Three women sitting at table having a conversationYou just interviewed for a job that you think would be a perfect fit. You sent in a great resume with experience that matched the qualifications for the position. The interviewers gave you great feedback and you sent them thank you notes. So why didn't you get the job? This blog shares tips that can help.

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The Job That Got Away

Apr 21, 2021

Three women sitting at table having a conversationHave you ever had this experience? You interviewed for a job that you think would be a perfect fit. You sent in a great resume with experience that matched the qualifications for the position. Your cover letter was on point and helped get you through the door. You had a couple of interviews for the position — one with the recruiter and one with a hiring manager. They gave you positive feedback and you sent them thank you notes. But you didn't get the job and you're wondering why.

There could be several reasons why you didn't land this job. One way to find out is to ask the hiring manager. Reach out and thank them again for the interview and letting you know that they filled the position. Then, ask them if they are willing to schedule a phone call to discuss any feedback or provide insight that could help you improve in future interviews.

Remember to keep your tone positive and grateful. They don't have to take the time to respond to you, so thank them for reading your email and send another thank you if they respond. This could also help them remember you for other positions at their organization.

Don't try to change their mind or be defensive. This is an opportunity for feedback. The organization made its decision, so this information is purely for your benefit to use in future interviews.

Stay Positive

Remember, all interviews are practice for the interview that will actually land you a job! If you get feedback, apply it to your next interview. If there is no feedback, that's okay too — you still got to practice your interview skills. Someone slightly more qualified may have applied for the position or the company may decide to hire someone who already worked there for the position. Whatever the reason, use this practice to your advantage and keep searching for the right job.

Working with Ticket to Work

Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/SSI). The Ticket Program is free and voluntary. If you're eligible, it connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job and be successful at work.

Many service providers offer help with job interview preparation, including mock interviews that can help you prepare for interviews with potential employers. They may also be able to help you get feedback on your interview or help you think about how you can improve the next time.

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To learn more about the Ticket Program, visit choosework.ssa.gov or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket Program Find Help tool.

Learn more

To learn more about the Ticket Program, visit choosework.ssa.gov or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket Program Find Help tool.

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