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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 19:27

How ethical is that if a company post fake job ads for the purpose of pre-qualifying people without actually needing new staff as it wastes others' time?

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A problem with ethics is that it isn’t always a black & white situation. Many ethical situations are grey at best.

I would expect, that while posting jobs that don’t exist isn’t common place, neither is it unknown. I’m sure that some companies do it as their standard practice.

Years ago, I applied for a job that looked quite interesting. I must have had the qualifications as they invited me in for an interview. The interview seemed to be going well when they asked me if I was willing to relocate to another city in our province. I said ‘no’ as I had just moved my family across the country to the city we were in and didn’t want to go through that again.

The interview seemed to fizzle out after that. I believe this to be a ‘bait and switch’ scenario. I wonder if there actually was a local job or if the interview was bait to hire people for other hard to fill positions in other cities?

I know of another situation where a nurse colleague was interviewed for the position of the Administrator for a Hospice House. It became apparent to her during the interview that the position had already been filled and they were going through the motions of interviewing several candidates to make the hiring process look legitimate. That was a waste of time.

There is another way to look at the situation though. While it doesn’t necessarily give you an immediate job, it can be beneficial to be prequalified in the event something does open up. There are also benefits to being interviewed by the business. If and when a second interview results, you will have a better idea as to what the interview would be like.

Originally answered on Quora.com.

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