Am I just not cut out for the corporate world?
May 8, 2012 1:35 PM Subscribe
Any advice for what I should do when the inevitable happens, and I am informed I did not get this promotion? How can I prevent losing faith in everything job related if this is how things work around here?
posted by Quincy to Work & Money (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I applied for an internal promotion at my currently job several months ago. The first week of April I was informed that I would be interviewing for the position, as well as 11 other applicants. I was informed that the results of this interview would determine the 3-5 candidates that would move on to the next portion of the process, the dreaded panel interview. Three weeks later I was informed that I was selected to move on, and scheduled for a panel interview 2 days later, as well as given a case study to prepare a presentation on. The case study required me to use a system that, not only do I not work with regularly, but that I do not even have access to. By using all of my contacts from my current position, I obtained the necessary information and prepared a thorough presentation, including a time line of events and recommendations for training based on the information. I even came up with a little word play to help the training stick on that particular issue, and prepared a job aid, hand out, and timeline to accompany the presentation. I even placed everything in a packet to hand out to all of the managers in the panel interview. All of the comments that I received were positive for my presentation and the interview portion, and I left feeling confident that I had shown them I was capable, organized, and the kind of leader that we need. I was told they were making their decision that week, and I should hear something then. This Thursday will make it two weeks, and I am dying to hear any kind of news. One of my coworkers is friendly with another girl up for the position and asked her if she had heard anything, to which the girl responded that she had not, but was sure that the job was hers. This girl is notorious for brown nosing, specifically with the head of the panel. When I have presented this information to other coworkers they have regretfully informed me that there is most likely no way that I will get the position. That this girl has likely been promised this position already by the head of the panel, who apparently has a history of overriding the decisions of the others. I haven't heard anything yet, but I am preparing for the worst, and all of this waiting is making it even more infuriating. If this girl had the position all along, why not tell us immediately? Why even bother with putting us through the stress of the panel interview in the first place? How can I deal with this and not completely lose faith in everything in the office? I've always had a very strong work ethic with everything I have done, but I can already feel that this is going to crush me, and cause me to feel like there is no reason for me to work as hard as I do, if others are rewarded for brown nosing rather than their work. I'm always friendly and helpful to everyone, but I'm not going to make an effort to get up from my desk and go chat with someone if I don't have a reason to. Is all hope for me lost in the corporate world? Also, should I even attempt to get an update on the decision?