Why didn't I get the job?

Interview advice

It's the moment every jobseeker dreads - a rejection email or phone call from a potential employer. Once you've digested the bad news, you find yourself conducting the post-interview analysis, figuring out what went wrong (if anything) or whether it was just not the role or company for you. If you're still at a loss, it could be one of these reasons:

Not engaging enough

Sometimes it may be down to the fact you and the interviewee just didn't connect. Maybe you over-rehearsed your answers and didn't allow natural conversation to flow, or perhaps there's a personality clash. Remember a job interview is an opportunity for both you and the employer to sell yourselves and if the conversation doesn't seem engaging then it's probably not a good sign. Think positively - if you don't feel comfortable at interview stage, is this company really the right fit for you?

Asking the wrong questions

Employers always like an inquisitive candidate who is keen to get to grips what the role involves. However it's crucial you make sure you're asking all the right questions. For example, it's probably not the best idea in a first interview to start asking the employer about how many days holiday you will get, if you can work flexibly or if there are any other benefits they are offering.

Giving long winded answers

When it comes to answering interview questions it's important you give as much detail as you can whilst keeping it concise. Try not to go off on a tangent or ramble about something that is irrelevant. Know when to stop yourself. To help you do this look out for verbal or psychical cues the employers may give you to see if they're engaged.

Getting feedback

Firstly ask yourself what went wrong? Did you give it your all? If you're still unsure, consider asking your consultant for feedback. Explain you're disappointed but would still be interested in working with them in future. It's important you stress that you are looking for honest feedback and make sure you come across as appreciative even if you don't agree with what they are saying. Ask them how they think you can improve.

Although you may not have landed the job this time, it's important to remember that not all is lost. Treat the experience as a learning process and use it as an opportunity to develop yourself. Take note of where you may have fallen down and use this feedback when preparing for future interviews. This is only a setback; don't let it wipe out your confidence. The key to finding the job that right for you is being persistent and resilient.

Your Brook Street consultant will always take the time to gain feedback from your interviewer and let you know the reasons why you haven't been successful before working to find a role that's better suited to you. To find out more about how we can help, contact your local branch today.