- Dealing with Rejection -
you don't get the job: getting feedback
by fergus mellon
Most good companies will offer to give you feedback if you are not lucky enough to get the job. My advice would be to take it. You are going to learn a lot from this, particularly in your first two or three periods of failure (unless you are that exceptionally "lucky" individual who gets the first job that they apply for).
If you feel really let down that you did not get the job, take a breath! Know that you might feel really despondent and are likely to carry that through to your feedback call. Once you know that you are going to be in an open and professional mind, take the opportunity!
Even if you feel that the feedback is unfair, listen. They may say that you did not have the analytical skills that they were looking for, take the feedback (don't argue!). Instead ask why the interviewers got the impression that your analytical skills were not up to the task. This will help you avoid running into the same problem of you not being able to demonstrate your skills for the next interview.
Another reason to be super professional in this phase is that there may be other jobs available to you. I remember when I had gone through an entire panel process for my first job out of college. Initially I was rejected for one role, but guess what? About 4 weeks later I was offered a role on the company's Graduate Training Scheme and I got it because I had performed well at panel interview, but the recruitment team had not felt that I was a fit for one function but a great fit for another one!
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