"We hired someone whose skills more closely match the position."
January 13, 2013 8:21 PM Subscribe
I've had multiple interviews recently after which I received a letter or e-mail to the effect of "You did very well in the interview process, but we hired someone whose skills more closely align with this position." This is very frustrating, because I feel that I am capable of doing these jobs, and it's kept me from applying for future jobs because I'm second-guessing myself.
posted by LSK to Work & Money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an undergraduate degree in economics with minors in psychology and sociology, as well as significant amounts of lab experience in survey-based market-type research. I've been applying to jobs in research marketing and other marketing-based fields, because jobs in economics require a master's degree (which I don't want to get until I have financial stability.)
What frustrates me about this situation is that it confirms that I'm doing the job application process right - I don't need a significantly better resume, I don't need a better cover letter, and I don't need interview practice. So what do I need? What am I doing wrong? Does an economics degree really disqualify me being able to perform real-world statistical analysis and research?
Two questions that are more direct:
- What should my next steps be to try to get a job in anything? I need a job in the next two months to be able to pay off student loans.
- What follow-up e-mails can I send when I get a letter like this?