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What if you are unsuccessful? feedback!

If you are unsuccessful there’s a few key things to remember:

  • Take the positives- if you got an interview in the first place there’s a very good chance the recruiter thought you could do the job
  • The job market is very competitive and there are sometimes hundreds of applicants for each job
  • Getting an interview is an achievement itself so don’t become despondent - you are doing something right

However, you’ve got an opportunity now to learn from your experience- always ask for feedback from the recruiter.

Ask some questions:

  • What did I do well?
  • Where could I improve?
  • What was I missing?
  • What could I do differently next time?

Some tips:

  • Listen with an open mind – feedback is a gift. Recruiters are busy people so appreciate the time taken to help you.
  • Even if you don’t agree with it, don’t become argumentative or confrontational - you won’t change the decision.
  • Leave the door open - you never know the successful person may not work out or give backword, and if you are seen as a good applicant, they may approach you instead of re-advertising the position. This happens more often than you might think!
  • Use your experience to increase your chances next time – there will always be a next time!