodluck.
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Old 28.01.2012, 00:09
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its not that easy, at our place once we offer someone the job then that's it, if they refuse, back out, or fail there probation then you have to request another FTE (which can, and often is refused) and start the whole process again. so inviting someone in beforehand makes a lot of sense.
For the company, maybe. Not the candidate's problem.
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Re: Second Interview

I got a very similar fob off too recently, overqualified for the job! A waste of time, given the CV says it all alright.. How is one supposed to get that first job in Switzerland if you can't start too low (=> overqualified) or can't try higher level (no experience in Switzerland). Got a second interview lined up with a company, I wonder what happens now.. Best of luck Anelle1740 in your search!

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I understand your predicament, Nessuno. I just had a very disappointing experience with a prospective Employer just recently. Just a short background: I held a Management position in a Semiconductor Company prior to moving to Switzerland in 2008. Since I moved here, I just focused on getting settled with my whole family and learning German by taking various classes. Thus, I have not been gainfully employed for the last 4 years. Anyway, last year I decided to apply for an entry-level positionthis Multinational Company which belongs to the Retail Industry. I was just realistic. Knowing that this is a new Industry and having not worked for some time, I took my chance of applying for this entry-level but promising position. I passed the 1st interview and was called for a 2nd interview. I was given a "case study" which I should present to the HR and Hiring manager on my 2nd interview. I got all positive remarks for my presentation and they were greatly impressed. They said they will let me know this week if I made it or not. That kind of puzzled me because I thought with the 2nd interview, it's more like you are already the "chosen candidate" for the position, and that the Hiring manager just would like to get a better understanding of how well you will work in the job. Well, guess what, I got a call today that they do not wish to pursue my application further as they said: Given your previous extensive work experience and where you are at now in your life, We think that you will not fit into this entry-level position. What was that all about? They knew from the very begfnning what my qualifications are, and so why did they call me for the 1st interview if they think that I am over qualified?? Sorry, I am ranting here. I am just upset at how "unprofessional" this Company is. I do hope that in your case, you will have a much better outcome. Goodluck.
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That kind of puzzled me because I thought with the 2nd interview, it's more like you are already the "chosen candidate" for the position, and that the Hiring manager just would like to get a better understanding of how well you will work in the job.
Well, I think you are wrong at that point: I would typically interview the top 4-5 of applicants for a job in the first round and boil it down to 2-3 in a second. In the first round it is me, in the second one I involved all sort of colleagues to get a second opinion. So if you get a second interview your chance is 50% at best!!!

The reason you got is of course complete bullshit. It is pretty obvious that they simply decided to go for another candidate they liked better... which could be for a variety of reasons. For some reason I do not understand do companies never say that but try to make up reasons based on your CV alone...
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