You didn't get the job, what's next?

Helen Gallagher 22.05.2012

The most important question to ask at this point is why? Being unsuccessful in an interview is in fact a fantastic opportunity to develop and improve your interview skills and you should not let the chance pass you by.  So if your recruitment consultant offers you feedback, take it. If they don’t offer you feedback, make sure you ask for it!

Remember that your recruitment consultant is an expert and has your best interests at heart.  You should take their feedback seriously but not personally.   If there is something you don’t agree with, ask for more details.  Remember that it is a skill in itself to be able to take feedback or criticism well.  Take as much advice and expertise as you can, be open, and acknowledge where you have fallen down.
As Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Feedback is pointless if you don’t learn from it.  
Make certain that you use it to change and improve your preparation for your next interview.  It may be a tiny detail that will put you ahead of, or behind, another candidate.
Next time make sure you are ahead!
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Global Head of HR