I didn’t get the job.

That’s right, I didn’t get the job. Which is crazy to me. Because I nailed the interview, was absolutely overqualified and made them laugh and smile quite a bit.

Today hasn’t been a good day. And I mean, you have to have bad days in order to have a good day… I know this. But it still sucks.

I got an email this afternoon that says “We’re unable to hire you”. Unable, or unwilling? Regardless, I didn’t get the job. I honestly can’t even fathom what I did wrong.

So, where do I go from here? I don’t know how to feel about this all, really. I mean, I mentioned the other day that this particular job wasn’t one that I overly wanted – but I still put forth the effort. I still worked damn hard because I told myself beggers can’t be choosers. I told myself that I could do this job and I could do a damn good job of it. I made a real effort and it’s frustrating to be rejected with no reasoning why.

Rejection sucks. Nothing feels right, not right now. Back to the drawing board…

17 thoughts on “I didn’t get the job.

  1. I’m sorry you are disappointed, I know the feeling. Have you considered calling and asking for feedback? When I was a hiring manager I would always offer feedback and people appreciated it, and hopefully it helped them the next time. It’s easy for me to tell you to keep your chin up, so I wont. I will wish you well on the next interview, don’t give up.

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    1. Thanks for your response. I did ask their HR person (the woman doing the hiring) she proclaimed that “we’ve chosen to go another way” when I asked her for feedback. Helpful, right? Sounds like you’re a lot better when it comes to that kind of stuff. Too bad you weren’t doing the hiring. I would actually appreciate some feedback and very much make use. Thanks ❤

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      1. That is a shame, and a bit of a cop-out on her part. Even if they did “go a different way” (it happens quite a bit), it would have been kind of her to take some time and talk to you about the interview. Sigh.

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    2. I know that a job application is not a creative writing submission. However, I have sent out 46 submissions. 3 have been accepted, 30 have been turned down. “Paper your walls with rejections,” Stephen King. One of my best friends once said to me: “if you want to get to your destination, don’t get off the train before you arrive.” Rejections are heart-breaking. It is so easy to give up, so difficult sometimes to believe. But we must believe. We mustn’t give up. Ever. What you want will happen. Sooner or later. Breathe deep. Believe. Don’t despair. And don’t get off the bus. All best wishes.

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  2. Maybe email back asking if they can give you some feedback on your interview, was there anything in particular you can do next time? You might find out you didn’t do anything wrong, if it’s like it is here you can be amazing and still not get it because there are 4 or 5 other people the same as you but one of them has 6 months more experience or something daft like that. If not you might get some helpful info that helps you definitely get the next one.

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  3. Oh no, and after you did so well as well. I was about to ask if you’d received feedback but saw the post above. What an odd thing to say? Maybe it’s code for ‘we already had an internal candidate, but had to advertise externally due to employment legislation’?

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  4. This job wasn’t right for you. Keep being yourself. Show your prospective employers what they’d be missing out on if they don’t hire you. No one likes feeling as though they’ve miss out. For yourself, list all of the qualities/strengths that you have that you are proud of and that would make you an asset to any organization.

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  5. I totally know how this feels … and I also know how it feels to be hired and then fired. Happened to me THREE TIMES in four years. Not saying this is going to happen to you, and I know you’re tired of hearing people telling you to hang in there and that something will come up, but IT WILL. I definitely have been through the wringer with jobs and each step is exhausting and frustrating and confusing. But I’ve been at my current job for 5 years now and I’m so glad I finally found a place I like and where I fit in and know I’m an asset. And the thing is, I wouldn’t have been as thankful if I hadn’t gone through all that crap first.
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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  6. Don’t let this bump in the road de-rail you. This has been a great experience for you getting prepared and going in for the interview! It wasn’t the right place or time for you but no experience in this field is bad experience! Keep your head high and I completely agree with people who have commented before me in saying keep pushing for more detailed feedback. Be prepared to be a nuisance to get the information you need. All the best for the search to come!

    From a fellow job-hunter.

    Shine like the star you are!

    Luna

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  7. Whenever this happened to me in the past, I’d be bummed about it but ultimately something more suitable came along. I do agree with the suggestion above to see if you can get specific feedback. Many managers don’t want to be bothered but it’s very helpful when they do.

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    1. This particular HR Manager faked ‘having to go for an errand’ so she could not answer. Which was quite a cop-out. I emailed her, just trying to try again and said ‘you know it really would be beneficial to me in the process and I’d be grateful to anything you could tell me’ and I never got anything back. I was trying to be uber kind in hope’s she’d consider providing feedback. Nope. Oh well. Thanks for your comment! I’m looking forward to the more suitable that is coming along.

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  8. The online process is just a precursor to a meeting with the latest emotionally retarded Mark 4 semi human-semi droid. At least that’s how it felt. However I believe I’m preaching to the choir here. Good luck, keep… smiling. Thanks for the visit etc.

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  9. Sorry you didn’t get the job. I know how you feel, having experienced it many times myself. In the teaching profession it is apparently considered rude to call and ask the status of one’s application and if they don’t hire you they are very cryptic – like the response you got, it tells you nothing. In job getting manuals they always tell you to call to remind HR of your application (no, not necessarily) because it shows you are interested, and also to ask for feedback when you don’t get hired so you can supposedly use that information when interviewing in the future. I think HR has read all the job manuals so they are very uncooperative about feedback!

    It’s hard to stay positive when you get rejected, but you will eventually get hired – and maybe that will be the job that’s just the right fit! Good luck!

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