interview rejection feedback – Career Hunts Blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Mon, 26 Dec 2022 06:06:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 TOP 4 REASONS YOU DIDN’T GET THE JOB AND HOW TO FIX THEM Mon, 26 Dec 2022 06:06:35 +0000 TOP 4 REASONS YOU DIDN’T GET THE JOB AND HOW TO FIX THEM

You aced the interview (or so you thought!) and knew without a doubt that you’d be offered the position. however, you didn’t even try!? So, what the heck happened??

Getting down on oneself, getting angry, or taking something personally is simple.

nevertheless, DO NOT! There could have been a number of factors involved, some of which you had no control over.

The pressure on hiring managers and recruiters/HR pros to find the best possible candidate in a short amount of time is great. This pressure comes from the need to find someone who is THE best fit for the position, who will have the greatest impact on the company, and who will be the most loyal employee.

And this FIT can be one of several “dimensions”. Specifically, it is usually one of these FOUR:

1) Experience with the Company Prior to This:

The successful applicant may have been a current client of the company or an internal candidate from another department or division who is familiar with the company’s norms, objectives, and procedures. There is a HUGE payoff for the business with almost no downside. An alternative explanation is that the successful applicant had previously interviewed with the company and made such a good impression that they were ultimately selected for the position in question.

Action Item: Don’t forget about the companies you’ve previously interviewed with or worked for. Maintain communication, keep the friendship alive, and occasionally express your continued enthusiasm. This is extremely useful.

2) A Mutual Contact or Referral:

It’s possible that the successful applicant was referred to the employer by someone who knew the hiring manager or recruiter (always a huge advantage for any applicant). It’s also possible that they were referred to Human Resources by a friend or acquaintance at the company (equally as helpful).

Action Item: Who do you know who can put you in touch with the hiring manager/recruiter, either directly or on your behalf? A recommendation from a current or former employee/contact of the company is an extremely valuable and trustworthy asset.

3) Most Effective and Economically Beneficial:

The successful applicant stood out from the beginning to the end of the hiring process with a strong “personal brand” that demonstrated the VALUE and IMPACT of their potential employment. In other words, their professional persona and message both online and offline made it abundantly clear that THEY were the one who could solve the problem in the quickest, most efficient, and most effective way possible.

Action Item: Think about talking to people you know or connecting with on LinkedIn who have held similar positions at the company in question, both in the past and the present, to find out what skills they possessed and how they showcased those skills in their online and offline profiles. You can learn a lot about a company by reading current and former employees’ reviews and recommendations on sites like and

4) Compatible with Your Culture Best:

The successful applicant was the one who was thought to fit in best with the company’s current team both socially and professionally.

Action Item: Do these 3 things to get into the company’s “head” before your next interview:

1) Learn to communicate effectively by reading reviews and comments left by current and former employees on sites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Vault to gain insight into the company’s culture, expectations, and jargon.

2) Construct “instant rapport” by researching your interviewers on LinkedIn in advance, learning about their experience, connections, and interests so that you can connect with them on a more personal and engaging level during the interview itself.

3) Look up employee trends on LinkedIn and Google (for example, many companies value former military personnel or competitive athletes, who are indicative of certain mindsets/mental abilities that translate well into the workplace), and if you DO possess any of these, be sure to highlight them during the conversation!

Get out there and SMASH that interview!

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Dismissed After the Interview? Find Out How To Cope With Negative Feedback Mon, 19 Dec 2022 09:09:01 +0000 Dismissed After the Interview? Find Out How To Cope With Negative Feedback

You had spent several days preparing for the interview, practicing, and conducting numerous mock interviews in front of a mirror. You walked out of the interview full of optimism because everything had gone so nicely. A few of days later, though, you get an email from the company, which you start reading with high hopes but are quickly destroyed by the realisation that it is a rejection letter.

You’d be surprised by how prevalent this situation actually is. One could say that rejection is a necessary evil of the human condition. You may use that rejection to your advantage and land a far better position somewhere else. Keep reading to learn the steps!

But first, we need to make sure you understand a few things about interview rejection.

1. It’s nothing personal

When someone is turned down, the first thing that goes through his mind is, “I have failed.” It’s normal to feel down about this for a while, but giving in to this false belief will only lead to more downtime and missed opportunities. Therefore, understanding the reasons why it is impersonal is crucial.

Internal referral is a common business practise in which employees recommend one another for open positions within the company before those positions are advertised externally. Referrals from current employees are also highly valued by hiring establishments. In a similar vein, companies may decide to promote from within and therefore not hire those who were interviewed for the position.

2. Being qualified is not the only factor.

After being repeatedly rejected, the emotional toll can be so great that some graduates start to doubt the value of their degrees. They say things like “I should never have chosen this line” as they sink deeper and deeper into hopelessness. However, a number of factors come into play when deciding whether or not to hire you. Sometimes, even if you have all the right credentials for the job, the hiring manager will still choose someone with more experience. Still, that doesn’t diminish your qualifications for the position at all.

3. Financial constraints

Some companies may priorities the budget over the hiring process and cancel a position after conducting interviews for it. Some employers may hire an employee with less experience and skill set if they demand a lower salary.

4. No, this is not the end.

However, if you have your heart set on working for a specific company, you should know that many of them allow you to reapply after a certain amount of time has passed, and that every company has more than one open position. Most importantly, though, it’s not true that a single rejection spells doom for the rest of your life. The hiring manager is human and understands that everyone deserves a second chance.

You should realise that the company’s priorities superseded your qualifications in determining whether or not to offer you the position.

What is it that you have to take away from being rejected?

Now that you know you are not alone in your rejection, we can move on to the most crucial part: learning to move on.

1. Recognize where you fall short

Asking for feedback or an explanation as to why you were rejected should be your first step after receiving a rejection letter. Human resources departments at some companies may actually send you the information you requested, even if their company generally doesn’t provide satisfactory responses. A rejection letter could be hiding an offer of employment for you.

Your weaknesses will be highlighted, and you’ll gain insight into the characteristics an employer values most in a candidate for that position thanks to this type of critique. You should evaluate how you answered the interview questions and where you might have gone wrong even if you are not given specific feedback.

Think about how well you did in the interview and how your body language and demeanour came across. You’ll be able to see more clearly what areas need work.

2. Reform and develop

You can always learn more and get better at what you do. Only by applying one’s abilities in a meaningful way can they be honed further. If you are having trouble finding paid work, consider an internship or a volunteer position. The freelance platforms Fiverr and Up work are great places to find temporary work. A person’s soft skills can also be developed in a variety of ways. You can take courses in soft skills online or enroll in a classroom setting.

3. Adjust your application materials.

Resumes are the first point of contact between you and a potential employer. No one would take the writing of such a crucial document lightly. There are certain features a resume must have:

  • No one wants to read an essay-like CV that lists all of your accomplishments, no matter how impressive they may seem. Don’t waste space or time writing a novella-length resume.
  • When applying for a job in banking, it would be inappropriate to mention that you won a prize in an essay writing contest. The resume needs to show that you are qualified for the position you are applying for.
  • To stand out from the crowd, you should emphasis your accomplishments and skills, such as internships, certifications, and training.

4. Develop your emotional intelligence.

When Israeli psychologist Reuven Bar-On proved to the world the importance of emotional intelligence over IQ, hiring practices shifted dramatically.

The current hiring process places heavy emphasis on emotional intelligence. Human resources professionals conduct in-depth evaluations of your mental and emotional fitness for the position through the use of psychometric testing and case studies.

Improving your EQ can be accomplished through introspective activities aimed at uncovering your individual motivations and aspirations.

5. Fluctuation in the Stream

Every time a door shuts, another one appears. Don’t second-guess yourself if a chance presents itself in a nontraditional avenue. Try it out and see what happens. If you’re unable to move away from your current career path, your options may be severely limited.

Multidisciplinary resumes are gaining traction in today’s job market. Your career possibilities will improve if you get exposure to a variety of fields. Maybe you’ll find more success in the parallel universe.

6. Hold on to a few different options.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket by committing all your hopes and dreams to a single employer or position; instead, keep a variety of options open.

To maximise your chances of landing your dream job, it’s a good idea to use a job search portal to keep track of openings at various companies. Knowing that a single rejection is meaningless in front of the infinite number of other opportunities out there is also a great morale booster.

7. Create an impact.

Despite its seeming insignificance, it plays a significant role in the hiring process. It’s common knowledge that the first 7 seconds of a first meeting are crucial in forming an impression. How can one ensure that their initial impression is a good one? Simple! Focus on every detail of your interview attire and body language.

8. Maintain hope at all costs

You must make a pact with yourself to keep going. Never give up on your goals. Ever. Try a brand-new MOOC, sign up for a free webinar, work on some side gigs, and/or look for an internship. If that fails, though, try doing a project for a business and pitching it to them. Depending on how impressed they are with your professionalism and competence, they may offer you a job.

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