It seems that lately, most of my alleged “job leads” end up leading nowhere. I search for jobs, I apply to those that seem like a good match, and I occasionally get invited to an in-person interview.
Unfortunately for me, the employers tend to come back saying “We regret to inform you that we went with another candidate.” This is what happened after my most recent interview — which means that now I must start the search again.
It’s discouraging because I invest a lot of my time into the application and interview processes, but I rarely want to write about the experiences. The reason why I’m reluctant to publish everything that I’ve been doing during my job hunt is because I know that if I did, my blog would look like this:
Day 1 – I applied to a job that I’m qualified for.
Day 2 – I applied to a job that interests me.
Day 3 – I applied to another job that I’m qualified for.
Day 4 – I interviewed for a job that seems neither awful nor wonderful.
Day 5 – I applied to another job that interests me.
I did choose to publish my “Can I Have This Job?” article about the most recent interview I attended, though, because I felt like it was a good match: I had relevant experience, I felt like I might really enjoy the work, and the starting salary they were offering was quite generous. In a sentence, I wanted this job.
Consequently, I became excited when they told me that I was among the five applicants they’d be interviewing for the position. I was even more excited when I met with them, and determined they would be a nice group of people to work with. What excited me most was that after the interview was over, I realized that I had been talking with them for almost two hours. I imagined that they must have really liked me.
I sent my Thank You letter and began the wait. I’m certain that all job seekers are familiar with what I’m talking about: You wait as patiently as possible while they wrap up the remaining interviews, make their decision, and then contact the “winning” applicant to offer them the job. If that person accepts the position, then the employer contacts everyone else with the unfortunate news: We regret to inform you that…
Now, I felt rather confident about this job lead. I was qualified for the position, evidenced by the fact that they wanted to interview me. Also, there was never a moment during my interview where I felt like I really flubbed up a response. I did 80% of the talking, and was able to provide concrete examples to help demonstrate that I’m a resource person. I honestly believed that the people I was interviewing with would likely be my supervisors for the next 5-10 years.
Despite how I felt, I finally got the call:
“We regret to inform you that we’ve hired an internal candidate.”
Though I manage to take these calls tactfully, I’m always bitter as a result of them. I’m bitter because I know that anyone who hires me won’t regret their decision to hire me. I’m bitter because everyone I know who has heard about my latest “hot job opportunity” will find out that I didn’t get the job. But what I’m most bitter about, is that the more this continues to happen, the more I feel like a loser.
I’m trying my best to keep my head up. I’ve put a period, convinced myself that I must not have been the best match for this position, and now I’m moving on.
So what’s the next step? I think that maybe the best thing for me to do is to brush up on my interview skills. I often manage to get the interview, but I regularly fail to wow them once I’m in the hot seat.
I’ve checked out some books on the subject (The 10 Minute Guide to Job Interviews and No One Will Hire Me!), but I’d be interested in hearing more suggestions from all of you. If you have any good advice regarding Job Interviews or want to share your own experiences on the topic, please share your thoughts in the comments!
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