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5 Things To Do When You Don’t Get The Job

By Amy @BubbleJobs

When you’re searching for a new job, it’s fair to say that there are going to be knock-backs and, unless you’re extremely lucky,  it’s not all going to be plain sailing. While you’re bound to get some ‘yess’, you’re also bound to get a few ‘nos’ along the way – and when the ‘nos’ come, you need to do your best to not to dwell on them and let your emotions rule you.

That said; when you’ve had an interview for your dream job and you get the call to say it’s a ‘no’, keeping your emotions in check is going to be pretty impossible – and you’re probably going to go on a bit of rollercoaster of emotions before you get to a place where you even want to think about what you need to do next. And guess what? That’s OK! It’s good to get emotional because it means you care… but after a while you have to leave those emotions behind and move on.

When you do get to a point where you’ve got your emotions in check, there are five key things you need to do in order to move past this setback.

1. Get Honest Feedback:

If you get a ‘no’, it’s important to try and find out why they decided to go with another candidate instead of yourself. Most companies should be able (and willing!) to give you some kind of feedback – so it’s up to you to ask! When the company gives you feedback, don’t be scared to push them for more detail if it’s a bit vague – remember, this feedback could affect your chances of getting another job in the future so you need to make sure you fully understand it and can learn from it.

2. Don’t Be Bitter:

Following on from the last point, if you’ve been rejected and then the company starts criticising you as a candidate when you ask for feedback, it can be really easy to get defensive and feel a bit better – after all, they didn’t give you the job – but, again, you need to keep your feelings in check. The majority of the time, the company will have gone with someone else for professional reasons – so you need to make sure you stay professional too. Why? Because there’s a chance the candidate they chose won’t out – and you could be their second choice – so you need to be careful not to ruin your future chances by throwing a tantrum now.

3. Ask For Your CV To Be Kept On File:

If you’re serious about the opportunity (which you probably are because you’ve spent the time attending an interview), there’s nothing wrong with asking for your CV to be kept on file at the company for any future opportunities. This request demonstrates to the company that you’re serious about working for them – and, again, suggests you’re not bitter about not getting the job this time around.

4. Review Your Interview Performance:

In addition to listening to the company’s feedback, it’s also a good idea to spend some time dissecting your interview performance and working out which areas you could improve on next time. OK, so you might not have got the job because another candidate had more experience – but it’s highly likely that your interview was far from perfect – so it’s important to assess any mistakes and learn from them in your next interview.

5. Stay In Touch:

When you get turned down for a job, another way to show you’re not bitter and you still want to work for the company is to stay in touch. Send a thank you note to thank the interviewer/s for their time and feedback (if you haven’t already!) – and then send them a LinkedIn request (personalised of course!) – this is a great way to indicate you want to stay in touch and means you’ll be able to keep on top of any future vacancies which might come up. If you haven’t already, it’s also a good idea to follow the company across the different social networks and from time to time respond to comments and posts – again, this can help you to keep up to date with any future vacancies and means you’ll stay on their radar – and if it’s a small company you’ve interviewed with, word will soon get out that you’re reaching out over social media and you’re keen to interact.


So there you go; five immediate things you should do when you don’t get the job. Think I’ve missed anything out? Leave me a comment below.

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