A couple years ago I worked seasonally at a retail store. It was actually a boutique store that required specialized knowledge. Also it was unionized and had lots of opportunities for advancement, for example to head office. I felt like it was a perfect fit for me. I'm not trying to make it sound fancy, but I think this information may help explain why I did the following.
Since then I've been trying to get a permanent job there. I was often told "we had just finished hiring a group". I took this to mean keep trying. I dropped off my resume every month or two. Today the main manager was there. Right away he told me "I just don't feel like you're the right fit for this store. I don't want you to have to keep coming back". I asked him if there was a reason in particular and he said no and repeated the statement. I never had an interview with him.
I really had enjoyed working there and thought things went really well. I can't say it went perfectly, I was late once and missed a shift once due to a miscommunication. But other than that I would say things went perfectly. I felt I got along well with everyone. This is why I kept trying to get a permanent position, I felt like the "culture" and "atmosphere" were the perfect fit for me. Other people who I worked with, and still work there, thought I would be a good fit too (which is another reason why I kept applying).
I'm confused what could have happened. There was no interview and when I had worked there I rarely interacted with the manager (which is the case with most people). I guess he must've heard something bad about me. I had worked at another branch, which was not a good fit. I was terminated in probation but the manager said she would give me a positive reference and fill out the forms that I'm eligible for rehire. Perhaps they communicated the information and he didn't want to take the risk. In short I found the other store too slow paced for me.
- Is there anything worth doing at this point to get the job?
- I don't see how I could've been under the impression that things had gone well and the manager having the opposite view. Especially when other coworkers/trainers said advised me to apply for a permanent position. How can I avoid this in the future?
- At what point does it become ridiculous to repeatedly apply with the same company? I wouldn't have applied for so long if I didn't think I had a good chance of getting it.
- What is meant by not a good fit? I think it usually refers to personality, or the manor in which someone does the job. Of course this may have been not the true reason.