Sunday, 17 July 2011

Random selection

This came through the other day:
Post ref. XX-XXXX-X Graduate Dietitian

Dear Applicant.

Further to your application for the above post, I regret to inform you that unfortunately, on this occasion, you have not been selected for interview.

We have a Random Selection process in place, which we have implemented in this instance due to the very good response to the vacancy which has resulted in a very high number of applicants suitable for interview. Random selection is an approved decision making process which is part of the Recruitment & Selection Procedure and means that your application was one of many which met the shortlisting criteria. In order to produce a manageable interview shortlist, applicant numbers are drawn at random from those that met the initial 'sift'.

The panel would like me to inform you that they were impressed with your application and should the post not be filled successfully we will contact you again to ascertain whether you are still available and interested. I hope the above feedback assists you in understanding why you were not invited to interview on this occasion.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the vacancy and wish you success in securing a suitable post soon.

Kind Regards

Recruitment Officer
Nutrition and Dietetic Service
Interesting, eh?


Hugh said...

Is this a common practice, do you know?

Lola said...

I don't know - I've put in six applications so far, and this is the only time it's come up. Of course, I might have been one of the lucky ones who didn't get 'selected out' randomly on those applications.

Simon said...

That's unfortunate, but sadly is common practice. If candidates don't get shortlisted, then they may not be contacted at all.

I've been doing a lot of interviews over the last few weeks and sadly the University takes this approach and absolutely forbids us to make any direct contact with unappointed candidates, unless they call the nominated teller of bad tidings to ask for feedback. I hate the impersonal and vague letter from HR, so yesterday broke the rules. We only had one candidate, who was not appointed but was in most respects fantastic, so I phoned her to explain.