Job candidate rejected two weeks before scheduled interview

A TikToker job seeker learned her initial interview opportunity was a mistake and joined the ranks of workers struggling to find employment.

Taylor (@tay.k3102) dances a little in the video after learning that she’s secured a spot for an interview on April 17 at 10am. But her two thumbs up quickly turned into a look of disappointment when the job tells her on April 6 she won’t advance to the interview round.

“Kick in the gut,” reads Taylor’s caption.

@tay.k3102 Just a kick in the stomach ❤️‍🩹 #fyp #foryoupage ♬ Original sound – 😻

However, some wondered which email was the real mistake. Viewers tried to give hope in the comments.

“I work in recruitment and sometimes these emails are sent accidentally. I would assume the interview is accurate, but check with them,” advised one user.

“Be sure to respond to the first email,” agreed another viewer. “I received an email 50 minutes before an interview saying it was cancelled, it was a system error and I still had it!”

But Taylor clarified in the comments that the job in question wasn’t in her desired career path. So she didn’t fight for the interview. The Daily Dot contacted Taylor via TikTok comment.

Yet her experience still resonated with others who shared similar circumstances in the past.

“I got an email yesterday saying they forgot to tell me I don’t have the job,” said one commenter. “I should start on Monday. Hopefully things will get better soon.”

Taylor’s situation is a new addition to the mass of stories about workers trying and failing to see fruitful interviews. As layoffs roll in across the US and recession fears mount following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the job market could continue to be an unpredictable and difficult to navigate environment.


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*Initial publication: April 10, 2023 at 6:40 p.m. CDT

Brooke Park

Brooke Park is a correspondent for the Daily Dot and a senior journalist at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, The Dallas Morning News and The Texas Tribune.

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