George Costanza and Life After Your Job-Search

One of the most difficult things about the recruiting business is when a good candidate interviews and the client company says that they were ‘not a fit’ or ‘not what we were looking for’ without going into detail. That makes it hard for the candidate to know how to improve on the next interview and very difficult for the recruiter to judge where they fell short.

I recently heard of a situation where the company gave the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine in regards to why they were not moving forward with someone and it reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite shows –

One thing that I have always found interesting is that when someone goes through the process of looking for a job and fails to get calls returned, emails responded to, and feedback on interviews they promise themselves (and everyone they know) that they are ‘forever changed’. They vow that they will always give people the courtesy of a return call or email and (if they are a hiring manager) never pull a George Costanza when giving feedback after an interview.

However, after they start a new job they quickly forget how frustrating life as a job-seeker really is and a quick Starbucks break is more important than giving two minutes of their time to really invest in someone else. My challenge for you is that after you land your next gig (and the good news is you will), don’t ever forget how frustrating it was to be on the other side of the desk.

Until next time, good hunting and good luck!


14 responses to “George Costanza and Life After Your Job-Search

    • Great post and a great reminder. I can relate to this situation. When a new person is taken on board, it is easy to not want to be bothered with it, and not want to take the time to invest in someone else. But we all have been the new guy/gal and it is important to remember this.

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  2. Matt,

    Thank you for the reminder. Taking time to coach, counsel or mentor others is an honor and privilege. Just think about it someone is in need of your advice.

  3. Great post. These little things mean a lot to someone desperately searching for a job and waiting for the phone to ring.

  4. Yes, so true! I find that it is so rare to receive honest feedback even when solicited.

    I was delighted to received personalized email from 2 hiring managers yesterday to just confirm with me that they received my resume and they shared the timeline of their recruiting process. There are not many people who gives that same courtesy.

  5. I so agree, another saying basically tied into this thought its easier to find a job when you have one then to find one when you dont have one . . Being doing contract work and looking to get back into an actual employee of an organization, and keep getting well we will keep your resume’ on file . . ‘Yea right I know that means I wont ever be hearing from you bc I have never heard from company who has ever said that’

    • Quinn,

      Boy do you sound bitter. Instead of being bitter, make a list of every company that said they will keep your resume on file and call them once/month.

      I hope you find a permanent job soon. In the meantime, if try to make a good impression on the people that you’re working for now and if you are a praying person, start thanking God for this opportunity and ask him to give you favor with your employer like Nehemiah had with the King and Joseph had with the Pharoah.


      Gainfully Unemployed and Patiently waiting for my next career–in God’s timing.

  6. I think it’s also important to note that when you do land a great gig, share the wealth…spread the love. I LOVE my company and knowing how many unfortunately long-term unemployed folks are out there, I make a point to share the open positions we have with my entire Linked In network because you never know who knows someone (or is someone) who is looking for an opportunity. It’s not about the referral bonus, it’s about helping others find fulfillment.

  7. John Wallencheck

    Thank you for your post. What you say is so true.

    The ironic thing is most of the people who are doing the interviewing, more often than not, wish they’d come across “someone who is at least decent!” However, when these same people are asked for feedback, they say nothing. Meanwhile, if they actually took a couple of minutes to actually give some feedback, a lot of times they actually might clarify a miscommunication between the parties where the candidate may be able to further articulate how they could be a good fit for that company.

    At the very least, if more interviewers did this, the more people would understand where they come up short during the interview process and apply some tweeks to their techniques so they could obtain jobs more quickly. Thus, this would reduce the amount of “bad job candidates.”

  8. John Wallencheck

    The funny thing is more than likely, the reason why interviewers don’t provide feedback, even after they’ve been asked; is because they don’t want to hurt the feelings of the candidate. This is odd since, most likely, they’ll never talk to each other the rest of their lives!

    People are so strange. As a group, we’re more worried about hurting the feelings of someone who we’ll never seen again while we think nothing of routinely hurting the feelings of our loved ones.

  9. I agree with JayBee. It is so true, but I forget it often. Thank you for the reminder.

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