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    Default Appealing a job selection outcome? Vent.😠

    So I just got totally shafted on a gov job. They did not follow the merit process and the successful applicant does not have the experience I do as they have to disclose all that when notifying. They called an employer who was not a reference and she gave me a bad reference ( i am too bostrious, unprofessional and can't work without supervision apparently ). All of these claims I could easily refutes demonstrated by my other jobs..I was running a hospital in the African desert for a year FFS! I could have found 5 positive references that conflict with the negative one. And the same office i was in had people who put in complaints because pepper where too loud when walking up and down the stairs. Anyway - they have gave me no chance to explain anything which they're were meant to if a negative comment is made. Also- turns out successful applicant is the wife of the dr who has aquired the funding for this project and the final decision was made by a panel member who is a specialist dr in the same team as the first one.
    Anyways, i can appeal the decision but who's wanted a job in those circumstances but i am FURIOUS! Original they said she was based in our local hospital more then me. She started last year's - I've been here for almost 20 in and out of the same hospital! They have a no interview process as its all merit based. Has anyone ever appealed abjob? What happened? I am so angry and disappointed.

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    I've never made an appeal or complained about a recruitment process but you definitely should even if you don't want the job now. It will stop this happening again to someone else and may restart the process if the person is yet to take up the role.

    I've been on recruitment panels and this is just wrong!

    I hope a great great role comes up for you soon!

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    What a cr4p situation @CleverClogs. I've sat on job panels before (for the government), I've never heard of the board calling people that aren't your referees, I would look into whether this is something that can be done. I would be inclined to appeal it or at least take it to HR. They clearly wanted the wife to get this job but if it's merit based, with your time and experience, you would think the job was yours and they purposely sabotaged that. Could you also look up the policy on family working within the same office? I know in Qld the department I worked for didn't allow family to work within the same office.

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    Ate you a member of your union? If so, I'd get them to help you with an appeal.

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    I would be putting in a formal complaint with department. I'm another who has done govt recruitment and that goes against everything we're supposed to do.

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    In addition to the potential discrimination I think they may have breached the privacy act by collecting information about you without your permission as that is what they have done by contacting an employer that was not listed as a referee. The whole process seems very unfair and I can see why you are feeling angry and disappointed.

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    Request the recruitment procedure information then you'll know for sure if there has been a breech of process & can appeal appropriately.

    It also sounds like a conflict of interest if they've appointed a relative of the funding recipient. I would be asking questions about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeahYeahYeah View Post
    Request the recruitment procedure information then you'll know for sure if there has been a breech of process & can appeal appropriately.

    It also sounds like a conflict of interest if they've appointed a relative of the funding recipient. I would be asking questions about that.
    Was coming in to say this ^^^

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    Thanks all. I am just stewing on this! I did read the recruitment process and they definitely breached it by not making me aware of the negative comments and giving me chance to explain or prove otherwise. It's tricky causes the panel chair is head of the departmental within the hospital that i am interested in and that is a very big bridge for me to burn. But it's just so unjust. They but so much weight on that one reference as an excuse to give the job to the dr wife. She didn't even meet any of the desirable criteria at all. I met three times over 😠

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShannyAnny View Post
    In addition to the potential discrimination I think they may have breached the privacy act by collecting information about you without your permission as that is what they have done by contacting an employer that was not listed as a referee. The whole process seems very unfair and I can see why you are feeling angry and disappointed.
    Discrimination on what basis?

    And i think the Privacy Act may have some exemptions for employment information?

    The whole process does sound dodgy though, and I'm sure contrary to government recruitment policies.


 

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