The perils of applying for jobs over the internet.

I got a rejection early this snowy evening, from a major company that does tax preparation over the internet.

It shows how far technology has advanced that, you can go through a pretty significant process without ever coming face-to-face with a live representative of a business.

I was told that I had successfully completed an online testing module. Then, I had the indication that the telephone conference/interview went fine. The next step was supposed to be a “background check”–that I understood (from the module) to mean that they were actually going to find out if I did have that CPA license in New Jersey. (You know my views about people who make up that they are a CPA when they aren’t—which goes on all the time in Tokyo.)

What had me nervous was the delay. When a job offer is on the fast track, there usually is a lot of buzz. Someone wants to hire, and you can tell, even electronically, at the other end. Suddenly, the buzz went dead, and I didn’t hear anything for a number of days (since about mid-month).

Sure enough, I get an e-mail from Dahlia Knott (Talent Acquisition Coordinator), telling me:

Your qualifications have been evaluated carefully with regard to our [ . . . ] position. At this time we have decided to move ahead with other applicants who more closely meet our requirements.

I have to wonder, if the test was successful, and the interview was successful, and I know my CPA license in New Jersey is good, what happened?

[Update: Ah! There was more to this than I had been presented. I thought there was a pre-screening process to land one of these positions. But, apparently, they are already “out there” in the sense that well-known tax experts writing on the internet, like “Tax Mama” Eva Rosenberg, has been broadcasting the positions’ availability. Eva says in the blog post that there are only 100 openings, and that she has an “in”.

Well, it makes me feel better that there is some legitimacy to the general offer being made by the company. It’s hard to tell, though, if these jobs aren’t going to end up in India, where there are many experts in American tax law, who will work for less than the Pennsylvania minimum wage . . . ]

[Update #2: “Hello, this is Dahlia Knott, and you are NOT getting this job.”]