What is your most frustrating experience while looking for work?

Updated on : December 6, 2021 by Sean Hawkins



What is your most frustrating experience while looking for work?

Today, job hunting is more frustrating than ever for candidates. I think this is mainly because employers don't really know what they want or should be looking for. I know this sounds crazy, but it's true.

Personality tests, quizzes, case studies and / or essays and other junk are everywhere today. These are shortcuts used to "remove people", which does not make sense. The best candidate for the job could score poorly on the test and the employer wouldn't even talk to him or her.

(But hey, the person they hired got a good score on the test ... how come he's not doing well?

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Today, job hunting is more frustrating than ever for candidates. I think this is mainly because employers don't really know what they want or should be looking for. I know this sounds crazy, but it's true.

Personality tests, quizzes, case studies and / or essays and other junk are everywhere today. These are shortcuts used to "remove people", which does not make sense. The best candidate for the job could score poorly on the test and the employer wouldn't even talk to him or her.

(But hey, the person they hired got a good score on the test ... how come they're not doing a good job for you? Wow, I wonder.)

Honestly, many companies are too lazy to do the job of finding a good person to fill their vacancies.

And there are also a lot of companies that really don't want the best person for the job. I know this sounds crazy, but it's also true. These companies have revolving doors for their positions because they are poorly managed or poorly paid, or both. Your goal is to simply fill a space with someone who will do it for X amount of dollars for Y amount of time. It's sad.

And finally, most companies are dumb enough to insist on having experience in their industry to even consider hiring you. If it's a sales job, it is certainly possible that the expectation is that they bring in a customer base with them. On the other hand, do you really want to contract your competitor's discards? If your competitor is willing to let the seller go (and he / she is not bound by a contract), how valuable are they ... really?

The other reason they want to find people with experience in their industry is that the training is minimal. Once again, we return to the "vague" aspect of many companies. Talent and aptitude must outweigh experience in almost all cases. Hire a smart and talented person and they will take over your industry quickly.

(Or hire someone with experience who really isn't that wonderful. I mean, if that's what you want.)

Many companies don't think about these things. They have a very short location. And it all starts from the top, of course.

However, not all companies are like this. There are some who really dig deep to try to find smart people who can help them grow. Unfortunately, they are in the minority.

In short, most companies misjudge talent. It's easier to hire based on experience and / or a personality test than taking the time to find the ability.

I am about two years unemployed now.

However, I started my job search only 6 months ago.

So here is my experience.


Applies to some jobs on some_job_portal_site.

Most of the jobs lead me to their own official website.

I have to register first. Then fill in all the details.

All the damn details. Continue for 3 pages.

Then the request is submitted.

The whole process easily takes 15-20 minutes. This for an application.

I have to spend about 2 or 3 hours, just applying for a job.


Of the 100 applications submitted, about 90 companies will not even bother to verify the application.

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I am about two years unemployed now.

However, I started my job search only 6 months ago.

So here is my experience.


Applies to some jobs on some_job_portal_site.

Most of the jobs lead me to their own official website.

I have to register first. Then fill in all the details.

All the damn details. Continue for 3 pages.

Then the request is submitted.

The whole process easily takes 15-20 minutes. This for an application.

I have to spend about 2 or 3 hours, just applying for a job.


Of the 100 applications submitted, about 90 companies will not even bother to verify the application.

Of the remaining 10, 9 will cite such a ridiculously low salary range that you'll start to think that probably "Selling Pakoras is a better idea than this."

The only company will be really interested in you. Or so you feel.


They invite an interview at 10.30 sharp.

I get there. I already see a crowd of 15 other candidates who also arrived there at 10.30 sharp.

The interview was about to be scheduled at 11 in the morning.

HR, however, went for a little tea break. So they asked all of us to wait.

After 2 hours of waiting, the first HR round takes place, followed by a technical round.

After these rounds, there were only 2 candidates left: a girl and me.

They asked us to go to a final round next week.

The HR tried to reach me by phone the next day to schedule the final round.

My phone broke down and turned off. When I turned on, I learned that HR called me 23 times.

I was kind of happy that they are also looking forward to having me on board. We schedule the final round.

The final round occurs. It went right.

So woosh. Any. Nothing at all.

When I tried to contact them after a few days, I wasn't even logged into Human Resources. The receptionist disconnected the call.

Woah! A week ago I was important to make 23 calls, but now I don't even deserve a comment.


I keep reading so many shitty posts on these so-called HR job portals.

One must be loving and compassionate enough.

One must provide feedback.

Shit. All bullshit.

Nobody gives a shit because you're the one who needs a job. So he should be treated like a beggar.

Without respect. No professionalism. No feedback.

Just ghost.

And then they cry when their own employees deceive them by saying they are not professionals. LOL.

Edit: Don't judge the book by its cover. The CA grade is quite coveted and in no way do I want to degrade it.

People have posted and commented saying: Is this the value of a CA?

To clarify, there is no shortage of jobs for CA. There is a shortage of good jobs. On top of that, I had a break in my career. It becomes really difficult to come back after a break. Despite the break, I had an offer of a BIG 4. So the title definitely helps a lot to get a job.

I am unemployed because I chose to pursue a different goal. And now I am looking for work not entirely at will, but more because of pressure. Also, I may not have a 9 to 5 job, but I still earn decently. So again, a humble request, do not question the value of the title.

Not everyone with the degree wants to work for a 9 to 5 or start a business. Some have different aspirations. That does not make anyone a success or the other a failure!

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