Senior recruiter reaches out to me at 12:24 pm 3/8/3023
we talk at 3:30 pm. I explain how it's very likely one or more persons in his organization know me and doesn't like me. he says he's going to submit my resume anyway.
this morning at 8:06 AM
Hi, I spoke with the team this AM. At this time, they are moving forward with another candidate already in the interview process. I appreciate your time yesterday. Feel free to keep in touch!
Sent the following messages at 8:38 AM
I had a feeling. :-) Things do change and directors come and go so if there is a changing of the guard, please keep me in mind for future opportunities.
I give the recruiter props for reaching back with the best letdown message he could come up with under the circumstances. He is lying and knows that I know he is lying.
I've burned many bridges in my career. Some of it was my immaturity. But some of it was also standing up for myself, setting boundaries and not letting people treat me like crap.
I cannot say who this company is but I did apply with them in 2015 and also got this after a first-round interview:
It was a pleasure speaking with you to discuss your background and interest in HBR Consulting. We appreciate your time, attentiveness and patience throughout the interview process. While we were impressed with your qualifications, we are unable to offer you a position at this time. We will retain your resume on file and should our needs change, we will contact you.
And then a few months later I was hired by a Big Audit and we engaged said company to work on a project. It doesn't look like lightening will strike twice though.