You Didn’t Get the Job. Why It’s Not Over


It’s safe to say that sometimes you simply won’t get the job. No matter how qualified and experienced you may be, if the hiring manager thinks it won’t be a good fit, you’re out of luck. But don’t worry! These things happen. Part of the process of a serious job search involves dealing with rejection. Here are a few reasons why you should take it in stride.

Maybe It’s Not You, It’s Them

You’ve probably heard the old breakup line “it’s not you, it’s me.” In the case of not getting the job, that very well might be the truth. As an applicant, you only have control over the variables you present to the job search process. These include your application materials, your resume, your presentation and performance in an interview. What you can’t control is the variables the company or hiring manager brings to the table, such as their ideal candidate, their preconceptions, and their expectations from the position. Maybe they had a bad day when you were interviewed and that unfairly colored their impression of you. Maybe they already had someone else in mind for the job. These things happen, and it’s not the end of the world. Just accept that you don’t have control over the situation, move forward and do the best you can.

They May See Your Value Elsewhere

These days, hiring is all about finding someone who is a great “fit” for a specific position. This depends a lot on qualifications and experience, but it also looks at soft skills and personalities, and how well a team will be able to work together to get the job done. In some cases, a rejection can come because the hiring manager may think you are a better fit for another job. They might even have a specific job in mind and can connect you to another opportunity if you show interest at the appropriate point in the conversation. Don’t take a rejection due to the wrong “fit” personally. There are plenty of chances to find a great job that will meet your needs and make you happier if you have the patience to find them.

Don’t Take “No” Personally

When you do hear a “no,” make sure that you remain polite and courteous throughout the entire application process. Even if you get a “no” on this job, each professional connection you make can help further your career at a later date. By staying on the hiring manager’s good side, and impressing them with your professionalism and positive attitude, you might just put them in mind to recommend you to another manager or co-worker for a future position. Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth in the hiring arena. Consider taking the time to follow up after the process is complete, and find out if you can be considered for other jobs. You never know where your next opportunity will come from.

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