I know that feeling. It’s in the pit of your stomach. It makes you sick. It’s the feeling that you get when you just know you were meant for the job. You’ve been on multiple interviews. Seen and met everyone with whom you’d be working with, including the president of the company. You tell your friends that you should hear something “any day now”. You even start planning what you need to get done at “your old job” before you leave. Then, you get that call or email informing you that another candidate has been chosen. Ugh! You’re crushed. Devastated. You knew that job was yours, and now you sit in disbelief wondering if it was something that you said or didn’t do just right that cost you everything.
I knew this feeling quite well. And, I can assure you that you are not alone. But, you must not take what you have experienced for granted. You need to remember that champions aren’t made in a day, but through the course of a series of events. Use the interactions that you had as a basis for how you will interact for the next interview that is waiting for right around the corner. Remember that even to be president you have to go through several votes and appear on several ballots years before the final vote by the Electoral College.
While this event may have knocked you down, know that it is not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get up. Stay upbeat, be positive, and be ready for that really spectacular job offer that is to come.