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Old 08-18-2016, 06:39 PM
 
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You never know who your competitors are.

What if someone else was considered as a better fit due to the set of skills they are particularly looking for?

You have 25 years of experience, but your rival has 27 years of experience.
You have degree from Georgia Tech, but he graduated from Princeton...who knows?
Obviously if his rival were going to be hired they wouldn't reopen. They likely wanted/expected to see more candidates.....Hang in there OP it doesn't mean you are out.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:53 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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the job may have been wired all along for someone else.

So perhaps the designated candidate fell through during the process but they never intended on hiring you OR anyone else, for that matter - except the designated one.
I have seen this happen on several occasions in government hiring. The "desired candidate" did not meet the minimum qualifications, yet department needed to open up the position. Then as soon as the "desired candidate" finally met the minimum requirements (time in a certain position), the job was reopened in order to move the less qualified protégé into the position.

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Old 08-19-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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I have seen this happen on several occasions in government hiring. The "desired candidate" did not meet the minimum qualifications, yet department needed to open up the position. Then as soon as the "desired candidate" finally met the minimum requirements (time in a certain position), the job was reopened in order to move the less qualified protégé into the position.
this doesn't just happen in government hiring; my company (and others in the industry) will do the same thing. It's really because of HR practices that everyone is forced in to the charade of hiring when they already know who they will be selecting.
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Old 08-19-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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I applied for a job in an agency I worked for many years ago and left on good terms.



  • Application Received 5/27
  • Administrative Pre-Screening 5/29 passed
  • Required Qualifications 5/30 passed
  • Preliminary Supervisor Review 6/2 passed




Now they have reopened the job advertisement. So I passed everything all the way up to and including supervisor review, but they decided not to contact me and instead reopened the position for applications. Seems a bit odd, but there's probably some sensible government regulation or policy behind it.
Usually this happens because the person they want to hire didn't make the list. So they cancel, open it back up but with different requirements to better suit the person they want to hire and have them reapply. It is just a big game management plays.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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They probably want someone with less experience and education who is cheaper to hire.

Maybe even edited the job description to reflect this.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:13 PM
 
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The person they wanted didn't apply, didn't apply correctly, or didn't make it far enough so they reopened it so that person can get it right this time.

I hate pre-selection and it's not legal (not in federal gov't) but it happens.
They wouldn't leave it open for a month in that case. They would leave it open for a few days. This is state government.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:15 PM
 
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Obviously if his rival were going to be hired they wouldn't reopen. They likely wanted/expected to see more candidates.....Hang in there OP it doesn't mean you are out.
I intend to apply again.
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