You're hired... not.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by CubaTBird, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    This sucks.. This really sucks.... All summer I have been looking for a job, I would go to job interviews (a total of 4) and after all of them I left with the handshake and the "thanks for your time" catchphrase. Then my local apple store calls and I get all psyched up, get the interview, go as far as a background check.. And then get an email saying "thank you for your time".

    Man.. this summer.... :mad: :mad: It's like you try and try, and you can't get what you want. :mad:

    Things can only get better, I hope... :( :( :mad: :(


    Uni starts on monday, maybe that'll change things up a bit..
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  3. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    Sorry to hear that, man. Not sure what that email means from Apple. When I was hired it took a month to actually start me... Sorry to ehar you didn't get it. It's a crappy job but the discounts are really nice.
  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Gotta be patient -- almost everyone who's employed was rejected from a whole host of jobs before getting the one they have.

    Don't forget, too, that employers make mistakes in the hiring process. If they didn't hire you, their mistake!
  5. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Perhaps something in your background that employers might not like?
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    You're 19 year old student (i.e. no degree yet) and live in a highly populated area like S CA... I'm not surprised.

    In the first place, there aren't many openings and for the few openings there are, there are older and (seemingly) more-qualified people who are also applying for the same job openings. Also, employers don't always like to hire students because they know they won't be getting a long-time employee.
  7. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Job interviews are a joke, They know once you walk in the door if they want to hire a person for the job but they just say the usual stuff to make it look good and get your hopes up only to say "we will get back to you" then you wait and wait and NEVER hear anything.
  8. CubaTBird thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    You got it nailed man.
  9. opik macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Cupertino, CA
    i know how it feels..i tried that last summer with a similar situation of no luck but instead, i began my own business of repairing computers..pays pretty well.
  10. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I don't doubt that that happens sometimes. But overall, I'd disagree.

    It's up to you to market yourself as a viable and desired candidate to fit their slot in their company.

    And interviews even if they don't result in you getting hired, should always serve to teach you and lend you experience so that the next time you head into one, you'll be that much more prepared.

    OP, from your thread title I thought you had been given the job outright, but then the offer was rescinded. That happened to me... I was hired at a Guess? store but the geniuses didn't bother to check my DOB and I was 16 at the time, they only wanted 18 and up. :rolleyes: They actually hired me, had me fill out all the paper work, and then realized two days later that I was too young.
  11. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Definitely doesn't happen all the time. Didn't happen to me at the hospital i just applied to and got a job at.
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    good way of looking at it... their fault... its their problem they couldn't have you
  13. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    Same thing happened to me, i started applying for jobs in may, and now i get a response from best buy. So much for a summer job :(
  14. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Opportunities come in waves. One moment, you can't find ANY work, and then the next moment, job offers are pouring through your door! :)
  15. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    It's happening to me too. It's impossible for me to get a job. :(
  16. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    Why not do what I am doing this school year. I am going to school 4 days a weeks (mon-thur) working at one hospital on friday - sunday and some other weekdays 6AM-9AM and then working at another hospital tuesday, friday-sunday nights

    Work my work schedule around my classes

    Or something of the sort there.
  17. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    There are times you just have to believe in yourself. Of course, sometimes that's impossible, and usually we're all somewhere in between.

    Looking for a job can be really trying -- it's a lot of work for a lot of negative feedback and it projects this false sense of permanency while also threatening your identity on the level of adequacy. You're forced to ask questions like "Why am I not getting a job? What's wrong with me/my resume? Am I that bad in interviews?" etc. Fact is there's probably nothing wrong with you or your resume and your interview probably went fine -- you just didn't have the small thing the employer was looking for (flexibility for hours, experience in a given area, the right alma mater, the most charisma -- whatever).

    Most employers hire fairly -- trying to read what an employer wants, and trying to feed that to them in a cover letter and interview (assuming you'll take any job) -- that's much harder.
  18. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Eh. It's just the way it is. I've probably been on a couple dozen interviews and applied for hundreds (yes hundreds) of jobs over the past few years. But I'm trying to establish myself in the freelance market in LA so the ratio of applications-to-offers is insanely high.

    The worst thing you can do is go into an interview and appear frustrated, demoralized or desperate.

  19. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    As someone who has done my share of interviews (from both sides of the table), there have been a few people I have rejected as soon as they walked in the door (lack of professional dress, bad attitude, language, smell of alcohol), but you have to do the full interview and sometimes (but not often) you are surprized by the person sitting across from you.

    And very often that "we will get back with you" is an honest summary of the situation. Canadate 1 takes a week to think about it before saying no, so you ask Canadate 2 and so on down the line. Sorry you happen to be number 5 and number 4 said "yes". It is tough on employers too. They want to get the position filled.

    And a lot of canadates "say the usual stuff to make it look good" too. Some people will say anything to get a job. Why does a certain very-short-tenured Notre Dame Football coach come to mind?
  20. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Interviews for jobs you don't get serve as good practice for bigger interviews for bigger jobs you won't get. ;)

    Nah, they're good practice, and one day, when you've done the 1 on 1 interview, the 2 on 1 interview, and the group interview where there's like 10 people going for the same job and are being interviewed simultaneously, you'll have seen it all and will do a better job at these interviews.

    Maybe it's because of your dodgy, evil past? What did you do?
  21. CubaTBird thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004

    NOTHING! I even opted to get the printed copy sent back to me, I got a clean record. I got nothing! I don't understand...:( :(
  22. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Hell, I once got a job where it took them seven months to start me. Had to get all the paperwork approved, they said. (I shoulda took that as a harbinger of things to come right there. [​IMG] )

    Cuba, in my experience they are looking half at your experience and half at your attitude. The former takes time, but the latter is something you can do something about immediately. :)

    Not suggesting you have a bad one, just that that can be the difference-maker between you and somebody else. And yeah, it's a cruddy job market anyway. You have to claw even for some of the crummy jobs. Just keep reminding yourself of what they keep telling us: the economy is recovering, and the job market is actually quite good. :rolleyes:
  23. tektonnic macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2006
    Bucks, UK
    For the second time this week I'm mentioning my real job, I'm a recruitment consultant, and what you say is perhaps true for 2% of job interviews, its difficult to remember but an interviewer is not a super magical human being who want to upset people, they want the right person for thier role, they don't go around lifting hopes for no reason. Although, sometimes they know who they want but do have to interview other people just so it looks fair to their boss - which is crap.

    I read that the first time think Steve Jobs' Interviews are a joke, ...thinking he was doing Apple store interviews, DoH!
  24. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Just try to stay positive. You'll get a job you really like, and you'll be so glad you didn't get those other jobs. Also, take it all in aren't looking for your career....just a PT job.

    When you get to college, get a job on campus. Colleges always have tons of jobs for students that are really, really flexible because, well, they know you are a student. Plus, you can do just about anything if you go to a larger campus. At my college, students could work PT with anything from landscaping to food service to parking services to pencil pushing for a department. Not the most fun jobs, but very convenient because you won't have to drive.

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