Written by Sophie Down | September 29, 2014
Getting turned down for a job can be disheartening, and sometimes frustrating. There are however steps you can take to make the most out of not getting that offer, to turn it around and get yourself ready for the next application. The following five tips encapsulate these important steps, to ensure you are making the right move.
1. Don’t Worry
Firstly, don’t panic it’s not the end of the world. Turn the negatives in to positives, and remember that there will always be future opportunities. Not every interview is going to go perfectly nor every application, but it is these errors that are beneficial by helping you to learn what you can do next time.
2. Be Thankful
Thank the interviewers for their time; leaving on good terms could benefit you later down the line so ensure you don’t burn bridges and take your disappointment out on the employer. If you’ve had an interview, send an email or a letter to the hiring manager thanking them for the opportunity. You never know, they could be hiring again sometime soon.
3. Look Beyond the Essentials
It’s not always just the essential job requirements that are being reviewed; you may have everything they are looking for in the essentials but this won’t always mean you are the winning candidate. Consider your transferrable skills, how did you come across in the interview? What were your personable traits like? Consider whether you would be someone they want to work with and your fit within the company culture.
4. Take Time to Reflect
Reflect on your interview; think about what went well and what didn’t. Ask for feedback, this can be important and they may reveal something you weren’t aware of about your application. Essentially, ask yourself why you didn’t get the job, and be honest with your reasons. Did you prepare? Did you research the company? Did you tailor your CV and covering letter?
5. Prepare for Next Time
Review and update your CV, make sure it is up to scratch and move on to your next job search. You can use what you know from your reflection and feedback to make the most of the next interview or application.
To conclude, remember that when an interview or an application doesn’t go well, there is always something you can take from this. About to make an application but unsure about your CV? Try our free CV critique here.