"Further to receiving your application form, I have to inform you that on this occasion you have been shortlisted but due to the number of applications received we have had to randomly select applications for interview. Your application has been placed on reserve, and should we not find a suitable candidate we will get in touch with you. "
I thought this kind of thing was a bit of an urban legend, but apparently not. Still, it's nice to know that after two hours plus of filling in an application form for something you really want to do, your chances of even getting an interview depend on random chance. That makes it better, but at the same time so much worse. Getting a job is just a game of bingo. I wonder how many other recruiters do this kind of thing, but don't tell you about it; I wonder how many other applications just got shoved in the bin because I just wasn't lucky enough.
I was wondering whether to reveal the name of the people who did this, but then thought, why think about things? Why not let fate decide? So as luck would have it I have a 2p coin handy. Heads, I tell you who it is. Tails, I don't.
Bugger. Ah well.