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Cash for questions

Letters

I note the article about the workload boom in Ireland and the lack of engineers (NCE 12 July).

I recently replied to two advertisements in NCE from local authorities recruiting staff for road projects. I was duly called for an interview for the first of the posts in central southern Ireland. No expenses would be paid, but as 'faint heart never won fair lady' I duly made the trip.

I discovered on the day of the interview that the council had chosen 14 applicants to interview for the same post.

Unfortunately I did not get the job and was informed in the rejection letter that I was 'awarded' 7th place.

The cost of the interview to me was in the order of £450.

This includes two days unpaid leave, air flight, car hire, parking, fuel, a night's accommodation, food away from home etc.

While I am sorry that I did not get the job and accept the decision, I feel that the personnel officers could have chosen the candidates for interview more wisely and possibly saved myself and a good few others the cost.

Ian Prior, 72 Nether Edge Road, Sheffield, S7 1RX

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