Sunday, January 15, 2006

"Thanks, but no thanks."

In yesterday's mail, I received a letter from the place I'd interviewed where I thought I'd done really well. A letter in the mail is never a really good sign. It read as follows:

"Thank you for interviewing with us for the position of Communications Health Coordinator for ___ County. We appreciated the opportunity to meet with you and learn about your career goals.

"While we had a number of applicants for the County Relations position, your skills and abilities were impressive and made you one of our finalists. As well, you presented yourself very well in the interview. We have, however, offered the position to another candidate who has more direct experience relative to this position. . ."

I'm going to try tomorrow to get in touch with the main lady who was conducting my interview to see how close I came to getting the job, and to see what I could have done better or what kind of experience I was lacking, or whatever. I think she'd be honest enough to tell me. I also want to ask her if she would recommend me to whomever may have an opening that I might be qualified for. Who knows? She might.

I was really hoping for this one. I guess it just wasn't meant to be, otherwise God would have allowed it to happen.

I'm not giving up until I find the position I'm meant for. I know God will lead me there. It's just a matter of being patient enough and of listening to Him. And also praying continually for it.


ghp said...

Just a cautionary word for when you contact the hiring manager -- don't be offended if she can't/won't give you any feedback on how you did and/or what you could do to improve.

Having recently been through the process of hiring someone (and working with HR to make sure we did things properly), I was told that I *shouldn't* talk to any candidates after we had finished the process, so as to not run the risk of causing offense and potentially putting the university at risk of litigation.

Pretty much the standard now seems to be that no feedback is to be given to candidates by anyone other than HR. I know it seems odd, and even unfriendly, but I guess it's just the way things have become. I must admit that I was relieved when they told me that, if only because we have had some folks really kind of hound us for feedback, to the point of making us worry.

So, I guess I'm not saying don't do it -- just be careful how you do it, and be low-key in whatever approach you take. And don't be surprised/disappointed if they don't respond.

May God abundantly bless your ongoing search!


Mrs. T. Swede said...

Thank you for your wisdom in this matter. I will take your advice under serious consideration.