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    When the Interview Didn`t Lead to an Offer

    You`ve worked closely with your school`s Career Services staff to get ready for interviews. You practiced in mock interviews, learned what to wear and what not to wear, and didn`t have the jitters you expected.

    The interview seemed to go pretty well. And then you find out you didn't get the job.

    Don`t give up. The hard truth is that most interviews do not lead to a job offer.

    Christine Kelly, a career consultant, recently wrote about those so-called “failed” interviews for Inside Higher Ed, and she wants you to know that not getting the job is part of the job-hunting experience.

    Of course it hurts to not get an offer. But, as Kelly, says, you need to acknowledge your disappointment and work through your emotions. If you really had your heart set on that one job, this can take a while. If it was just an interview, you might recover pretty fast. Your support network—friends, teachers, Career Services advisers—will tell you everything will be OK and they are right. But you still need to get over it. Ask them to let you vent and keep quiet. That will help more than you may realize!

    You also need to understand that not getting the job often has nothing to do with you or your performance at the interview. If you were invited to interview, it means something in your resume really impressed someone at the company. But in the end, hiring decisions won`t always make sense to you.

    You can criticize yourself, but don`t be too harsh. Even if you have all the skills the job requires, it`s very possible that the job description changed after your interview. Sometimes, employers don`t know what they are looking for until they have spoken to a few people. They might have changed the rules after you played the game, so to speak.

    And sometimes employers go for what they see as a better personality fit. Don`t feel insulted. Not every company`s culture will be right for you and once in a while, an employer can spot that in an interview.

    As Kelly says, hiring decision are very subjective. One person may think your skills are head and shoulders above the rest, while someone else focused on a special interest the company is thinking about targeting, whether it`s heart disease, restorative dental work, or tax accounting.

    Kelly recommends keeping a positive outlook as the best strategy after not getting a job you hoped for. Anything else, she says, works against your chances to get the job you want.

    Each Florida Career Campus is staffed with experienced Career Services advisers who assist with resume preparation, teach job search strategies, host job fairs, and provide other career-enhancing strategies.

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