I got a big fat no after my interview. The job market is mad intense. I mean, there are so many QUALIFIED people looking for a job. Have you had a phone interview, or interview in person and NOT gotten the job? It happens and it happened to me. I had a phone interview, and I thought I did okay. I could sense that the interviewers did not like me, we just didn’t have the connection. Not to mention, it’s ESPECIALLY challenging to pass a phone interview because they can’t see you. It’s a hard sell. It was a hard sell, for me. At first, I felt like I failed myself.
Prior this point, I have NEVER interviewed and NOT gotten the job. Furthermore, the position to which I was applying for I knew, in my heart, I could do. I even thought to myself I am OVER qualified. I had been in the industry for YEARS and I had done the job, and so much more. But after thought, I thought to myself. I CAN’T be the only person that’s gotten a NO after an interview. I also thought to myself that I needed to rethink the interview and determine what I could do better. Lastly, that DOOR wasn’t my door. If the door doesn’t open at the time you try the knob, then it isn’t your DOOR. No matter how much I THOUGHT it was my dream job, something else MUCH better came into place.
I was also able to interview for several other jobs and choose my fate. This, was my DOOR. It also enlightened me on the process. I was responsible for hiring personnel at my previous jobs. I’ll admit I didn’t always give feedback, or make an offer as quickly as I should have done. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to give feedback but it was because my plate was so full, I’d look up at the clock and the day would be GONE. I’d sit and question what did I actually do with my day? Having to be the person waiting on the answer, and to NEED the job, I now know I will respond quickly. It’s a new found respect I have for being the person that has the ability to give someone else the job. And I promise myself after that experience I will do better in this regard.
It’s funny, I really did TRY. And, I didn’t get it. I am not used to that. I like to overachieve and I always feel like I have something to prove. Something to be. Something to be better at. Somewhere I have to go, to continue to grow. I value my career. Like, sincerely value it. Work has defined me in the past because I give EVERYTHING. I don’t like doing anything half ass. Even if that comes at the expense of my personal time. But, you know on the phone interview they couldn’t see that. I know I prepped for
the phone interview exactly as I should have, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. Yep, I didn’t get the job and I wouldn’t have changed my preparation.
I researched the company. By research, I looked up general information. How long where they in business? Who operates the company? What do they do? What is their company motto? Do they offer incentives for their employee’s? I researched Google reviews from present and former employees. Did the whole nine. I composed a Microsoft document of
the questions I knew they were going to ask me. I wrote down my responses so I wouldn’t get off track during the interview. I gathered all my previous clients I had worked with it the past. There locations, superiors, and time frame I worked with that party. I prepared my questions that I wanted to ask when it was my turn in the interview. I felt prepared.
During the phone interview, the ONLY change I would have made is SHARE less of the personal reason why I left my former job. The whole saying “ sometimes, less is more…” Well, it’s true. Long story short, I left my former company because the company was very new. The owner was in the industry fewer years than I and had an assistant with even less experience. She was very combative, and aggressive, and hated me. The company was poorly run, and no one was accountable for their work. So, I did what was best for me, and I left ( first time, I did that!). I didn’t share it in these words, but I was honest about my story. They did ask, “why aren’t you working now?” I felt it be appropriate, to be honest. Hindsight I could have told less. Lesson learned.
During the interview, I let them speak first. I answered to the best of my ability. When given the floor I asked them personal questions about their experience. I asked questions about the strengths they thought they had in their team, and the negatives I could potentially be walking into. I made sure to identify my interest, and how I thought it would be an honor to work for the company. Even on the phone though, you can gauge when you have chemistry with someone. And, I knew we just didn’t have it.
I’ve even had it happen to me. I’ve really thought a candidate was qualified, but the person might have been too much, and I ended up going with a candidate more docile/level headed whom I thought could work more easily alongside me. I work best with very BLUNT and HONEST people, but fair people. I’m not a yeller. I want to talk it through, and leave it in the past. I like energy but not excessive energy. For my position, I need calm. It’s a daily arduous job of problem-solving. That’s intense enough.
After the interview, I followed up with an email thanking them for the experience and composed two additional questions since they had specially mentioned they provided the email to answer further questions. And, they still didn’t like me. I DID it by the BOOK. You know what, it’s OKAY. It really is, OKAY. I’m not a failure. I recently saw a blog post from a recruiter. In 13 years of her expertise, she was able to place 350 people. 650 people, she had to provide the doom and gloom phone call or email of “ I’m sorry you are not the best candidate at this time. But, we will keep your resume on file should you be a better fit for another position.” Do you see those odds? The market is STIFF. Not just in my own, everywhere.
My friends that left the previous job I worked at, in different fields, have had just as difficult of a time, if not worse. But! The bright side is I GOT the phone interview. I DID do something RIGHT. My RESUME was getting hits. That also means someone liked my cover letter. I got a RESPONSE timely and was asked to interview. Many people don’t even make it to this point. Did you know for all the work you put into a resume, the average recruiter only spends 6 WHOLE SECONDS on your resume? Did you know that a study showed that 17% of recruiters DON’T even read the cover letter? The more famed the company, the harder to get into.
Take Google. They easily get more than 1 million applicants a year. Its known that there hiring ratio is 4/10. That’s 1 PERCENT! You might have a better chance of winning the lotto. I’m not saying deprive yourself and not go for the well-known companies, the fortune 500 companies. I’m just trying to show that competition is high. It’s also quite hard to not be able to get true feedback. It’s not like when you get the call, the HR manager tells you what you did wrong. You’re not speaking with the interviewer anymore, and you can’t ask them either. Also, remember that everyone has different opinions. What doesn’t work for ONE, will WORK for another. And like I said, my friend, the one that WORKS, that’s the door you were supposed to be in all ALONG.
Don’t get discouraged! Keep pushing. Since the market is SO intense, someone else is going to step in and go that EXTRA mile. Don’t let someone else steal your confidence, worth, value or shine. If you’re truly confident in your capabilities it is the company’s loss, not your own. I say this because you should believe that no matter what you were and ARE the best candidate for the position. As you continue to interview, find ways to shine. You didn’t get it. No, it’s not the end. It really isn’t. Just improve and get more creative. Don’t let your nerves overtake you in the interview. Go out there and get what you know should be yours. Accept the challenge and rise to the plate. You’ve got this!
TIPS FOR A PHONE INTERVIEW
- If you know who will be interviewing, you look them up on the company website or Linkedin. Find something, or someway, you can relate to them. It will make you memorable.
- If you do not know, ask HR or the Recruiter they will know.
- Identify the company’s standard, who owns the company, how long they have been in operation, business partners, company motto, and the quality of work they like to have.
- Review previous reviews from business partners, former employee’s, and present employees. Research EVERYTHING that you can.
- Bring a cheat sheet to the meeting that way you don’t forget all the key points you have reviewed. Sometimes NERVES, makes you forget. At least, it does to me.
- Make a document of the questions you think they may ask along with your questions.
- Prepare your questions on what you did to ask for the interview. Make yourself stand out. Ask what the company excels at? What do they feel the company can approve upon? It shows that you have the interest to go the distance.
- Gather any certifications and licenses you may have. Take pictures of them. If needed you can send these to the interviewer.
- Listen intently to the interviewer. Hear what they want, what they expect, and their plan is.
- Take notes. Even advise that you are taking notes. Since they can’t physically see you.
- Respond confidently, and thoroughly.
- Don’t speak too fast and articulate.
5. ASK AFTER
- Once given the floor ask your questions. May sure to interview THEM. Your job is also to find yourself the appropriate fit. Ask about their management styles? What are their objectives for the year? Do they see growth within the department? From your responses ask them what makes them think that you could be a fit in the position? This will help you gauge how they feel about you, and help identify what more they would like to see.
- Lastly, ask how long do they anticipate that they will know the appropriate candidate to fill the position. Hopefully, having a basic guideline of timeframe you should expect to hear a response will make you less antsy.
- Thank them for their time.
- Identify 3 things that you feel are the reason why you are the best fit for the company. Be informative but creative. You want to make a lasting impression.
7. FOLLOW UP
- Send a follow-up email. Thank them for the interview, and address any further questions you might have.
8. DON’T OVER THINK
- The hiring process is often lengthy. There are several candidates, and sometimes candidates need second and third interviews. It takes time.
9. MORE FOLLOW UP
- If you haven’t heard a response in two weeks, send another email. Address who you are, when you interviewed ( date), and a reminder of the position. If you haven’t heard back in three weeks send one more reminder. If AFTER 3 no responses, MOVE on. Something better is on its way.
Don’t GIVE UP, Keep on keeping on. When one door closes another opens. It TRUE! Don’t let one mishap determine your future. Some of the most successful people were repeatedly TOLD NO, prior to becoming the greatest of all time. This link should give you feel good vibes and “the want” to persevere.