So, you were all set for the promotion. You were sure you had it in the bag. Everyone you spoke with agreed that it was yours to lose. You applied, your resume was strong, you interviewed, you wrote follow-up notes and it all seemed perfectly in order. Them, you get that dreaded message, “thank you for applying… although your qualifications are stellar… we decided to go in a different direction…” or something to that effect. First there is shock, then anger and, then there was denial. You thought, once they realize how great I am, they would call right away and make the offer. But the call never comes.