You're talking out both sides of your mouth. If you're going by strictly the score, I scored higher, I was the best candidate on paper. Every department can bypass for whatever reason they choose. You have no right of appeal. The definition of nepotism was what I just posted. I had family in the area, so saying I wasn't taking the test on a whim.To be fair to that department, just because they chose someone else, doesn't mean there was nepotism involved. It actually makes sense to choose a qualified candidate from that community because there is significantly less of a chance he's only using that department as a stepping stone (something they must see from the majority of mass applicants).
Same thing with Londonderry, the test was easy so a lot of people crushed it and the PT is pass fail.
I took Londonderry over 9 years ago. It was a scored test. Not a pass fail. I have no idea how they do it now. Either way I apparently got lost in the candidate shuffle. It happens to all of us.
Definitely not saying "hookups" don't happen, but I feel as if it's the exception, and not the rule.
Having a hook definitely helps. You're out of your mind if you think it doesn't. I have seen kids get hired simply by word of mouth. This isn't my first day, I took tests for several years before getting OTJ, like many other members here.