Okay, not really, but it got your attention. I have decided to bring back the ever popular breaking bad news with baby animals--science edition as a regular blog feature. Though I have no affiliation with the actual company, who doesn't want a cuddly little creature to tell them their dreams of science grandeur are shattered into a billion tiny little pieces? Besides, they don't seem to be geeky enough to pull this one off on their own, and lets face it, I have nerd-power to spare.
This cuddly little bunny is experiencing a little taste of what a friend of mine is currently going through while job hunting. She has good credentials/references and an adequate number of publications but it seems as though everywhere she is applying is wasting her time and their resources by requesting that she fly in and interview for positions they have already, unofficially of course, filled.
In my opinion this is but another example of scientific masturbation--lots of foreplay with no payoff. Jump through all the paperwork hoops by showing that you interviewed qualified (or sometimes unqualified) applicants with a variety of backgrounds before giving the job to the person the listing was created for in the first place. I've seen this first hand at previous work places, but I didn't realize how common this practice actually was until recently. I guess it gives meaning to the phrase "it's not what you know, but who you know that matters."
Has anyone else been in this position? Gargantuan waste of time and resources, right?