So you didn’t get the job you wanted after interviewing? In this situation, many job seekers are bummed out and quickly move on….and some even get angry or defensive. Don’t do this! Our advice to candidates going through this situation is to take a step back and get a change in perspective.
Not getting a position you want is an opportunity to learn and grow from the experience. Recruiters may not be able to tell you exactly why you weren’t chosen, but they can relay feedback from those on the other side. From here, you have 2 choices:
- Be hostile about the feedback and say “screw them!” … OR …
- Listen and do some reflection If you want to grow from this experience, you have to reflect and assess the situation.
Ask for specifics why you weren’t chosen. What did you do well – and what could you do better next time? Was the employer seeking a certain skill set that you don’t have? Maybe you just weren’t the exact fit for the position and the perfect candidate was chosen that did meet those specs. This awareness can only benefit you and you can apply this knowledge to future job opportunities.