Note to Mods: I’m putting this in IMHO on the likelihood that there may be no correct, factual answer to my question(s). I’ve a feeling it may come down to conjecture and best-guesstimate based upon other people’s experiences and such.
Last week (11/27/17 - 12/1/17) I interviewed with multiple prospective employers for a new job. Friday, 12/1/17, ~ 9:00 AM, one company made me an offer of employment.
The interview(s), on Tuesday, 11/28/17, and Thursday, 11/30/17, with both Maintenance and Production Management at that company went very well, IMO. The interviews started cordial, professional, and as the interview(s) progressed grew more relaxed, genial, even convivial. I was excited, and so were they (at least, that was my “read” on the people present).
I called them (the HR Dept.) and spoke with the head of HR. She said the offer of employment was contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug screen. I said I was ready to go, and she said she’d look into how quickly she could set up the drug screening.
At ~10:00 AM, I gave my two-week notice with my current employer. :smack:
Friday, 12/1/17, ~4:00PM, she (HR Mgr.) called me back, asked if I could come in at 9:00 AM on Monday, 12/4/17, to pick up the paperwork to take to a local clinic for pre-employment drug screening. I said yes.
Monday, ~9:00AM, I’m in the lobby of my not-quite-yet-new employer. The HR Manager comes down to tell me the offer of employment has been rescinded. Asking why, I was told (quoting as accurately as possible from stunned, shocked memory):
Friday, 4:00PM, they’re hot for me to get started, knowing (because I’d told them, straight-up, during both interviews) I’d be giving two-weeks notice to my current employer, and serve as many days of that two weeks as my current employer desired.
Monday, 9:00AM, they don’t even want to talk to me.
I’d previously had an offer rescinded with a different prospective employer (thankfully before I gave my two-week notice!) simply because they found a candidate that could start immediately, as opposed to my two-weeks-plus. Okay, fair 'nuf, I reckon. No hard feelings.
So, anyone with HR or hiring experience: can you offer any explanation as to what the hell happened? Given the statement, “long term fit,” am I wrong to suspect I may have been discriminated against based upon my age? I’m 50, FWIW.