So I casually mentioned a few weeks back that I had a phone interview with a small Seattle based company… Microsoft. Have you heard of them? Well, I just heard back from HR and am proud to announce…. I GOT REJECTED!!!!! Booya! Here was the email I got from the super nice recruiter lady…
So, as you can see, I was clearly under-qualified for the position to which I applied. Fortunately, I knew that I didn’t have a shot in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks of getting past the first round of interviews. To be honest, I don’t even know why I was referred for an interview in the first place? Perhaps the recruiter that referred me for interview was high, on mushrooms (or Sharpie markers). That”s the only logical I can think of at least.
Was I shocked to be the newest member of the interview reject club? No. Was I bummed out to get rejected? A little. Will I apply for another gig at Microsoft again? ABSOLUTELY!
It’s important when you are not selected for a job/internship/college of choice, that you don’t take it personally. I knew going in to the interview I had an uphill battle to fight, since as noted in the email, I had absolutely no technical or IT experience. Who woulda thought Microsoft would want someone with computer experience? Weird, right?
So why did I apply for a position I wasn’t qualified for? The way I see it there were really only two outcomes.
1. I go through the interview, get completely dominated by it, am turned down, but still get to learn a lot about how Microsoft interviews work.
2. I, by some freak accident, get a job offer.
As you can see, both option 1 and 2 are pretty freakin’ cool. Either way I come out a winner.
I’ll be keeping you posted as I hopefully will go through many more job interviews in the coming months and years. Even if I don’t ever get another job offer, at least I’ll be one heck of an interviewer.
Have you ever been an interview reject? Have you ever taken it personally? You ever applied to the same company that previously rejected you? Am I the only person that actually enjoys job interviews?
p.s. If you work for Microsoft give me a job, thanks
**UPDATE: I should mention I know a few people that are high up in MSFT. They encouraged me to apply for this specific position, as well as other similar roles, as MSFT sometimes will hire “investment candidates” for these roles. Meaning applicants that don’t necessarily have the technical knowledge expected, but demonstrate the capacity to learn quickly. It should also be noted, these positions are not highly technical (software developer, coder, etc), but more along the lines of relationship manager to clients that use MSFT products.**