Post-Interview Non-Awkwardness

Wow, what a blog post title!

I really learned this after a really positive interaction I had with a professional at one school in particular.  Long story short, I applied for the job, had a phone interview, progressed to an in person interview (at the Placement Exchange) — but, I was not invited to campus & obviously didn’t get the job.  The story before the application is the key to understanding this though – I had a personal/professional relationship with someone on the hiring committee.  This person had even coached me on the phone about what the school values…etc.

So, when I got the very formal email from the school saying “We are not pursuing your candidacy at this time.”  As expected, I had a wide range of emotions — some of them were directed very specifically at my contact at the school.  I even thought to myself “why did this person encourage me to apply knowing I wouldn’t get it!”  – I was very negative.

A few days later, I got an email from the contact asking me if I wanted to talk on the phone.  I felt really really awkward!  But, I accepted.  This was a great decision on my part & some awesome-ness on their part.

We proceeded to have a nice 30 min conversation about my search.  For obvious reasons this person couldn’t say “Brian, you didn’t get the job because of X” — but, instead we were able to have a really positive & pointed conversation about my future which encouraged me.

Fast forward in my search some – whenever I had an on-campus interview or had a great email from a school– an even when I received my offer for the position I have accepted… you guessed it – I called my contact.  This ended up being a great source of encouragement for me!

Lesson learned: after the interview process & hiring game is played (and I know it is still going on for MANY people) – feel free to reach back to those professionals and say “hey, I don’t need to know why I didn’t get it, but I really thought you were awesome & would like to connect with you as a professional colleague.”  I bet you will have some great responses & make some outstanding professional connections!  Who knows, maybe you will work with them in the future!  Stranger things have happened in this small field we work in!

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2 responses to “Post-Interview Non-Awkwardness

  1. Great perspective Brian- these interviews and interactions are never a one shot deal. Congrats on your new position! T

  2. Brian – you always find these short, insightful, and great experiences in your everyday life to share and educate others with. Keep it up. – Joe

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