So the other day I wrote a tweet about something that was really bugging me, the response that I had to the tweet was amazing and made me realise how i’m not alone in feeling how I was.
Anyway after this tweet I decided that I wanted to write this blog post as I have a lot to say about this particular topic.
Being rejected from a job can feel super shitty but do you know what feels 100 times worse? Not hearing anything back at all.
Feeling like you’re not even worth a rejection or a reply. I’ve been applying for jobs and going to interviews quite frequently over past year or so. Not one job that I went for contacted me to reject me after my interview (something I didn’t realise until now) even though every one of them said they’d contact me either way to let me know and give me feedback. I find it extremely unprofessional and disheartening. It’s a knock to the confidence when it happens so often as well.
Just to be clear this post isn’t me feeling sorry for myself or feeling salty that I didn’t get a job. My issue is with the fact that after putting so much effort in that I still have to chase up the interviewer for a rejection.
Most recently when it happened I felt so down and like I wanted to give up and not bother. I absolutely hate this feeling as it’s crushing. I feel like there are so many stages for job applications nowadays which I do understand but when you have to go to 2 interviews and complete an online test surely it should be a legal requirement for the company to get back to you.
In some cases my emails have been ignored so I never even get a response, I just have to take the hint. I find it awful how companies say ‘we’ll let you know either way but Friday’ and just never contact you. The whole day then you’re just sat waiting there nervously for a phone call you’ll never get. What is the point of lying about it? It makes me feel foolish that I even expected them to call me and that’s so wrong on so many levels.
Is it just me that find this incredibly unprofessional and dehumanising?? It makes me feel like my time isn’t valued. I may not be right for the position or what you were looking for but I deserve respect.
I understand these companies are busy and whatever but even sending out an automated rejection is better than just pretending that the interview never happened.
If I am unsuccessful in an interview I’d appreciate feedback, i’m sure that many of you feel like this too. Feedback can be super helpful and let you know where you went wrong and how to improve your interview technique. I usually always send an email requesting feedback and 8/10 I either get ignored or get a response saying there were ‘stronger candidates’… how is that feedback???? I’m so fed up of this feeling and surely I can’t be the only one.
I have worried about that interview for days, weeks. I spent time researching the company and thinking about interview questions. I spent time on my application and online tests. I spent money on new interview clothes and had to change a shifts at work in order to be able to attend the interview. Surely it’s not ‘too much’ of me to ask for you to (at the very least) get back to me.
I just don’t get the reasoning behind it either like surely it’s easier to send out rejection emails rather than having to respond individually to each enquiry about the result? I don’t understand it.
I’d love to hear your views on this post. If you agree or disagree with what I’ve said then I’d love to hear from you. I think post ended up a little ranty but it’s something that really gets to me.
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