Hiring Practices - These days most companies use online web site to take applications. I am currently working as a contractor for a large institution in Houston TX. I applied for 3 positions with the institution. Two had the same job title and the other was was different. I received an email stating that I as not a candidate for one of the positions because they were going to pursue other candidates but I never heard back about the other two position. When I asked, they told me that I was DISQUALIFIED for applying for the other positions because I had already posted for one with the same job title in another department. I thought that if you met the criteria to apply for a job (background checks, assessment test scores, etc). that you could apply for as many jobs with an organization as you wanted and that you were evaluated fairly with all the other candidates for each position. Because I was disqualified for the other two, my application/resume was never even considered for the other jobs. Is this a fair hiring practice?
June 11, 2010
Steven Daily: ...
While I can't give you legal advice on your particular situation, in general, job application requirements are determined by the employer's own internal policies and procedures. If an employer prohibits what it considers duplicate applications, as long as the employer enforces the policy even-handedly and without any discrimination on a prohibited basis (age, sex, race, etc.) I have trouble seeing any ethical or legal issue.