I Didn’t Get The Job. Now What?

Career Blog Jill-Klees

Q: I did my best in the interview and I thought I had nailed it but I didn’t get the job. I even asked for feedback and they said I did extremely well. I don’t know what else to do.

A: Unfortunately, even when you do your best in an interview, it doesn’t mean you will always get the job. There are many qualified candidates in the talent pool. But please don’t lose hope.

As hard as it is, don’t take it personally when you know you did your best in the interview. There can be many reasons why you didn’t get the job and many of them are out of your control. Hashing out all of the possible “what-if’s” is not the most productive use of your time.

Instead, focus on the things you can improve and move past the disappointment. Keep a positive attitude and definitely keep on interviewing. After each interview, evaluate what you did well and what you would like to improve on for the next time. The more you interview, the better your odds of hearing, “You’re hired!”

Review the Interviewing section on slisweb Career Development for tips, strategies and practice questions.

Do you have an interviewing question? Post it here or email me at jill.klees@sjsu.edu.


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