Why not me?

Job searching can be both demanding and discouraging. Creating an impressive cover letter and resume, researching on the company, preparing for the interview and more often then not, handling rejections.

Does the line "We will call you" sound familiar? After a few rounds of interviews, you may receive little, if not no, feedback from the companies for why you weren't chosen. Most times, the rejection comes through via email or snail mail, or in the form of a cold unfeeling call from an unrelated party, usually the clueless receptionist.

But not giving up so easily, you work on your interview skills, delve deeper into research and prepare even harder for the interview. You make sure you have good interview skills, did more than adequate research and you fully prepare for the big day. You leave no reasons why it should still go wrong. Yet after even more rounds of interviews, some even to the final interview, you find yourself back at square one.

So, what went wrong?

Before you start feeling sorry for yourself and thinking that you are unworthy of employment, here are actually three real and valid reasons for why you weren't chosen and it is really not your fault.

1. One obvious reason: Recession, or in bad times. When the economy takes a hit, positions not yet confirmed will most likely be axed first or put on hold indefinitely.

2. Most companies usually open up positions internally before advertising on papers or engaging employment agencies. Perhaps the company found and transferred an internal candidate instead of employing a fresh face.

3. Sometimes companies are unsure of what they want or need. They cast the line out just to see what there is out there. And unless someone offers them a skill they really need, they are not really keen on employing.

Nonetheless, the interviewing process can be likened to a matchmaking session where employers and potential employees find out more about each other - especially aspects where you cannot tell from the resumes or company website such as personality and culture - and hoping there might be a good fit. Hence, even if you may not be the chosen one in the end, why it did not work out might actually be good for you. Other times, it might be a blessing in disguise. Say, the company was on the verge of folding up? So instead of moping over something beyond your control, assess the failed interview process objectively, learn from it, and improve.


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