Published: January 8, 2016 | Updated: February 6, 2018
We’ve all been there. We go on an interview, you think it went well, but then you find you didn’t get the job. First of all, hang in there. Sometimes the best jobs find you when you least expect it. However, this doesn’t mean stop trying. If you have repeatedly been passed over it’s time to reflect on what you are doing. Here are a few easy tips that can make a huge difference.
Don’t be rude! A lot of people don’t realize that their interview usually starts before I actually shake their hand. Did you cut someone off in the parking lot? Were you rude to the receptionist? Did you choose not to hold the elevator for the woman running with a million things in her hands? In an office we have eyes everywhere, and as soon as you leave everyone is going to tell me what you did. Nothing goes unnoticed. From the moment you leave your house until the moment you return you should be in interview mode.
Don’t trash talk! One of my biggest pet peeves is when I ask a question about your previous company, manager or your coworkers and all you do is complain about them. Your response to questions like this says way more about you than your colleagues. We have all had bad bosses before, but telling me “he was a jerk, all he did was yell” isn’t they correct response. Instead try and find a way to explain that they were difficult but how you were able to overcome that obstacle. I am not interviewing your ex-boss, I want to know about you, and how you handle things. Make sure you are telling me.
Know what you want! Many times I meet with people who are just telling me what I want to hear. It’s obvious. I often meet with people who are at a point in their career where they don’t know what the next step should be. They are ready for a change but they don’t know what that change should be. Do some soul searching, make pro con lists, and ask friends and family. If you aren’t happy with your current position, leaving for an identical job most likely won’t make you any happier. You are the only one who can determine what you want. Expecting the recruiter to figure that out for you most likely won’t end well.
Sometimes the recruiter really does like you, and they want to hire you, but for one reason or another they didn’t. So ask for feedback, specifically once you’ve been informed that you did not get the position. While no one really likes to hear that they didn’t do well, try to be receptive and open minded when you receive your feedback – never argue. Ask questions; was it my skills, my interview, my personality? If they don’t really have many negatives for you, ask to be considered for future positions. Pay attention to their website. , When new positions open up send a quick email or make a phone call to remind the recruiter that you are interested. Every interview you go on is a chance to improve, appreciate the opportunity and try again.
By Caitlin Mandeville | People Science Talent Advisor 1