Is interviewing for a job just a one-way interaction? A dog and pony show, in which I am the star? Yes. Absolutely. I have come to realize that as much as I want to learn about organizations and give them the benefit of the doubt, it is not as easy as I want it to be.
I know that the interview process is a ritual in many ways, and as a candidate I am expected to provide answers and evidence that bolster my candidacy. I try to offer possibilities, hope, and a positive attitude towards problem solving.
But, goodness gracious, a little reciprocity wouldn’t be so bad! Would it *actually* kill someone to tell me the reasons that they think I am a good candidate, rather than listing my deficiencies? Would it be so awfully hard to be polite, positive, or even just pleasant? We are all overworked, it’s 95 degrees in the shade. I get it. But actually, I don’t get it. I think that especially when you are hiring a Director-level staff member, a little bit of honey goes a lot farther than so much vinegar.
At the end of the day, this won’t matter until I take a job, knowing that the leadership doesn’t have full confidence in my abilities. That sounds even more awful typed out on the page than it did in my mind. But shouldn’t the organization need to try to present itself as hospitable, interesting (dare I say, fun?) place to work? And doesn’t that start with the people in the leadership of that organization?