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Interviewing for a Phantom Post

 
#1 Interviewing for a Phantom Post
17/07/2007 18:19

thsm

I have been interviewing for the past 10 weeks with a major real estate consulting firm in Dubai. I passed all 6 (yes 6) interviews and the case study. I was told that the feedback on my interviews was excellent. Two weeks after my interview I learned from my recruiter that the firm can not make an offer as they have not won the contract (yet?) to support my job. This was never mentioned during the entire process. I am so annoyed at this point...

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#2 RE: Interviewing for a Phantom Post
17/07/2007 20:23

Recruiter in the clear? to thsm (#1)

Have you established (through a grilling) whether the recruiter in question knew that the position was conditional on a suitable contract being won? I'm not a recruitment law expert, but I'd have thought there would be recourse against either the recruitment agent or the employer if this situation arose in the UK...

If the recruiter didn't know then they now owe you big time and ought to go to extra lengths to secure you a suitable position. If they did know then they should be named and shamed!

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#3 RE: Interviewing for a Phantom Post
17/07/2007 20:41

anon to Recruiter in the clear? (#2)

Definitely agree. Six interviews!!!! They deserve to be named and SHAMED

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#4 RE: Interviewing for a Phantom Post
18/07/2007 06:52

Dubai based person to anon (#3)

Underneath the gloss, Dubai is an emerging market and the same norms do not always apply. I wander if the recruiter was Dubai based and had met/interacted properly with the client or was a UK based person with no understanding of the local unwritten rules (the most important thing when recruiting here). With a less robust legal system, you are often reliant on good will. Recently a guy moved over here to take on a senior role with a very well known international System Integration Consultancy. The project was signed off and he was to be a key part of it. The day before he was about to sign his mortgage papers (he had decided to buy a house), he was told that the project was cancelled. As many of these companies are growing from limited beginnings (even if they are known brand names) the opportunity to be redeployed is not as strong as in Europe.

By the way.... I knw the local market pretty well and I am not sure I can think of a "major real estate consulting firm". Real estate is a massive market but the power is in the hands of a few high profile/high worth (often royal) people. There is not much you can do to police them and, even with a signed contract, they have a habit of changing their minds - this would inevitably effect a consulting firm advising the real estate company. The consulting firm may have thought it had won the project only tohave the rug pulled from under its nose.....

but I am sure your recruiter was able to tell you all this and spell out the risks involved in moving into this particular sector in Dubai.....

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#5 RE: Interviewing for a Phantom Post
18/07/2007 18:21

thsmbradford to Dubai based person (#4)

Thank you all for your advice. The real estate consulting firm (think full service real estate and mass transit rather than pure consulting) and recruiter shall remain nameless for the time being.

I was not informed at all that this post was not solid. Oh well must not be meant to be. Thanks for letting me vent.

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