I learnt something about HR departments in law firms today. They don’t always know what they’re doing when sifting through applications.
I applied to a law firm last week for an employment paralegal position, and I received a reply a few days later via letter informing me that I would NOT be invited for an interview. It so happens that my best mate works at the same firm, so I asked him what he thought. He said he would pass on my CV to his boss, who is Head of Department.
Later on in the day, I received an sms saying that his boss was incensed because he was impressed with my CV and yet had never seen it. I have to admit I was surprised not to be asked for an interview, especially as I have plenty of employment experience plus I’m studying a LLM in employment law!!
It makes me wonder: how many applications have I sent to firms during the past few years that have fallen at the wayside simply due to incompetent HR personnel who don’t really know what they’re meant to be looking for. How often do the lawyers themselves get to look at the applications? How do they know the HR departments are picking the right candidates for the job?