Thank You for Rejecting Me

By Renzo Guevara
Job interviews are a good way for the employer to get to know a potential employee or, the other way around. It’s a date and both have to make sure that either one is having a good time.

I was once in a job interview where I was asked why my generation is “easily burnt out”, why do we all expect promotion, and why is it that we think staying in the office till (at least) 3 am is unconventional? He then proceeds to ask me if I am diagnosed with depression and if I’m seeing a therapist.

All because I just briefly mentioned that I care about employee welfare.

All I could feel was pity towards the junior HR that was in the call with us who was clearly showing discomfort with every question his boss threw at me.
Job interviews have always been intimidating. Will they like me? Am I going to look dumb? Do they even think I’m qualified or did they just accidentally sent me the interview letter?

They’re scary.

The interviews last about 30 mins more or less and you only really have about 7 seconds to impress. Say something they don’t like, you probably lose your chance. Not only that, you’re not even aware of how many people are gunning for the same spot you are trying to get. It all just stacks up.
On average, a corporate job attracts hundreds of applications, 4-6 will be interviewed, and only 1 will be selected for the position.

Recruiters are ruthless.

Part of me wants to say that I don’t blame them. Companies have deadlines to reach, a board to impress, and employees to pay. It’s all high stakes in there.

But once you start noticing red flags, maybe run.

Take notes from dating. A job IS a relationship and if that ain’t healthy, you’re either being manipulated or you’re just too dumb to notice.
A job interview is a perfect way to recognize how a company treats its people. This is your one opportunity to see beyond the flashy websites and sugarcoated job postings. You’re not just there to beg for a job, you’re there to see if they deserve to have someone like you as well.

Love yo self.

Ask questions about the company. What are the benefits? What’s the work culture like? What’s the goal for the year? Do you have a coffee machine in the office and is someone going to judge me if I come back to it for the 5th time in a row?
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter regarding the WB Studios decision, Director Christopher Nolan (who’s also an advocate of the movie theater experience) said that: “Some of our industry’s biggest film-makers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service.”

You don’t just book a second date in advance.

You make sure if it’s worth coming back to for seconds after the first one. It doesn’t hurt to be properly curious and it may even help you stand out from your other competitions.
If all the honor student says is “yes” and “no” while the average one engages the interviewer with questions and an interesting conversation, which one do you think the recruiter will most likely perceive as someone who thinks outside the box and provides valuable input?

Know your worth.

It’s all a game really. Job recruiters play it well at times and they’re trying to see if you can keep up.
They probably won’t admit it but job recruiters want to hire you. They don’t want to be stuck just combing through resumes all day long trying to search for the right one. They need you as much as you need them.

Make sure you’re heard.