strongly suspect that one of my recent job searches, for which i received an on-campus interview, was actually rigged and they only interviewed me because they had to interview two people for HR or something. the position at an elite LAC and was below the associate/full professor level, and that is about all i can/will say.
here's my mostly circumstantial evidence:
1. from the board here, i determined that the other applicant was contacted a full 5 days before i was contacted for a phone interview.
2. via arcane methods related to the board here, which i will not disclose, i determined with >95% likelihood the institutional affiliation of the other applicant. at least two professors in this relatively small department received their degrees from the same institution.
3. based on #2, the applicant's institution was more similar to the elite LAC than the institution where I am currently based.
4. it took the committee 1 week + 1 day to tell me that the other candidate was offered the position and accepted, which seems quite the turnaround. i got the usual drivel about them liking me and my research and such. I am getting really tired of hearing how qualified I am when people are rejecting me or telling me they don't even have a position. who cares unless you give me a job?
i know it's not a slam dunk without-a-reasonable doubt case, but using the preponderance of the evidence standard (>50%) i think the game was rigged all along.