a male human wrote:More likely these people who got the job made the interviewers like them, applied at the perfect time, and just maybe were more articulate either in person or through their writing sample. There is a lot of luck involved-- not all interviewers like me, but some do-- but don't stress about other "less-qualified" people getting jobs, because it isn't true.
I recently experienced the sting of being displaced by a "less qualified" person. I was hoping to turn my part-time law clerk job into a full-time associate position. Unfortunately, the partners had more work than I could handle on a 20 hour work week so they decided to hire a new associate, who graduated from an unaccredited law school. I still have my part-time position, but my future with the firm appears to be bleak.
What stings the most is that I had several years of work experience with this firm, and I was asked to update the new guy's computer in what was once my office. Oh well, at least I have been continuously applying for alternative jobs since this summer; hopefully someone out there will bite.