This is part 2 of 2 discussing what your follow up steps will be if you don't get a job you apply for. In part 1 we discussed getting rejected from a job where you currently work. In part 2 I will discuss not getting a job at another company. You can find part 1 here: http://www.thedesignedman.com/my-career/what-to-do-when-you-dont-get-the-job-part-1.
1. Ask Why You Didn't Get the Job. Most likely the interviewer or recruiter will give you a call to let you know you did not get the position. In most cases they will be guarded about the reasons you did not get the job but it is still good to ask. Do not be pushy but try to find out as much as you can so you can use the information for your next interview. Be sure to be kind and courteous as you do not want to burn any bridges in for future.
2. Review Your Qualifications. Make sure you are applying for jobs you are a solid candidate for. I am all about stretching yourself but you also have to be able to gauge whether or not you are stretching yourself too far in the jobs you apply for. This is especially important if you have been rejected from several similar jobs.
3. Focus on Your Interview Skills. Having excellent communications skills is even more important when you are applying for jobs at companies you do not currently work at. Interviewers have a tough task in choosing candidates based off their first impressions at an interview. If you do not have good interview skills you are setting yourself up to be first on the chopping block. You owe it too yourself to practice interviewing with a friend. It may be awkward but it will be worth it. You could also look for a career coach to help you improve your communication skills.
4. Redouble Your Efforts. Job hunting is very hard and extremely tiring and it is easy to get discouraged. Hearing “no” over and over can be damaging to your psyche and make you want to quit looking. Try and reframe the situation by looking at the rejections as an opportunity for growth. Each time you hear “no” you have the chance to improve for the next round of interviews. If you do not currently have a job you have to view finding a job as your job. This is an 8 hour or more a day practice. Wake up, apply for jobs, work on your communication skills, interview, and repeat the next day. If you currently have a job you are going to have to put in extra time to focus on finding a new job. While it will be tiring, try and think of the reward of getting a job you love. When you look back on the long hours searching for a job you will be able to look back with pride knowing you put in the work to improve yourself and were ready when opportunity knocked.
J. Matthew King, Co-Founder