He's interviewing for government (state) jobs. I can tell you from experience that certain things that may be getting in his way, depending on his state: quotas, priority hiring (usually military), cronyism, and health insurance costs.Quote:
...10 interviews for state jobs...
In the OP, I think health insurance costs were the big issue.
Right now, state agencies are trying to cut costs any way they can because the tax revenue is drying up. The last thing they want is to increase insurance costs with older, sicker people.
Usually, it is Human Resources who weighs in on insurance costs once there is a short list of candidates. Before that, the department doing the hiring may be excited about a job candidate and desire to hire him or her. But even the top candidate that everyone loves can be nixed if the insurance is too high. I've seen it happen.
I believe this is the reason the applicant above did not get his job. If you look at the pattern, he had several really good interviews and was led to believe he had the job. That meant that the department really liked him. However, as the selection process got closer to the end, HR probably weighed in, noting his age, his bad back, and whatever other health problems he may have had and nixed him as a candidate.
They would not tell him that, however, as it would be discriminatory: age discrimination, ADA, etc. So they have to invent some other reasons why his qualifications are "lacking." Because the turnaround was so abrupt, it took the applicant by surprise and he smelled a rat. He just didn't know which one.
The department clearly didn't want any trouble so they invited him to apply for another position, figuring that he would be so demoralized that he would not. When he did apply, they nipped it in the bud.
Could it have been something else, like a bad reference that came through late in the hiring process, for example? I actually doubt that. Most employers only verify dates of employment, for fear of lawsuits.
The doctor that originally fired the applicant, after many years as a good employee, mentioned his back as a reason he could no longer be employed, even though his job did not suffer from it. I'll bet my bottom dollar that the doctor's health insurance for this employee skyrocketed and he fired him to reduce costs on the business. Since that doctor actually mentioned his back, the applicant might consider getting a disabilities lawyer.
Or...like a lot of DUmmies, he's lying and leaving something out. :friendly_wink:
Maybe you get four interviews if the job you are applying for is "guy that carries the nuclear football" but other than that, four interviews without an offer would give me pause as to what type of organization I was walking into.
Remember the OP had a master's degree, 20 years of experience, and dealt with people in some kind of medical situation. That sounds like it could be counseling or some therapy-related activity, which might require more scrutiny by more people up the chain.
A friend of mine is a teacher at a state community college and she had a preliminary interview with the hiring committee, a group interview with potential fellow colleagues, a teaching demonstration observed by the hiring committee and the department chair, and an interview with the Dean.
I haven't had to interview for a job for a long time, but I've never had an interview process that involved more than two interviews, and those were situations where a regional boss or someone who was off the day of the first interview had to make a final hiring decision.
I also know that community colleges usually have three meetings with each applicant (hiring committee, teaching demonstration (dept. chair), and Dean.) Universities have extended interviews in which the applicant might stay a couple of days with activities involving interviews, teaching demonstrations, a presentation of a paper, and interview with graduate students.
A secretarial job might be a one interview thing (unless it's an executive secretary position), but managerial jobs usually involve a lot more.