Debora Weisbacher, Career Coach
You have applied to your dream job at your dream company, received and passed a telephone screening interview and have been called into the company for two grueling in-person interviews. You are giddy with the feeling that you really connected with the hiring manager and this is going to be “IT.” This time, you just know that you are the perfect candidate. Your skills and qualifications are exactly what the job description listed and what the hiring manager told you the company was seeking. This is the ideal job for you and after all of your hard work, research and waiting, you are going to get it – finally! Any day now you expect that the offer of employment will come rolling in, maybe by email, telephone call, snail mail, who knows, just bring it on!
But what if when you finally get contacted by the company, the news is not what you expected? Another person was selected for the job. So, what do you do now?
- Let yourself feel bad. You can take some time to feel sad and disappointed but the faster you get back to your job search, the better.
- Write a thank you note. This is the perfect time to take the high road. Write a note to the employer thanking them for their time, consideration and the opportunity to have interviewed with the company. Let the employer know that you would still very much like to work there. Thank the employer for letting you know about their hiring decision and remind them of your experience, background, strong skill sets and the ways in which you would be an asset to their organization.
- Ask for feedback. If you feel comfortable asking, you may preface the request with your desire to learn from the experience and improve yourself and your interviewing skills moving forward. Some employers may give you a response and some may not for fear of legal ramifications.
- Keep looking. Stay active in your search and keep applying to jobs. Just because you think you are going to get an offer, don’t stop looking for or applying to positions that are a good fit.
There are two unemployed people for every job opening, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics in August 2014. That doesn’t even take into account the number of underemployed people looking for work. The competition is tough, but you need to be tougher. Your dream job is out there, you must simply persevere to find it.
Debora Weisbacher, JCS Career Coach
JCS offers a full range of career services. For more information about the JCS Career Center click here or call 410-466-9200.
JCS offers a Job Search Network Meetup twice a month at our office in Owings Mills. The group is open to the community and there is no charge to attend. It can be a good first step for people who need support but just don’t know which direction to proceed. Get more information and a meeting schedule at www.meetup.com/JCSJSN.