Guaranteed Interview scheme rejection
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Hi all, hopefully someone can advise, I applied for a Band 2 support worker job with the NHS they asked for someone with preferably a NVQ2, as I had the NVQ and a level 2 BTEC, a level 3 diploma Level 2 numeracy and literacy, IT skills, extensive care and customer service experience, I comsidered myself to be fully, if not over qualified for the job, and confident of an interview, just to extra double check I definately get the interview as I desperatley need a job, I ticked the disability box, stated what it was and declared that I wished to be interviewed under the guaranteed interview scheme...I got an email yesterday stating that I've not got an interview. I sent an email back staing my qualifications and the fact I was guaranteed an interview...no reply...I emailed the nurse whose name appeared on my rejection email, as it said to ask her to clarify why I'm not being Interviewed, she emailed back saying she doesn't know but I probably didn't meet the criteria, so I sent a reply again staing all my qualifications, and that I should have been interviewed on them alone, and that I was also guaranteed an interview...no reply...so no interview, no job, and no answers as to why
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You do come across a little pushy, this might be off putting to an employer. I'd move on, but think about how you might speak with an employer next time - using a little more diplomacy
As for calling the lead nurse of the department - are you mental? You've just burned a bridge right there, even if you do get an interview next time you'll be rejected for being the person who phoned up demanding an interview interrupting her work day.
What is your NVQ in?
And how many years relevant experience?
If you really want to push this further, there must be an HR dept. It is possible that the shortlisting panel weren't fully aware of the 'guaranteed interview' scheme, or that you just didn't present your experience and qualifications clearly enough.
We have sometimes found on giving feedback (which we don't often do) that we say "you didn't have X and our shortlisted candidates did", and the person says "But I do have X, I thought that would be obvious from Y". NOTHING is obvious: it has to be spelled out.
As an employer is not legally required to meet the commitments of the 'two ticks' scheme, even if they did the two ticks, you have no legal recourse whatsoever. You come across angry, pushy and short tempered here ..... as an interviewer selecting from a shortlist I wonder if even I would have given you the gift of an interview. As Dom & others have stated "more than a list of qualifications" is required to fulfil a role. Try not to let your 'desperation' manifest itself in being further disenfranchised from opportunity. Best of luck.
What is your NVQ2 in? What did the minimum criteria state?
Band 2 NHS jobs are highly competitive. What area is it in? Do you have experience in that specific area. I have known band 2 and band3 jobs only shortlist those with desirable and essential criteria as so many applied. As in hundreds of people.
I can't think that you have done yourself any favours in assertively pursuing the recruiters either. What is your disability?
One of my siblings would really struggle to complete an application form in their own hand-writing, and certainly when they were younger it would have been virtually impossible to decipher what was written.