The expected result came about in the end. I stand before you, unemployed as the day I was born.

There was one moment of excitement yesterday when, at about 5:15, my phone suddenly rang. It was my preferred choice of employer calling. I was thrilled for about five seconds before I heard the tone of her voice. It was a rejection call.

I know that she was just being polite but I wish she’d done it by e-mail. That call made the day worse than it otherwise would have been.

From here, the plan is to take the next three weeks and do very little with respect to job applications, and then ramp it back up when school starts.

I think the wise move is to maintain my approach with regards to cover letters and my resume. I’m not sure what exactly I did right, but the fact remains that nearly one in every two employers I applied to called me back for an interview. That’s well above average, and so I see no reason to alter my approach on that front.

Given this week’s results, I’m going to make some tweaks to my interview approach. That’s a little easier said than done though. Of the eight interviews, there were three that I thought went particularly well, but none of those interviews led to a job or even to a second interview, and I’m not really sure why. I’ve emailed these employers asking for some feedback, but so far I’ve only had silence in return. It’s the reverse of the situation I described in the above paragraph really. With my application materials I know that I must be doing something right, but I have no clue what it is. With interviews, I know that I must be doing something wrong, but I’m equally unclear as to what it is.

Or, perhaps I’m not doing anything wrong. Perhaps it’s just a numbers game. In one of the interviews which went well, I know that 50 people were interviewed. I could very well have interviewed better than 42 other candidates, but that still wouldn’t have got me a call back because there were only four positions.

Statistically, the odds of landing any of these positions were about 1 in 10. In the above example, they were actually 1 in 12. As such, going 0 for 8 isn’t really much of a statistical anomaly. Certainly less so than going 16/37 in interview calls. So it’s possible that I’m not doing anything wrong at all, and that I’ve just been slightly unlucky.

I felt that I went in confidently, that I knew my shit, and that I came across as friendly, outgoing, and personable. But perhaps that’s not the impression I gave for one reason or another.

I don’t know. And right now I’m not going to worry about it too much.

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