I worked at ReServe (New York) (More than 3 years)
Lots of growth opportunities, leaders believe in change and experimentation.
Like many nonprofits, resource-strapped - could use more staff and financial resources to be truly effective.
Advice to Management
Seek additional grant funding.
I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at ReServe (New York) (New York, NY) in March 2017.
I did not really have an interview. After months of jumping through hoops (from October through January filling out online forms asking for everything from me upfront and sitting in on conference calls just to say I did) I was finally asked to pick one of three dates for an interview. I did so through a database called Eventbrite. I printed out this confirmation with the date of a "Group Interview" clearly showing I was to show up on a date in March.
So what happened when I got there? They had no idea who I was or why I was there. The receptionist was frantically trying to track people down all of whom were out of the office. I heard her mention something like "We had a group interview yesterday?" I kinda went ballistic and showed her my "ticket."
"What does this say?" I asked her. Because of course I can imagine that on the other end they are thinking that I am some dumb idiot who cannot get the date right. I showed her the slip of paper "Look. It says FRIDAY MARCH 24. THAT IS TODAY'S DATE YES?"
Anyway, someone was dragooned into interviewing me. He was friendly enough (considering I was furious and barely able t conceal it). But what on earth was the point of going ahead with this terrible botched interview? He had no idea who I was. And I know that my novel approach to getting noticed was not exactly going to further my cause. I mean, I was pissed and making no effort whatsoever to hide it. In those situations there is only one thing you can do and that is to vent and tell them how angry you are (how many people do that. Personally I believe employers need to hear A LOT MORE OF IT).
The only thing I did was follow up with a "Nastygram" and supporting evidence (ie. screenshots of every single piece of email correspondence I received from them PROVING THAT I AM NOT THE IDIOT).
I have washed my hands of the whole thing and you should too based on these other reviews. Although a phone interview was mentioned as a consolation prize, I can't imagine how I could possibly salvage this situation. And they really should pay more than minimum wage since the very idea that at 55 we should be slowing down and "giving back" is insulting in itself. I guess I was expecting a little more empathy from a place that bills itself as "helping." I was not expecting the very worst interview of the last decade. Par for the course, but I was shocked.
And really, is it too hard to send a confirmation of the appointment a week before? I was flexible on the date so if they had changed it, nobody told me.
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