Posted January 7, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Letter to the Editor: Was job interview process equal to all?


I interviewed for the position of plans examiner for Shenandoah County on Dec. 16. I believe that my 38 years in construction as project manager, field erection contact and structural design draftsman made me an excellent fit for this position. I have dealt with building codes and I can read building drawings.

The interview was conducted by four upper level county employees. The questions to be answered during the interview were typed out and supplied to all present. I answered all their typed questions with honesty and professionalism.

After the interview was over and I had started to leave the room, one interviewer asked an additional question. I was asked if the intense training and the sometimes overnight stay to accomplish the training was a problem for me. I answered that I would not have any problem.

Now, since some of the other five people interviewed for this position were interviewed before me, I have been wondering if all candidates were questioned about the intense training required or was I the only one questioned. If I was the only one questioned, then the interview questioning process was not fair.

Well, Shenandoah County interviewers. Was your questioning process equal to all interviewees? I say no. I say that the additional question was really an indirect reference to my stamina and age.

George Burgess, Maurertown

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