That we can agree on. To me, every time I sit in front of an administrator, I feel like I'm competing with the rest of the pool. I know that someone is going to get the job and others will not. If I am the one who gets the offer, I know that I did something more right than other equally qualified applicants. If there are X applicants, there will be X-1 that didn't make the cut for any number of reasons (most of which you have stated). Schools would love to be able to hire many of the people they interview (if they didn't want to hire them at all they wouldn't make the interview stage), but money is finite and so are positions.