When you don’t get the job…

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The email below in quotes is real. I have not changed anything except the name of the company. My response (in my head) follows.
Dear Chris,

Thank you for your recent application for the position of CO Training & Communications Specialist L2-560966 at XY Company. After careful consideration, we have decided to pursue other candidates more closely aligned to the requirements of this position.

We encourage you to visit our Career website regularly to learn more about new opportunities as they become available. 

Thank you for your interest in XY Company and we wish you all the best in your career.

Best regards,
Talent Acquisition Team

XY Corporation
Dear XY Company,
I received your automated response this morning informing me that I was no longer a candidate for your open position. I appreciate the automated response and can understand why you wouldn’t want to contact me directly in case I became hysterically upset and began calling you names or making threats. Not only would that be unprofessional, but it’s pretty stupid too.

I do, however, want to express my sincere appreciation for the time you spent with me. Your office is almost an hour from my house and though the commute would have been hell, I was willing to do it for such a good company. In fact, it’s almost comical because I wasn’t sure I was going to be on time for my interview after following the directions your HR person made for me. Luckily, I had my GPS and it got me there on time.

But both times I met with the three of you (once on the phone for more than an hour and the other time in person for an hour) were great experiences and I fear that perhaps my having to wait an additional 20 minutes in your waiting area took away critical time from my own interview that I could have used constructively.  That probably isn’t the case though as I’m sure that despite each of you having your laptops in front of you during my interview, which you checked constantly and I suspect even were sending text messages back and forth about me during the interview, I’m positive you were giving me your undivided attention and a fair shake at the job rather than just making sure you interviewed a White Male to satisfy EOE requirements.

I will admit though, that upon having received your notification this morning, I was a bit perplexed. I thought the interview went very well and in truth, I’m over-qualified for the position, which is one reason I had hoped to be able to speak with a live person rather than getting an email from an address that I can’t respond to. I would have liked any constructive criticism you had so that, if in fact the reason you didn’t hire me was because my salary requirements were too high, I wouldn’t get down on myself for not getting a job that I was clearly qualified for. But, please thank Sally for responding to my request for feedback. I completely understand her point when she said:

I have not been given any feedback on the interview and most likely will not. The managers are not obligated to provide feedback to all candidates. They interview so many candidates and do not always have to band with to do so.

Despite her spelling of “bandwidth,” I understand her point that the hiring manager(s) are not “obligated” to help a person with his or her next interview and so I’ll just assume that I did a bang up job with your team and move on to the next one.

Thank you again for the opportunity. I wish I’d had more time to say a proper “goodbye,” but I understand that you/we were running late and you needed to stand by the door and make that “let’s go” motion with your arms as I said my goodbye’s to the VP and Director of the team. 

Best of luck filling the position and please keep me in mind for any future opportunities.



5 thoughts on “When you don’t get the job…

    Romi said:
    May 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    wow…laptops in front of them…eek! As if interviews aren’t already the worst thing ever, well at least they made you feel nice and important while you were there, lol 😉 I’m sure you’ll find a role that works for you and includes decent human beings…onward!

      dobeman said:
      May 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      Well, it WAS a pretty lobby. That’s all I’ll say about that.

    Eric said:
    May 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I think you dodged a bullet!

      dobeman said:
      May 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      Yeah, the more I think on it, the better I feel about not getting the job.

    Allison said:
    June 5, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Hmmmm….not sure which is worse– the laptop or the “let’s go” hurrying arm motion. Yep, common decency is an appropriate tag.

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