Things I enjoyed about living in Mexico were many. Being self employed was top of the list. No one to blame for failures but myself. Not that there were too many failures. No one to reap the rewards of success but myself. And none of the corporate nonsense that infests large companies up and down the country like a ravenous cancer.
There are advantages to having corporations in our world. The ability to scale being one. Corporations don’t have to be dumb. And yet, to a sadly increasing degree, they seem to be hell bent on being dumb. Dumb and dumber, no Jim Carey required. Political infighting, bureaucracy and waste are rampant.
One of the joys of having a job is that I can poke a thumb in the eye of potential employers who show their corporate hand straight away – if they’ve holding a joker out instead of an ace, then I can choose not to play their game. I’ve applied for a couple of jobs where the HR dept have shown a full hand of jokers from the get go. Normally I ignore them. Sometimes I bother to reply. I’m wasting my time, I know.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for your response regards my application for the position of Deputy Manager. However, I live in Ringwood, Hampshire and had applied for a job in Ferndown, which is just a couple of miles away. I have given your invitation due consideration, and have decided to decline the opportunity for an interview. I did at first mull the possibility of requesting a more local interview, as opposed to the appointment you have suggested which would require taking two days off of work and booking a hotel for the night. I came to the conclusion that any company that thinks a first, rather tentative, group interview should be scheduled such a distance from the prospective candidates host store can only be mired in a tangled web of corporate self-importance, bureaucracy and waste. That’s not an environment I would feel either comfortable or happy working in.I apologise for my barely concealed frustration, but I am tired of corporate inefficiency and senseless protocol. I’ve been there and done that. If T-Shirts were handed out for each example, I’d have an overflowing wardrobe. I will continue my search, perhaps in vain, for a retail management appointment elsewhere. This is unfortunate, for us both. On the one hand, I would relish the opportunity to work for a national chain with the potential of ****. I visit the Ferndown store regularly, and can see both the shortcomings and potential. On every visit. Nothing changes. The shortcomings remain unresolved, the potential remains unfulfilled. On the other hand (and again I ask forgiveness for what may appear to be arrogance, but after a couple of decades in the retail industry I feel qualified to comment on my own abilities) I am confident that I would be able to walk into any Lidl store and be amongst the top 10% of performers within 12 months, earning **** money.For the record, a more suitable recruitment process would first involve a telephone interview, followed by an interview at the host store by the manager and/or Area Manager. Three hour candidate assessment mornings held at an HQ should be reserved for the most senior positions, and only for the final selection process. I am sure you will successfully recruit personnel for the vacant positions. Whether or not you recruit the most successful personnel for the positions is debatable, however.Kind regards,PS. If it is any consolation, your invitation doesn’t come close to the ludicrous appointment made for me by the **-********* to attend an interview in Edinburgh, earlier this year. Which, needless to say, I also declined.