Hi NGI community!
We have a topic (which almost all of us have personal experience with) which we’d love to hear some of your stories about. Our research topic for the next month or so is on the future of work.
We’ve been thinking a lot about how job application processes have changed over the past decade. We want to talk about the emotional experience of the application process in the digital age – whether it be for a full-time job, for medical school, academia, or any other position you apply for. Here are some questions we’d love to hear your experiences on:
Have you ever felt like you were being “led on” by a prospective employer? Or felt like you were kept “on the hook” and not knowing what was going on? Did you ever receive conflicting information (like you were told you’d hear something by a certain point but didn’t)? Did you later realise you were their backup plan rather than their first choice, and how did you find out? How did this make you feel? Did you request any feedback and if so, were you able to receive any?
Have you ever been “ghosted” by a prospective employer or a school, never hearing back about whether you were rejected, or hearing back a long time later? How did you maintain contact with the potential employers while you waited? How long did it take before you took your position/made a decision to move on? How did it feel? If you ever heard back, at what point did you hear, and what information were you given? How often has this happened to you?
What are your views on the job application process and the current culture around how employers communicate with applicants? How has it affected your approach to jobs and to employers? Has this affected the way you feel about your employee-employer relationship (or the institution you applied to work in), and if so how? Has this affected how you feel about yourself as an applicant?
How do you think the application and communication medium (the internet, email, etc) affects this relationship between applicant and employer, and/or the experience of applying for positions, if at all?
Did you find potential employers’ communication and behaviour surprising? What expectations did you have for how they would interact with you? What do values like loyalty, respect and honest communication mean in the digital age re work and employment, and how have those values changed over time? Were they ever in play or relevant?
We’d love to hear any and all stories you have about application experiences, addressing any of these questions or any others you yourself have! And what you think about the state of the relationship between job applicants/employees and employers are these days.