This section of the website is focused on dealing with disappointment if you're not successful in getting a job at interview.

•How to deal with disappointment if you don’t get the job

•How and why you should always ask for feedback


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We would love to be able to tell you that if you put together a good job application, a good CV and you manage to deliver a really strong interview then you will be successful in getting the job that you want – unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

The job market is very competitive and you might have seen on the news about the number of people who are unemployed and seeking work is rising. This means you need to prepare yourself for some disappointment along the way, try to make sure that you don’t get too down about it, and make sure that you use each setback as a learning opportunity for next time.


Learning from the experience

Learning is a really important part of any job search, not just this particular job, but any job you go on to apply for in the future as well.


There are a few of important things to remember about being rejected for a job application or interview;


  • It isn’t personal.

  • There are a million and one reasons as to why it might not have worked out.



You ARE allowed to ask for some feedback from the interviewer as to how you could improve your answers or develop your skills should a similar job come in up the future – it’s this point that we are going to focus on.


Once you receive the bad news that you haven’t been successful it is a good idea to email or phone the company who interviewed you and find out more.


You can structure this email or telephone conversation in the following way;

  • Thank the interviewer for their time at interview and thank them for the opportunity to attend interview – people are far more likely to remember you if you are graceful in disappointment and polite.

  • Tell them that you are disappointed, you really wanted the job so it is a bit of a blow.

  • Tell them that you won't give up on job searching, you enjoyed meeting them and you value their opinion.

  • Ask them if they could provide you with some feedback around how you could have answered the interview questions better, and if there are any gaps in your skills or experience that you would benefit from working on.

  • Most interviewers will take the time to answer your questions, you just need to;

  • Write down what they tell you and keep your notes in a safe place.

  • Spend some time looking at the ‘preparing for interview resource’ and;

  • Practice, practice, practice!!!

Building on your skills


Getting knocked back isn’t fun – but how good will you sound next time if you take the time to listen, learn and practice.


Like anything, interviewing well is a skill and skills can be learned. The more you practice the better you’ll be and there is no better practice than real-life interviews.

Try to remember that with each set-back you are building your skills, increasing your opportunities to practice and getting closer and closer to the job that you want.