I wasn’t planning to write an entry today, but then I got a note from Microsoft.
We appreciate your interest in a career at Microsoft. Unfortunately, we will not be moving forward with the position of Sr. Product Marketing Manager – Developer Audience, 1420173 at this time. Best of luck in your search process.
Whaaa? When did I apply for this? The record on the careers site just showed the record was updated yesterday. I was pretty sure I hadn’t applied at Microsoft in the current job hunt because of layoffs and freezes going on there.
So I searched my email archive. I couldn’t find the email confirming I applied for it. Instead I found an email chain with a recruiter for the exact same title. Two days after I started with Lumigo, they reached out to start the process moving (fill out a questionnaire and set up time for a chat) and I had to decline.
I guess the application wasn’t deactivated, so 4.5 months later they sent out a form letter to pointlessly let me know my application for a position for which I’d withdrawn my candidacy was not going to move forward.
This is like you giving your number to someone at a party. Six weeks later, they finally give you a call and you tell them you’re seeing someone, so thanks, but no. Then they call you 4 months after that to let you know they’re taking a break from dating.
Either I should have manually gone and withdrawn the application, or the recruiter should have marked it withdrawn. Seems like neither happened, so it sat in limbo.
Initially this email felt like sour grapes: “well, we’re not interested in you either.” But after re-reading the letter, it seems the requisition closed and this was sent automatically because the application was never officially withdrawn. That’s why the original title of this post, “Real Mature, Microsoft,” was changed to “Unflipped Switches.”
And the hunt continues…