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    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time


    Good school, great opportunity, learned a lot by doing


    Getting paid was a byzantine process

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at University of Pennsylvania.


    I received an invitation to interview a few weeks after submitting the online application. It was simple to schedule the interview, which was with the Executive Director (ED), and the interview itself lasted a brief 20 minutes. The conversation was pleasant, if a bit rushed, and the questions of average difficulty. At the end of it the ED said that I would be a perfect fit and gave me a verbal offer. He asked me to email back within a week if I didn't hear anything regarding a written offer.

    One week went by and I emailed, as requested; the ED said he would get back to me "ASAP."

    Another week went by and I emailed to follow-up. This time, I received no response.

    I then emailed in a bit over a week and, again, received no response.

    Two days after this last email I called the administrative assistant who setup the interview originally, not having any other numbers available, and she let me know that, although she didn't have the ED's phone number (they had just moved offices, I was told), she would pass along to him that I called.

    Two days after that—a full month after the interview—I called the ED, whose number I located in the online directory. Our phone conversation lasted less than two minutes and he communicated simply that they would be sending out offer letters by the end of that day. Less than five minutes later I receive an email from another administrative assistant informing me that I was not selected for the position.

    Everyone with whom I have shared this saga has found it ironic that the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (Center) would drag out the application process in this manner. I would have understood had the ED walked back his offer shortly after the interview or in response to any of the numerous emails I sent to follow-up. But to lead me on—to say that he would get back to me "ASAP" and then fail to respond to follow-up emails—and then to choose to withhold from me, over the phone, that I was no longer in the running, choosing instead to have me find this out over email, a few minutes later, was simply poor form and unprofessional.

    I know that the Center does excellent work, admire their faculty and publications, and hope to engage with them at some point in the future. This post, then, is about the hiring process and the poor manner in which the ED managed my specific hiring situation only.

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University of Pennsylvania Awards & Accolades

  • National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012

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