Nearly 100 people applied with a wider range of backgrounds than you might think. (Before you say it is not surprising to get that many applications for such a high profile job read on) Reviewing those applications, I (actually my Chief Deputy and I) winnowed them down to about 20. Those 20 are the individuals going through the interview process currently. One thing has amazed and irritated me, the answers I am getting to my second question of the interview:
It has amazed me how many of the interviewees can not give me a reasonable answer to that question. I am irritated that they apparently didn’t really care enough to find out something about what we do before they would apply for a job in the field. Every one of those individuals gets scratched from the list immediately. With the availability of the Internet to query about every topic one could imagine and with what seems to be 40 or 50 Coroner-related TV shows on the air, it shouldn’t be that hard to do a little research before you decide this is the field you really want to get into. Are people lazy? Do they not care? Obviously they are clueless about whether this is the field that they want to make their profession. I am looking for individuals committed to this field of endeavor; committed to this as a profession, not a passing fancy (and I do have some of those aps too,just not as many as I thought I would).
If one of those still scheduled to come in for an interview happens across this rant, know the answer to that question or save us both time and don’t come in.