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Was ‘Short’ on Phone With HR, How Do I Recover?


Dear Experts,

I just found out I didn’t get my dream job.

I had 3 interviews (1 with HR, 1 with department heads, 1 written test) and they even grilled all of my references. I received a phone call with the news and was very short on the phone since I was in utter shock.

What do I do now? Should I e-mail my contact in HR, should I e-mail the dept heads? I still want to be considered for any other positions at the company. Who should I follow up with and what should I say?

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Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#295 Send a quick note the the dept heads. Thank them for the opportunity. Then read http://bit.ly/326zRQ Re: dream jobs. (@gradversity)

Q#295 Try not to get stuck in “dream job” mode. Leads to disappointment. Rejection f/u: http://bit.ly/15uyal (@heatherhuhman)

Q#295 YES, email an upbeat, crisp follow-up thanking THEM for their investing in interviewing process w/YOU. (1 of 2) (@ValueIntoWords)

Q#295 Articulate sincere intrst in potential other opportunities to work for them, as they arise. Follow-up in 6 months. (2 of 2) (@ValueIntoWords)

Q#295 1: Sorry! 2: say TY, disappointd b/c wantd 2 wk 4 co, know they got gr8 person, hope keep u in mind. (@juliaerickson)

Q#295 Thank you notes are a good idea for all, regardless. If you connected with one: http://bit.ly/3EjhpZ (@marysevinsky)

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