May 19, 2014

Didn’t get the job? What to do now.


You thought everything had gone well, but they haven’t called you back and you just know you didn’t get the job. What do you do now?


There might still be hope. Sometimes a company offers the job to someone else, but they don’t accept it. And that process can take a little time. They offer the job, the person takes a few days to think about it, they get back to the company telling them they don’t want the job, and the company has to re-assess their applicants now that their top choice has changed his or her mind.


This is a tough time for you. Take a day off from job hunting. Recharge your batteries. One day away from your job search won’t hurt your chances of finding another job.


Go over the interview in your mind. Look at it in a constructive way. Try to remember the questions they asked you and how you replied to them. Is there anything that you missed that would have really helped showcase your skills? Did you ramble on because of nerves?  Remember to take other things into consideration too. Were you dressed properly?  Were you prepared by knowing your skills and work history? Were you confident? The good news is that you can work on all of this before your next interview.


Try to see the interview that didn’t succeed in getting you a job as a life experience. Each time you attend an interview you should be more and more comfortable. You will have experience in answering questions and you will know your work history inside out. Try to see it as practice for the job you really want. Every interview you have takes you one step closer to finding a job while giving you a chance to practice your interviewing skills.

Don’t be hard on yourself. The trick is to stay positive and keep going.


Hit the job boards, check out the newspapers and network. If you want to find a job, you must apply. And applying to as many jobs as you can that you are interested in and qualified for is your best chance at getting a job.  Good luck!!

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