There will be times when you seem to do all the right things and STILL don’t get the job. Maybe there are some mistakes you are making that you are not aware of, or honestly, it may not really have anything to do with you at all. Employers sometimes post jobs and go through the interview process even though they already know they are going to promote someone within the company. Depending on their company guidelines, they may have to post jobs anywhere from 14 – 60 days just to give others a chance to apply. At any rate, there will be a time when you don’t get a job. Here are some tips to help you assess the situation:
1. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE
I know it’s disappointing but it’s not the end of the world. You didn’t get the job, but you did get an interview which means you were qualified. Don’t start doubting yourself and your skills. Think of it as a learning experience. Every time you interview you get the chance to practice selling yourself, get feedback on your resume and find out what employers in your industry are looking for. You are just getting more prepared for your next interview.
2. SEND A THANK YOU TO THE EMPLOYER
Even though you did not get the job, you still want to be professional. The appropriate thing to do is thank the employer for the opportunity to interview and ask that they keep you in mind for future opportunities. You never know……something could open up in 3 months or that employer could refer you to someone in his network. I would imagine most employers don’t get a thank you from candidates that they did not hire, so sending one could prove very favorable for you. Remember to always be professional – whether you feel like it or not.
3. GET FEEDBACK FROM THE EMPLOYER
Either call or email the employer and ask them for feedback. You want to know what you can do to improve your interviewing or negotiating skills. This is strictly for your professional growth – not to ask them to reconsider their decision. Keep in mind, some employers will give you honest feedback and some won’t, but you won’t know if you don’t ask.
4. CONNECT WITH THE EMPLOYER ON LINKEDIN
AFTER you have learned that you definitely did not get the job, then you can connect on LinkedIn. Don’t connect while you are still waiting to hear back. It may come across as too pushy or make the employer uncomfortable while they are trying to make a decision. Connecting with them on LinkedIn is a way to stay in touch with the employer as sometimes they post job openings to their network. Also, every time you post something or update your own profile you show up on their homepage as well and it reminds them of who you are and what you do.
5. EVALUATE THE PROCESS
After you have gotten feedback from the employer, you really should do a self-assessment to see what you could have done better. Did you match the style of the interviewer? Were you likeable? Did you have SPECIFIC answers to questions? Did you follow up to the interview in a timely manner? Were you on time and dressed professionally? Did you ask questions in the interview? Did you negotiate your salary appropriately? Did you follow ALL the instructions you were given during and after the interview? Was there something that came up in your background check that could have prevented them from hiring you? Did your references/previous employers say good things about you?
6. PRACTICE INTERVIEWING
I strongly suggest you practice answering interview questions EACH and EVERY TIME you have an interview. Even the most seasoned professional should practice answering questions so that it comes across natural and addresses the employer’s needs. Interviewing is not just simply rattling off answers to questions – you MUST have a conversation with the employer and have SPECIFIC examples of your experience. Every time you practice you will come across more polished.
7. REASSESS YOUR JOB SEARCH
You want to make sure you are applying for jobs that adequately fit your skill set, interests and career goals. This will keep you from getting to the interview and realizing that the job is not a good fit for you. Your job search should be targeted. It really is a waste of time to apply for every job you come across.
8. KEEP GOING
The best way to get over a job that you didn’t get is to keep applying for more jobs. You shouldn’t suspend your job search until you have actually landed a job…..and there is a job out there with YOUR name on it. So keep going!!! You didn’t get the job this time, but I am confident you will nail it the next time!