Updated: Feb 13, 2020
If you are reading this blog, that means you have probably experienced this before. Maybe more than once.
You are excited that you have been scheduled for the interview with a company that you really like. This may even be your dream job!
You Have Been Declined
You go to the interview, may have felt nervous, but nevertheless hopeful. That is, until you get that dreaded call or email. You have been declined.
Here are some of the reasons cited, most of which you’ve likely heard before:
The candidate pool was very competitive.
They have moved forward with a more suitable candidate.
You are not the best fit for the department.
You are not the right fit for their company culture.
You feel discouraged….maybe even helpless and losing confidence. You muster up that courage to ask for feedback so you can improve. You either get feedback saying that you did great but they decided on another candidate, OR, you may have gotten actual feedback that your interviewer took the time to convey to you, BUT you disagree. You feel that it wasn’t true or it wasn’t fair.
So here you are….wondering what is the next step, what more can you do?
A few helpful next steps...
If you are fortunate to get feedback, take some time to review it with an open mind. See what you can improve on. There is always room for improvement!
If you did not get any feedback at all, you can always ask a trusted friend or family member to interview you and ask them for their feedback. At this point, any feedback helps.
You can also practice interviewing in front of a mirror.
While practicing, you may opt to film your interview responses. Watch for your body language, do you keep shuffling or swaying, do you establish eye contact, do you keep saying “ummm” or repeat other words or phrases unintentionally?
You can always google any area that you feel you can improve on and see what is out there.
Apply to More Jobs
“Practice makes perfect, so keep applying & interviewing”
Try applying to jobs that you find acceptable with but not crazy about. That way it takes the stress off the interview. What's the worst that can happen? You don't get the job, but it doesn't matter than much. If you don't get the job, it doesn't punch your confidence.
Instead keep your focus on the interview and just practice. Pay attention to what is being asked, how you respond and make sure you debrief afterwards. Take note of lessons learned.
The above can help, but it also depends on how much time you have and how desperate you are to land a job. If you are low in self-esteem, the above may not help and can likely lead to a downward spiral. In that case, your best bet is to seek professional coaching. If you are the type of person who works well with one-on-one coaching, check out our services at www.bournleaders.com. We are here to help. Simply send an email to email@example.com or complete the contact form to schedule a 15-min complimentary consultation. No obligation to commit, no strings attached. It’s a no-brainer!