I recently applied for a senior marketing position in a small consumer electronics company. After attending a series of three interviews, I hadn’t heard back from them since.
Today they finally called – five months after the first interview. After telling me that their general manager was suitably impressed with me, they told me the bad news. Instead of the original permanent position I had applied for, they offered it in a freelance capacity instead. They had just restructured and was thinking of using part-time help to market their line of consumer electronics.
Honestly, I don’t know what shocked me more – that their HR took so long to get back, or the fact that a company can ever conceive of outsourcing one of their most critical functions.
I politely turned their offer down.