3 Job Interview Tips: Asking for Feedback

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After every interview you go to, you would always have a million questions in your mind. Did I do well? Was the interviewer impressed? Did I answer the questions correctly? Is there anything I could have phrased better? Getting rejected creates a similar series of questions. What did I do wrong? Which question did I have a hard time answering? Was there something wrong with what I said? Only one thing could give you piece of mind after getting rejected: feedback. Here are a few job interview tips that could help you get feedback after being rejected:

  • Never catch the interviewer unawares; this could only make things worse. As much as possible, try to ask for feedback through email. This way, you allow the hiring manager to answer at a time that is most convenient for him or her.
  • You may have gotten a negative response, but this should not keep you from sending your email on a positive note. Don’t go on the offensive because the interviewer will only respond on the defensive and will end up giving you a vague response. If you want to get helpful feedback, always ask politely and express how helpful their feedback would be for your improvement. You can say something like “Thank you for taking the time out and considering me for the post. I hope that I would still be considered in case anything opens up that you think would be a better position for me. To help me improve as a professional, is there any advice that you can give me to do better in the future?”
  • No matter what happens, avoid being reactive once the feedback is given. It is understandable that you would feel defensive and say, “I never said that!” or “That’s not what I meant!” However, negating the interviewer would only seal the deal and would mark you forever as having an attitude problem. This could only take away any opportunity for you to work with their organization in the 3 Job Interview Tips: Asking for Feedbackfuture. Just thank the person and express how helpful their feedback is. You can say something like, “Thank you for the helpful feedback, I have taken note of the points you have given and will be thinking of ways to improve on them.”

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With these job interview tips, you do not only show that you truly are a professional, but you also show that you are somebody that they could definitely hire in the future.

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