Feeling frustrated with your job search, not making the second interview round, so close but not close enough. So you didn’t get the job. You might prefer to never speak to the company again but there are some good reasons to ask for feedback. Graduate recruiters often tell students to follow up for feedback.
So pick yourself up, move on, put your energy into learning from the experience. To find out if you’re doing something wrong in your CV, during interviews or somewhere else along the way, listen to feedback and implement suggestions into your job search to be closer to a job offer.
“You should also ask yourself some questions, namely whether you had everything the employer was looking for. If you didn’t, then work out what you need to do to plug those gaps and apply again or look for a stepping-stone role.
Secondly, are you sure you really wanted the job? Employers will always prefer candidates who are genuinely motivated over those who are ambivalent.
Finally, are you doing yourself justice? You may be the best candidate for the job but unless you can convey this to an employer, you will never get the chance to prove it”
Read more on how to handle rejection: http://yahoo.careerbuilder.co.uk/Article/YAH-46-Job-Search-How-to-handle-rejection/
Candidates don’t always receive feedback from job interviews or at times the feedback provided is generally ambiguous, rather than something constructive that one can use to improve the chances at the next interview. Eg. We picked another candidate.
How to ask for feedback:
“Avoid any question that sounds like a challenge, such as, “why wasn’t I selected?” The questions “what did I do wrong?” and “what were my weaknesses at interview?” still sound too assertive. Instead ask – verbally if you can – for some tips about how you could improve your interview technique next time. Ask for just one or two pointers which will enable you to improve your performance. Listen carefully, take notes and then reflect on what you have heard.
If you feel that you have not been given a constructive feedback you have two choices. One is to hope that the next interview is a better learning experience, the second is to ask better questions when seeking feedback. You can sometimes ask for feedback a second time if you feel the responses were unsatisfactory, but if you do, switch to a question about what you could do better next time. That said, usually if an interviewer is reluctant to give feedback, it doesn’t work to ask more questions.”
Read more: http://careers.theguardian.com/candidates-constructive-feedback-questions-answers
Don’t forget Vic Careers can help to provide guidance and arrange a mock interview: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/st_services/careers/Students/career_advice.aspx