RE: interviews and ethics

Subject: RE: interviews and ethics
From: "Oja, W. Kelly" <w -dot- kelly -dot- oja -at- verizon -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:00:55 -0500

After reading some of the posts under this thread, I felt compelled to
post my thoughts on the subject. I personally would never submit a
resume, let alone interview, for a job unless I was willing to accept
the position if offered to me. I am not passing judgment here, I simply
see the practice as unethical. A number of years ago before I went back
to college, I was a car salesman a time or two over the years. The worst
thing about the job was the <people> that came on the lot, wasted your
time, and never intended to buy. I am not talking about the comparison
shopper mind you, just the <people> that had nothing else to do, so they
decided they would go down to the car lot and <waste my time>.

I think people going on job interviews with no intention whatsoever of
taking the job, and essentially doing the same thing, wasting someone
else's time. In this case, the interviewer. Not to mention other people
in HR, managers, and so on.

Furthermore, I have asked for raises before, both pre-college and
post-college, and usually felt comfortable enough in asking for the
raise and confident enough that I would get the raise, But I have never
thought about holding a company hostage. First of all, in these somewhat
tough economic times, what is to stop the employer from saying "No" to
the tactic? "Well, we're sorry to see you go, don't let the door hit you
in the butt on your way out."

Of course, that's just me. Off the cuff, and off the record. Well, maybe
just off the cuff.

W. Kelly Oja
Verizon Airfone

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