Why Didn’t I Get the Job and What Should I Do Next?

Rebecca Kluberdanz, Head Editor, INALJ New York State

Why Didn’t I Get the Job and What Should I Do Next?

Rebecca_Kluberdanz_NYSFor me, and I am sure many others, the most frustrating thing about the job search is not hearing why I didn’t get the job or even an interview! Is it my experience level? Is it my education? Did they not like the clothes I wore to the interview? Did they just not like me as a person?

I recently read an article on Mashable.com entitled “5 Reasons Why Employers Don’t Respond After a Job Interview” and the whole thing just made me even more upset. Although sometimes it may hurt, I would always like to know the reason I don’t get a job or even an interview for a job! If I knew then there’s a possibility that I can change something I’m doing or, in some cases, not doing. In some cases I am well aware that there are large numbers of applicants but I still wish it was commonplace that employers tell every applicant either why they didn’t get an interview or, if they did, exactly why they didn’t get the job. Some of the reasons the Mashable article gave made sense but I would gladly sign some sort of document promising not to take any legal action if it meant I could have access to all that information.

In response to this article I came up with four things to do while waiting to hear back:

1. Keep looking!

The worst mistake job searchers can make is to not constantly look for a job. Even if you have already gone on an interview for a dream job you need to continue to look because you never know if another dream job may pop up while you are waiting! There are no guarantees in the job search world so never stop looking!

2. Relax and stop over thinking.

After interviews, and even after sending off job applications, I have made myself sick worrying about what has already been done. Once an interview is done, it is done. You send off your thank you and then you have to wait. There is absolutely nothing you can do to change what you already said in the interview so it is better to just relax. Do some yoga, get some recreational reading done but stop obsessing! It just stresses you out more!

3. Treat yourself.

Make sure you are doing things for yourself during the job search process! If you are not relaxed and happy and confident it will be reflected in everything that you do. You need to be your best self if you want to put your best self forward so make sure you always make times for breaks and things you love to do.

4. Open yourself to new opportunities.

Maybe if the job search thing is frustrating you look for places to volunteer! Volunteering is great way to learn about the library world and pad your resume without having to go through the same crazy application process for a full-time or part-time job.

As I mentioned before, not hearing back from job applications is one of the most frustrating things in the world but by keeping calm, staying happy and opening yourself to new opportunities you can get through this and get a job that is the perfect fit for you!

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/05/05/job-interview-silence/

  3 comments for “Why Didn’t I Get the Job and What Should I Do Next?

  1. Rachel
    June 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I think if you interview with an employer, as a matter of courtesy, they should at least make contact to let you know for sure that you didn’t get selected. Of course, we’ll figure it out if weeks pass and we hear nothing, but I believe that if we took the time to interview, they should at least send an email. I did a phone interview that wasn’t great, so I knew that I wasn’t getting the job, but would it have killed anyone to write two sentences and a thanks-for-interviewing? I suspect not. I love our profession, so maybe I expect too much.

  2. Gretchen
    June 5, 2014 at 10:36 am

    It’s interesting that I should read this article now as I just heard back from a non-library job yesterday that I didn’t get that I knew I did well on the interview. I was able to call and politely ask for feedback. I asked was there anything I didn’t convey or did not respond well to and was told that there was nothing wrong with my interview, and that the two individuals selected had more recent experience and were just a better fit.

    I still was not happy because this was a position in my current field for which I was really over-qualified for, but it really bothered me – all night in fact. I’ve shaken it off since it was not my dream librarian position anyway but rejection still hurts regardless.

  3. David
    June 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

    This is excellent advice

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