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My Rant For The Week

Updated on August 29, 2012

Last Thursday I had a bad job interview. I got a call from a child care center, which is part of the Kinder Care chain, for whoever is familiar with child and day care centers.

I get on the internet a lot, looking for job openings that I can apply to. This interview was about a half-hour or so away from my home. I went to the interview as I have went to fourteen other interviews since the start of 2012.

Every time I go to an interview I try to keep a positive attitude, thinking that this one could be my lucky break, as far as a job position is concerned. However, in this economy I try not to get my hopes built up; especially since I have mostly been out of the work force for many years.

Even though I got the driving directions beforehand I still got turned-around, so I had to call the child center and get a clearer direction. When I finally arrived there the assistant director just realized that I needed to fill out a new application, which I didn't really mind. Although, some of this stuff is so redundant, because I already filled-out two of them on the internet. Their applications are very long. It was frustrating because I didn't have time to finish it.

Anyway, when I got into the office for my interview, it seemed like I was really judged as soon as I stepped in there! Before the director even got through my experience, she told me that it didn't look like I had any real experience. I immediately put myself in defense mode or "stand up for myself" mode. Then, she looked further down on my application.

Even though I do have 5 years experience in child centers, this experience was before I had kids. And, I could tell by some subtle remarks that this was not impressive. Remarks like "that was twenty years ago," and so forth.

I am an old-fashioned person who stopped working for many years to raise their kids. Also, I worked with my severely autistic son for many years because we didn't have the money for professional therapy. I don't think the director even took the time to look at this!

Then we got to my educational background. I have a college degree from many years ago. I also recently received a Teacher Aide diploma and am studying Early Childhood Education.

However, some child centers now require a person to get something called a CDA (Child Development Associate). To make a long story short, the director ever so bluntly told me that I didn't meet their educational qualifications!

I asked her why they called me in there to begin with if I didn't meet their qualifications. I also stated that I was willing to pursue a CDA and why that didn't count. She told me that a person already had to have their CDA in order to work there.

I do realize that different centers vary on their qualifications. But, couldn't they have told me this before I ever wasted my time and gas money to go over there? Is my time any less valuable than theirs? Don't people know that gas is expensive any more? Of course, I guess this isn't "their" problem!

I was really mad and aggravated! I started gathering my things up before I ever left. Then, she finally smiled and told me thanks for coming in. I mumbled something like, "yeah right" and walked out.

I've had about 2 or 3 bad interviews out of the 14, now 16 interviews I've had since January, of this year. Most interviewers have been pretty nice and considerate;however there seems to be some who seem cocky and arrogant!

I do believe, for the most part, that the job market is an "employer's market." Employer's aren't supposed to show prejudice, but I believe they do.

However, I keep trying every day and I keep having the faith that one of these days, something will "click." I just thought I would express my rant for the week. I'm sure there's many others who probably can relate.

Marcia Ours

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Thanks for your comments and your prayers! I can sure use them!

      Marcia Ours

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I am sorry to read of your sour experience. No one should call a person in for an interview if they are not qualified for the position. That is nuts. Good luck to you in your job search. I am going to pray for you right now. :)

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Theresa: Thanks for your considerate and thoughtful comments! I'm sure glad every interview has not been this way! I'm still keeping the faith that everything will work out. It's just frustrating sometimes.

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Pavlov: Thanks for your kind comment! Yes, I'm still believing everything will work out. It's just taking more time than I'd like.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Gosh , I am so lucky to have a stable job for years... I do believe you find what you are looking for! Good luck!!!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Marcia -- It is unfortunately an Employer's Market, but that is still no excuse for an employer to be rude, disrespectful, or antagonistic. Position notices should clearly indicate the requirements...there is no excuse for what they put you through, wasting your time.

      After reading your initial letter/application, they should have notified you by mail or phone that they only consider people with a CDA. You have every reason to be frustrated and upset; I would be ranting too. I hope the right position comes along soon. :) Blessings. Theresa