As a graduate you have more than likely applied for hundreds of jobs and not received any feedback from your applications. If you did make the interview stage but didn't get invited back, there is more than likely a good reason and you can use this information to better your next interview.
If you weren't shortlisted for an interview
If you weren’t shortlisted for an interview there are various reasons why you may not have made it through to the interview stage of the job selection process.
• There may have had errors in your application or you have not have laid it out correctly. This can then look as though you haven’t paid attention and shown a lack of pride in your work.
• You may not have shown in your resume or applications that you fulfilled all of the requirements set out in the job description and have therefore not focused on your key strengths.
• You may be under-qualified for the position straight out of university and therefore need to do more work experience in a similar role.
If you weren't invited back for a second interview or you didn't get the position
If you are not invited back for the second interview there could be a number of reasons why you were not offered the position or a second interview.
• You may not have the experience required for the position.
• You may have shown a lack of interest in the position and seemed more interested in the salary and conditions of the position than the job itself.
• You may have not come across professionally in the interview and this may have impacted their decision.
Asking for feedback
It is extremely important that you call the office and ask them to provide feedback in order for you to excel at your upcoming interviews.
• Call as close to after the interview as you can because the interviewer will have your meeting fresh in their mind as well as the details of your application.
• Ask them what section of the criteria did you not meet and if so why?
• Were there any issues with your application and resume? For example was it set out correctly? Were there any grammar or punctuation errors?
• Find out if you did well during the interview process. For example did you come across as competent and show an interest in the position and in the company? Could you have done better or done something different in order to obtain the position and if so, what was it?
• It is important to understand that even if you didn’t get a position, there could have been somebody who was better qualified, had more experience or molded to the company culture than you did and in general was a better candidate for the position.
• If you really want to ensure that you are successful at your future interviews, learn about various interviewing techniques as well as preparation for interviews to ensure your next interviewing process is a positive one.
Dealing with rejection
If for whatever reason you are unsuccessful in your interviews, it is most important to not be too disheartened and to not feel as though you have failed.
• There are plenty of other positions, and eventually you will get one it’s just a matter of being patient and continuing to work hard.
• It is important to remain positive and utilize the feedback that you have received from your interviews in order to perform better at future interviews.
• Focus on the areas that need improvement and take the opportunity to learn so that you can be more confident and successful in your future endeavors.