Few things in life are more frustrating than going through all the work of applying and interviewing for a position that you really want and feel you are very qualified for…and not getting it. Fortunately, I was blessed with a position at Western pretty early in my job-hunting career, so I haven’t experienced this as much as most. But, I feel your pain.
If this is happened to you, or if you think it might happen to you, Timothy
Larson Larsen from Wheaton College offers some insight into why you didn’t get that teaching job, by addressing the four most common questions people ask when they didn’t get that teaching position they so badly wanted. I can’t imagine actually asking the first question (out loud), but the others are ones I’ve heard more than once.
- Given how eminently well qualified I am for this position, how can you possibly justify eliminating me so early in the process?
- I know I was eliminated over a month ago, so why have you not had the decency to tell me so?
- How in the world can you expect someone applying for an entry-level position to already have a handful of research articles in major peer-reviewed journals and a book contract with a leading university press?
- What did I do wrong?
His answers are well worth reading if you an insider’s look at how the hiring process works at a major Christian college.