A reader writes:
Today I experienced something I had before. I felt tricked and cheated after I found out that the interview I had 3 weeks ago was fake - they had a candidate, but arranged to have interviews nevertheless. This already happened to me twice.
I feel frustrated for my wasted time, effort and the negative outcome of the interview. I hope you understand my frustration. I was just wondering - should something be done? And what can be done?
What do you suggest? It's not really any different from when candidates go to job interviews when they're pretty unlikely to accept the job. It wastes everyone's time, but there's no federal interviewing board that's going to start fining people for it.
Yes, sometimes companies have a candidate in mind but feel like they should do a full round of interviews anyway (or in some cases are required to). In some cases, they're not actually open to any of the other candidates they're interviewing; in other cases, they are.
There aren't really any ways you can find out ahead of time whether this is the case. Companies that do this are unlikely to tell you they're doing this, and companies that aren't (the majority of them) are likely to take the question as odd and paranoid.
It's a risk you take when you interview -- but then so is rejection, no matter how open to hiring you they are. I'd let it go.