I was interested in Kevin Kerrigan's letter (Personnel Today, 17 May) about subjectivity in recruitment. I am actively seeking a new position and am amazed at the unprofessional recruitment practices out there.
Over the past year, I have made a number of applications to a major professional services firm for positions on the recruitment team.
When I applied for assistant-level positions I was told that the job was too junior and I would get bored easily; for the officer-level position, I was told that as my career has consisted of a number of fixed- term contracts (not through choice) I am viewed as 'a risk'. I would not mind if they reached these conclusions after an interview, but they are just assumptions from my CV.
It is a sad reflection on the recruitment team when they base their decisions on subjectivity and assumptions, rather than proven ability to do the job.
Don't undervalue subjective opinions