You applied, landed the interview and then the employer said that you weren’t a good fit. Well, what do you do now? This phrase is definitely one of the things that you don’t want to hear as it is often something employers include in their rejection email. "You're not a good fit" unfortunately doesn't really provide you with much of an explanation of what went wrong and why you didn’t get the job. Here are some things you can do about it!
While hearing from an employer that you are not a good fit for the role, can hurt and disappoint you, it is important to understand that the employer is not saying this to upset you. They are simply stating that for whatever reason you are just not right for the role. This could mean that your qualifications are not what they were looking for, or perhaps your personalities just didn't mesh well.
Tell them that while you understand they believe you are not the right person for the job you would like to know why. Mention that this will help you grow in the future and you would appreciate a great company like themselves taking the time to share their thoughts.
If they can provide additional insight into their reasoning then will have some clarification and can use this feedback as you head into other interviews. Keep in mind that not every person is right for every role out there, but the employer should be able to tell you more.
Before you apply for the position, make sure that you spend some time researching the company and learning more about the employer to see if they are the right fit for YOU. What is the company's mission? What type of culture do they have? What are past employees saying about their experiences there?
You can also ask questions during the interview to gain additional insight such as:
How do you measure success? This question will help you determine if your future employer is going to have unrealistic expectations. Make sure you feel confident to go after what they explain they will be expecting of you. If you aren’t then this might not be the right place for you. An employer that demands LONG workdays, for example, may not be a good fit, but if you like to work a ton it will be perfect.
What type of company events have you held in the past? This will reveal if they are all work and no play as well as how they treat their employees. A company will most likely have a holiday party at the very least, but some may not. This can be an indicator that the employees at that business weren’t truly valued.
While rejection never feels good it's important to remind yourself that you will find a job. The fact that you were able to land an interview is a great sign that employers find your qualifications desirable, and you can absolutely land more interviews! Continue to search for jobs and know that another great opportunity is just around the corner.