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What's a word or phrase for a situation in which, for example, people in authority pretend to be serious in selecting a new member, whereas they have already decided who to choose?

I googled it but to no avail.

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth single-word-requests Jul 2 '18 at 1:41

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    I upvoted the rigged answer. In some cases foregone conclusion might also work. – k1eran Jul 1 '18 at 20:10
  • This sounds very similar to english.stackexchange.com/questions/452360/…. It's slightly different enough that it might not be a duplicate. (The answer there was "lip service.") – Jason Bassford Jul 1 '18 at 20:12
  • For this question, an answer could also be "facade" or "act." It's not clear if it's a verb or a noun that's being looked for; something that describes the people themselves, or the situation. (The title of the question implies something different than the body of the question.) – Jason Bassford Jul 1 '18 at 20:14
  • The word pre-arranged often features - as in pre-arranged result. – WS2 Jul 1 '18 at 21:25
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I think you are referring to rigging:

the act of arranging dishonestly for the result of something, for example an election, to be changed.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

In your specific case you can say that the context was rigged.

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Since you asked for a noun, these are possible nouns in descending order of fit:

  • sham - The interview was a sham. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • charade - The interview was a charade. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • smoke screen - The interview as a smoke screen. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • put-on - The interview was a put-on. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • production - The interview was a production. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • ruse - The interview was a ruse. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • pretense - The interview was pretense. They'd already decided on someone else.

If you're looking for an adjective, these are a couple of adjectives:

  • rigged - The interview was rigged. They'd already decided on someone else.
  • just for show - The interview was just for show. They'd already decided on someone else.

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