Ritz internship WAS advertised publicly – I saw it, says graduate

UNPAID ROLE APPEARED IN EMAIL ALERT FROM THIRD-PARTY JOB BOARD IN JANUARY

*GRADUATE FOG EXCLUSIVE!*

A graduate has told Graduate Fog that she saw the Ritz’s advert for an unpaid HR intern back in January, advertised through a third-party job board called Indeed.co.uk (ad as it currently appears here). This calls into question the Ritz’s claim that the internship was “erroneously posted” on its website “in draft format”, on their “online recruitment system” only and that is was “not a role that was recruited for”.

In light of this development. Graduate Fog today wrote back to the Ritz, to ask for further explanation of what happened:

To: The Ritz London
From: Graduate Fog
Date: 1 March 2013, 13.28
Subject: Re: Re: Re: The Ritz London

Hi [NAME REMOVED BY GRADUATE FOG]

As you may have seen, I posted your response about the internship advert on Graduate Fog yesterday.

Now, a graduate has come forward and said that she saw the advert on a job alert email from Indeed.co.uk on the 11th January 2013.

Clearly, this raises further questions. In your previous email to me, you said that the advert was “erroneously posted” in “draft format” on the Ritz’s site and was “not a role that was recruited for”. You also suggested that this advert was only ever posted on the Ritz’s own “online recruitment system”.

If that is the case, can you explain how this job advert ended up in a third-party email alert sent to thousands of job-hunting graduates? Presumably you received quite a few responses. Did that not alert you to the fact that this advert had somehow escaped your own systems and was now being promoted in the wider community? What did you do with those responses? And are you still maintaining that this internship never happened?

With thanks again

Tanya de Grunwald
Founder, Graduate Fog

The graduate says she tweeted the link to Intern Aware and the Ritz London around the time she saw the advert, so it remains unclear how the Ritz could have been unaware that the advert was being promoted publicly. There are certainly a lot of questions for the Ritz to answer – we will let you know when we hear back…

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