You did great!! But...
You did so well and the team loves you! However...
You were SO CLOSE--
I could tell from the sound of the recruiter's voice that, after a month of fretting, questioning my worth, building up my hope for a bright future for me, my fiancé, friends, and family-- everything has, once again, been pushed further out of my reach.
This one hurt pretty bad, not gonna lie. I kept hearing positive feedback! I mean, we were talking compensation and when they would get started on drafting an offer.
I really thought I had it.
Then the rug gets pulled out from under me, of course.
The most important thing I learned from this experience is:
Never, ever believe anything anyone says until the offer is in front of your face with your name on it.
Remember: you always have control over your own actions, reactions, and decisions.
And if they didn't pick you, it's their loss. Don't waste time fretting about why it wasn't you or singing the hymn of the impostor on repeat.
It's fine to ask for feedback, just as long as you act on it and show improvement.
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