Montag, der 27. Juni 2016

May be I shoot myself in the foot with this post. Might be I better shut up, but just can’t help putting my foot in it. And what´s a voice for, if you don´t speak up?
This is not about being rejected and feeling bad about it. It´s not a „go f*** yourself, you don’t deserve me“ post. This is about ‪#‎badstyle‬ and I does not mean ‪#‎badass‬ style (I am badass!), I mean ‪#‎justbad‬.
I applied for a well paid, highly regarded job and was invited for a job interview, because I am skilled and perfectly trained, fit for this position and my approach is innovative. In the invitation letter I was asked for a 10-minute presentation of a sketch of an art-mediation project. I worked 3 days on the concept and designed an awesome presentation. The job interview took place on a Friday evening at 6:30 and the 10-persons jury was tired after a long working day. Me too. Everybody made her/his best out of it. In the end they told me, that I would get informed about the outcome by the end of the next week latest. As I reflected upon my performance, I felt I could have done better and knew, that they were searching for someone else. For me it felt not the perfect position either, but I was curious to get their feedback. I want to learn, I want to do better next time. Feedbacks are always great, especially, when I´ve failed. But I waited the whole week – and nothing.
This Monday morning a mail came – from the secretary! „Im Auftrag von … übersende ich Ihnen das angefügte Schreiben “ („by order of … I send you the attached document“) and attached it was, the standardized (!!!) rejection letter. Dear institutions, dear ‪#‎oldboynetwork‬, dear ‪#‎decisionmaker‬,
that is truly bad style. If people give themselfes in this relationship of trust, which an application always means, if they even get invited to your interviews and give their time and work, they can expect a personal call at least! I have observed the rise of ill-bred habitude like ‪#‎ghosting‬, not-answering-mails and not-answering-applications-forever over the last years. It comes together with the not-paying, with the service contracts, with a general DIS-appreciation for the work of cultural workers, that are academic juniors or even graduates.
Where does that lead us? My motto always ´ve been: „If you can´t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen“, but this kitchen is not hot, it´s already burnt-out.
I was lucky in the end, because I would pay now, for not having to work for this particular institution. But what about the others? Is this behavior becoming socially accepted?
Are there fairer standards anywhere? If so, ‪#‎hireme‬!

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