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What is the interview process like?


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Extremely long and protracted (interview to hire=3 months personally, and told of lengthier time-frames by others). For a prospective employee who is may be facing future financial stressors, and who is not made aware of this possible, lengthy on-boarding process, each passing day that goes by without a return call from the HR department, or without some form of acknowledgement can be agonizing. It can only be surmised that many past applicants who may have wished to work here, and who were highly qualified, had to search elsewhere and accept a different position just to feed their families. Ironically, Chautauqua Opportunities espouses primary goals of lifting people out of poverty, they require virtually all employees to complete a 400-500 page, multi-workbook course on Financial Social Work, but cannot seem to understand the plight of job-seekers who need to be working as soon as is possible.
With ALL of their programs fully funded through public and private grants, one might ask why there are so many jobs that have not been filled for over 6 months (certainly a question the funders might want to pose, as well). Truth is likely that funders are usually placated with the "We're having a hard time finding qualified people" or "We were unhappy with some of our new hires and were forced to let them go prior to their 90-days" answers when the time for reporting progress arrives, allowing the Organization to allocate a portion of that program year's funds to be utilized by other programs.
Prospective Employees are forewarned.


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Lengthy and nightmarish

Answered - Family & Community Engagement Specialist (Former Employee) - Jamestown, NY

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