What To Do When You Don't Get The Job

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Hello! This is it! You've interviewed for the job of your dreams, you thought it went amazing. You left excited and waiting for the call. But, then you get the call...you didn't get the job. Suddenly, you feel like your world is crashing and your dreams have been crushed. But, it's not the end of the world!

It's important to understand why you didn't get the job so you can improve for the next application, whether it is at that company, or at another. It's important to remember that it is not the end of the world, but you're allowed to be sad about it for a minute.

You're allowed to be sad that you didn't get the job.


But don't sulk about it. It was something you wanted, and you didn't get it. It's okay to be bummed about it, but don't let it ruin your week, or don't get too caught up in it. The way I looked at it when I didn't get a promotion at work was, well there's a reason you didn't get it this time, it's not your time. You have to remember that it may not be your place at that job, no matter how much you wanted it, and that is okay.

Listen to what they said and look at what you can improve


Hopefully, they gave you some insight on why you didn't get the job, but I know not everyone does this. If they did give feedback, listen to it. Use what they said to help reflect on your answers, and see what you may need to improve on. Now, what they didn't like may have been company specific, but that just means you may need to look more into the company culture before you submit more applications/attend interviews. It's important to know the company culture and make sure you fit.

It's important to take the feedback the interviewer/HR person gives you. I believe that they want to help you be abe to get the job next time, or even just want to let you know why you didn't get the job and leave you wondering. But, do review what they suggested to you and see if there is something that you need to improve on before your next interview. 

Don't take it personally, you just weren't the right fit


Don't take not getting the job personally, and this goes back to some of what I said in the first point. Don't use the time to reflect to say that you're horrible, or to tear yourself down. Don't take not getting the job as a personal stab against you. You just weren't a right fit, and something better is coming for you, so don't take it personally.

I feel that we can take things personally when they don't work out in our favor, especially when it comes to something that you have to impress someone about, i.e. an interview. 

Don't get discouraged, your time will come


Don't let this experience get you feeling that you aren't going to ever get a job. You have to get out of your own head or stay out of it so you don't have to get out of it. After you give yourself some TLC, get back on your feet and get back to researching more jobs. Like I said before, it isn't the right time for you to have that job and something better is coming. I do believe that. A little while after I didn't get the promotion I wanted, I came into a situation where it was good that I didn't get it.

Get back to the grind


Like I mentioned, you do have to get back on your feet and get back to researching more positions. Take all of the feedback that you've gotten from your previous interview, or interviews, and use that to help you research more potential job positions. I do believe that each of these non-offers will help you find your way to your true dream job.

The main point is to just don't get too down on yourself about not getting the job, it doesn't reflect poorly on you. You just didn't fit with the company and that is okay. Just review what you learned and apply it to the next interview.

What have you learned from not getting job positions you wanted?

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