As the saying goes: “There are a lot of things in life you can't control, but do your very best at what you can”. When applying for jobs it’s important to remember that there are certain things you can't control. You have to be prepared for all the ups and downs and not let the ‘downs’ beat you.
Sometimes you may think that you’re the perfect candidate for your dream job: you’ve got the right experience, the right set of skills, right attitude and passion. You get an interview. You meet with the hiring manager. You answer all the questions right. You joke, you connect. You leave the interview all excited and then… the answer is a ‘no’. You might feel angry, upset, undervalued and want to scream. It’s OK. You need some time to recover and that’s absolutely fine. Don’t be hard on yourself. What’s important now is to get back on your feet and move forward…
1. Get feedback
Mistakes happen and you have to accept them. Instead of getting frustrated, ask for feedback. It could be a great chance for you to learn what you’re doing right and what you need to work on.
Sometimes it may not have even been your fault. Maybe you didn't have quite the right experience, or the company’s culture was simply not the right fit for you. This doesn’t mean that you’re a bad candidate! The company might have had specific needs and found someone with the particular skills they were looking for. You never know, the list of possible reasons is as wide as the ocean.
2. Leave the door open
The key is to act as professionally as possible. Let them know that you’d like to be considered for future opportunities. Even if this position didn’t work out you never know what the future may bring. The secret to staying on their radar is to develop the connection.
3. Turn a negative into a positive
It can be disheartening when you don’t get the job. However, none of us can control the number of years of experience we have or if the requirements for a role change. Just make sure you use every interview experience (good and bad) as a learning opportunity, so you’ll be better prepared the next time.
4. Keep looking
As simple as it sounds, it’s just a matter of finding the right role in the right company. When you do, the process should be simple and hopefully seamless. Use feedback from your previous interviews as to which types of roles and companies are right for you, and focus your energy where you’re mostly likely to have success.
5. Partner with the right recruiter
If you’re not already doing so, find a recruiter who specialises in your area and partner with them; they will know their market and be able to introduce relevant opportunities you may not have access to yourself. They will also provide inside knowledge into the company culture, the personalities of hiring managers and exactly what experience they are looking for, helping you to prepare for success.
Each of the recruiters here at Allexo Search is dedicated to matching the right candidates within the FMCG sector to the right jobs.