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So you didn't get the job. Now what?

noA local columnist wrote me to ask for my input about following up after the job interview. He wants to know how to provide some feedback on how to follow up after they don’t get the job.  What can they learn from it?  Is it okay to reach out and question the hiring manager/ recruiter.  He believes recruiters would be more likely to give you feedback because they want you to hone your skills for the next try.

This is an area I do tend to like discussing with folks, so let's see if I can be of assistance. First off, it is always okay to reach out and question the hiring manager/recruiter. In fact, I think it's a must. This not only helps you from the feedback perspective, it can help you for future potential interviews.

It is not uncommon for the interview process to take several phases. Just getting the interview is a good start because it means your resume has gathered interest. The first interview may be in person or over the phone, and it may be conducted by a gatekeeper and not necessarily the hiring manager. With increased competition for fewer positions, these gatekeepers are trying to thin out the applicant list. The gatekeeper will have a set of questions by which they will identify prospects for the next phase, typically an in-person interview.

I recommend that people take notes during their interviews. This allows you to gather specific details that you can review, and it demonstrates your interest in the job. After the interview, you can review your notes and identify areas that you feel you may have fallen short in, work areas that you demonstrated strength in.

Obtaining feedback from an interview is obviously desirable but not always obtainable. But getting that feedback can be crucial to helping you obtain information that will position, you better for future opportunities. If the problem is not a mismatch in qualifications, but rather a deficiency in your interviewing skills, getting this feedback will help prepare you for future interviews.

If you don't make it past the first phone interview, this will indicate a mismatch between the information on your resume in the expectation of the recruiters/hiring manager. The phone interview is an opportunity for you to really shine because you do not have the disadvantage is presented by quirks in your appearance or mannerisms necessarily displaying themselves. Make note of the questions that are asked in this interview, and ensure that your answers are well-prepared.

If you make it to the in-person interview and do not get the job, you may not be the most qualified or, you may has sabotaged yourself during the interview. You have to make sure that your appearance, mannerisms, and personal presentation skills. Do not detract from your qualifications. Qualifications are an important part of the process for the job, but the interpersonal relating component is the major reason why people do or do not win the job.

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