To find a better job, I applied diligently to teller positions at various banks. I had applied for such positions many times over the years and never had any success.
To briefly describe a typical experience, take PNC bank. Beyond just filling out the online application and submitting my resume, I had complete a personality assessment, a test of basic math, and a test demonstrating perception of small differences between sets of numbers, names, addresses, etc.
Completed all that and got an e-mail telling me to call a number to complete an automated questionnaire. It's similar to the screening phone interview HR managers and recruiters do but automated. Did that.
Then I get an e-mail stating that PNC has decided to move forward with other candidates.
Shot down again without having spoken to anyone, although I did get relatively far in the process this time... I got to the automated screening questionnaire this time which is a first in a few dozen attempts to work at PNC alone.
Same with other banks. Same with positions at mundane places like drug stores and dollar stores and fast food. I never get to speak to anyone. Never get so much as a call or an e-mail.
I can understand getting an interview and them deciding upon speaking to me to go with other candidates, but when I do not even get a phone interview, something is up!
Even with my current job, I waited for a month after applying through proper channels with not a word. Only by virtue of me being a former employee was I able to personally contact the Area Manager and set up an interview. He approached the interview ready to hire me yet I was dismissed by the human resources of the very same company a month prior! There couldn't be any issue of qualification, especially as I was applying for the exact same position that I had previously worked for TWO YEARS! In fact, as I said in the other thread, the AM immediately promoted me from that position.
Please explain. What is going on?
Who am I competing against? Who are these other candidates? What work experience/education do they have? Can I get a phone interview at least? What's with the discrepancy where Checkers would not even contact me but when I went directly to my future boss, my hiring was a foregone conclusion? What's with the fact that friends currently employed by certain companies are absolutely certain that I would be hired if I applied, judging by their inside knowledge of the companies' current needs and my experience, yet I get no response following my applications? Big signs outside stores stating HIRING SUPERVISORS yet my repeated attempts are met with 'fill out this application' and a 'we'll contact you if interested' that never happens?
Everytime I relate my predicament, people mention my Islamic name. Is this conceivable that I am a victim of prejudice? I am absolutely lost for an explanation.