Quick question as stated above.
Friend of mine went for a job with the local authority. It took the council five months from the application deadline to fill the vacancy. This included two interviews, where they interviewed 120 people in the first round and only took it down to forty for the second. In the first interview he got his results of the interview and under relevant experience he got 22 out of 25.
In the second interview, there were people attending who didn't do the first interview. My friend did not get the job and his relevant experience dropped from 22 to 16. A lot of others who did the interview found the same thing had happened. Surely their relevant experience can't go down?
Now, it transpires that the man who got the job is related to someone who works in the county manager's office. His suitability to the job is tenuous at best, and he also happens to live near a local councillor.
So my question is, can the ombudsman investigate the whole process? The fact that it took five months is surely a disgrace and the cost of interviewing people would have been obscene.