You sent your resume to a company, and they interviewed you. 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, 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. Go window shopping, go for a drive, or an inexpensive night out with friends.. Recharge your batteries. One day away from your job search likely won’t hurt your chances to find another job. And it might do wonders for your self-esteem, your energy, and your drive to continue.
Go over the interview in your mind. Don’t do it as a critique of yourself, but look at it in a constructive way. Try to remember the questions they asked you and how you replied them. Is there anything that you missed that would have really helped showcase your skills? Did you ramble on because you were nervous? Work on those skills with a friend by role-playing the interview. The more comfortable you are, the better you will do next time. Remember to take other things into consideration too. Were you dressed properly for the interview? 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. There are lots of places online and off where you can gain helpful interview tips and suggestions. Check them out.
Try to see the interview that didn’t succeed in getting you a job as a life experience. It might not seem like it now, but you’re gaining more experience doing interviews, and each time you do another one, you should be more and more comfortable. You will have experience in answering their questions and you will know your past 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. Nearly everyone at some point or another has been in your situation. The trick is to stay positive and forge ahead.
Don’t Give Up:
Hit the job fairs, check out the newspapers and the job ads online, 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.