Next, the section of unrelated and frankly dumb questions. None dumber than “what would I cook for a special guest”? I was applying for the driving job.
They asked the same question on all applications even the one for raw food handling. I couldn’t understand the point of the question. Yes whole foods is the gourmet shopping center but like all businesses there is a nuts and bolts side. Name your favorite thing-the business of creating it has the numbers people, the fix it people, on and on. But there’s one more oddity in this.
Apparently I was not applying to whole foods but to a govt/city program called Workforce NY. I only knew this after I got a call to show up in Harlem. I didn’t think that was weird I thought isn’t there a WF up there? Yet the address they gave me didn’t match where I thought should be.
Sure enough it was Workforce’s office. So what’s with the bait and switch? Why didn’t I know this before I applied? In any event I went to Workforce and did a group interview (which I havent done in about 15 years) then in groups of four we did mock scenarios of a day at work for whole foods. Mind you the Workforce staff are not recruiters for whole foods and will not make the choice to hire you.
What of the role-playing is pertinent to the jobs we want? Once we left I went about waiting the 2 weeks mentioned in the group interview (there was one-on-one interviews no more than two minutes long all it accomplished was that either you did or didn’t have bad breath).
Soon two weeks turned to 3, 5 then on the 6th week I thought about calling WF but I didn’t interview with them it was with Workforce. So I back tracked my emails. In the signature they had posted their Facebook link. I left a detailed message about basically being ignored. However before I did this I found out new info. On a hunch I searched for whole foods site on my phone. A completely different looking website splashed on the screen. I searched for the job I applied to some two months ago-it was still there. Someone at whole foods acted on my thoughts.
Why are we going through a 2nd party to hire people? So I re-applied. Sure enough the stupid question of what would I cook was removed. I never got the job. Yet I stayed with whole foods “official” website. About three days later workforce who never apologized for failing to give me a status update released some over thought and half-baked response about whole foods going in a different direction. You don’t say?
That’s the issue with the internet and job hunting even legit firms and government institutions get lazy and take the easy way out. I still think the jury is out with web-based job searches. It’s an algorithm that matches you not a person. Firms cry about having to look over “so many resumes in one day” well what the hell do you think is going to happen if you post a job on the internet? If I post “I have a new Playstation 4 you want it well then write me a letter to let me know why you should get it”. I’ll be here to Playstation 12 comes out reading emails.
I don’t feel sorry for HR reps with a secure job with, paid vacations and benefits that sit at a desk for eight hours looking at a computer screen. You know it’s a job the same thing those 500 people whom you loathe to screen want. Stop whining and actually try to hire people who are willing to work.