Monday, 10 March 2014

Not A Good Fit For The Job

Not A Good Fit For The Job


“You’re not a good fit for the job.” If this line is going through your head, it may be because a hiring manager said it to you during a job interview as part of a rejection. Worse, you may have heard it after being hired and before getting a boot out the door just a week later. Sometimes you’ll hear this during a temporary assignment, and be dismissed in favor of another candidate. Other times, you might be saying it to yourself after accepting an assignment only to realize that perhaps you don’t belong in your new workplace. Regardless of the circumstances, there are few situations that are more frustrating.

Why is this such a frustrating statement to hear from somebody else? Probably because it’s so vague and open-ended. It can make you feel like you have done something wrong—perhaps very wrong, because nobody wants to tell you what it is. Or you might feel like you are unqualified, and should never have applied in the first place.

That’s not usually what it means, though. Very generally, it has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with the boss who said it. You can translate, “You’re not a good fit” to something like, “I don’t like you. Your personality irritates me.” Or it might even be, “While I liked you, I don’t think your personality fits with the team or the pace of work here.” Or it could be, “Our working personalities clash, even though under other circumstances, we would probably have gotten along.” Regardless, it basically means you’ve been pushed out the door for arbitrary reasons.

If you find yourself thinking “I’m not a good fit for this job,” odds are it’s for similar reasons. While the job might have appealed to you in a general way, maybe you don’t like the work environment or the people, or maybe its culture is stifling to you. Either way, the next time you search for a job, the lesson to learn here is that job skills and descriptions of duty are not everything. The culture and tone of a job are important, both to you and to a boss or hiring manager. Search for a workplace where you’ll “fit in” and where you can easily expect to develop rapport with your boss and co-workers, and you will be more likely to last in your new position. Do some research on the website to learn about the culture of a company before you apply for a job or come in for an interview.

If you were the one who was rejected from a job (rather than rejecting the job yourself) for being a “poor fit,” never lose sight of the fact that ultimately this judgment reflects upon the person who conferred it, and not upon you. You are a qualified, intelligent, hardworking individual, and you should never forget it no matter what happens. You have a lot to offer the right company, and when you find that company, they will recognize it and you’ll have found your new corporate home. So don’t get down on yourself, and good luck with your job search!

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