When a Job Offer is Revoked
On the very sunny afternoon of July 16th, I received a verbal job offer from Risk Dynamics for an assistant position, from Ms. Kabuta. She told me, in her exact works to go ‘have a drink’ and ‘celebrate.’ This came after undergoing what could only be described as a gauntlet of preliminary phone calls, a Skype interview with Ms. Kabuta, followed by a Skype interview with the managing partner of the company, Mr Bourrat. Ms. Kabuta followed this with a call shortly afterward.
And I expected the paperwork to move forward at an unmitigated speed—time was of the essence, and I needed sponsorship, expedited paperwork, certified documents, and a whole host of other matters taken care of. It was quite headache-inducing to say the least, and it did not exactly help that Ms. Kabuta had not forwarded or expedited any of the paperwork. On July 17th, her promised e-mail of a concrete job offer did not materialise.
Instead, what came about was the request for further information of exactly why I wanted this position, because my qualifications were quite different from the duties described. So, I forwarded a lengthy essay to her—only to receive no response. I sent two more e-mails asking for verification of the accepted e-mails, but still, nothing.
By that time, I had completed a 50 GBP medical examination through the student health centre with a licensed physician, to contribute to the paperwork. Risk Dynamics had, so far, done nothing. Around July 23rd, I finally called Ms. Kabuta asking for details as to my position, but she was extremely vague and stated she did not respond to any of my e-mails because she worried that she would be leading me on and giving me ‘false hopes.’ Funding and sponsorship was expensive, and they were not sure of how committed I was.
I did everything I could, but maybe it wasn’t enough. Or perhaps Risk Dynamics as a company is a fraud. Possibly both. And, of course, this came about only after I’d broken the news to 1,000 friends that I miraculously landed a position in Belgium, after months upon months of searching for the right job, the right candidacy, with perseverance and a dedicated mindset.
I believe that this was (apart from being mind-shatteringly devastating) a valuable life lesson. Maybe even the best-laid plans go awry. It is instances like these that make you lose even more faith in humanity. Risk Dynamics made it more difficult for me to trust employers’ word, and created in me a higher level of mistrust regarding the European employment system as a whole.
When you revoke a job offer to one young graduate, you don’t just destroy your company’s integrity and honesty with that one young graduate—if she’s an online publications writer. You destroy your company’s integrity for all of England, Ireland, and Europe, for all young readers—recent undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates who are a part of the online readership community.
Risk Dynamics, I deserved better.