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Part 4: The Aftermath

When an interview is finished it is probably one of the strangest feelings as you never know how well you really did. I found that when I went on lots of interviews the ones I thought I did really well in went the complete opposite way to the ones I didn’t do so well in.

I tend to find that you pretty much know straight away whether you are going to like the company, environment and person by just instantly meeting the interviewer/staff. One thing I found difficult after an interview is what to do next. You have lots of different emotions and questions going through your mind like: Did they like me? Was I presentable enough? Why didn’t I say this? Was I too over confident?

My biggest advice would be to take some deep breaths and focus on your next step. My motto was always to wait a few days and if I didn’t hear back from the company/agency or whoever I was dealing with I would get in touch and ask for feedback or news. Luckily enough after interviews I normally heard either the next day, but this wasn’t always the case.

Importantly, if you ever get rejected from an interview never be disheartened - I know it can be easier said than done but I have been in this position before so I know how it feels. What I find one of the most frustrating things after attending an interview is being rejected because you don’t have enough experience. People often get annoyed because of this as they question why, if an employer has seen their CV, they wanted to see you in the first place. It still confuses me today as to why employers would want to waste a candidate’s time if they know they haven’t got the right skills or experience for the job. It is extremely unfair….I KNOW, but unfortunately this is how the job world tends to work.There is a lot of competition out there so you need to do things that stand out and make you different from all the others.

Funnily enough I saw a Lad Bible post meme which really made me laugh because it is so true to go to a job interview and then to find out that you need 20 years worth of experience. A lot of young people argue and question how they are meant to gain 20 years worth of experience when they are young.But don’t worry as this frustration should motivate you to go on to bigger and better things and to keep going until you find something that suits you. I personally think you should see everything as an experience even if it is a rejection. I also think you should be really careful with where you apply to as you don’t want to waste your time – in other words be realistic, a theme which runs throughout all these posts.

Going back to the point of rejection, if this does happen focus on your next move. Re-consider a few optionsand think about how you can do things better next time.Youcould even create a list of points that are related to where and why you might have gone wrong. Were your expectations to high? Did you say something that put the employer off? If you know for a fact that you did everything perfectly well, then honestly don’t worry as being rejected is sometimes a good thing. It might have saved you from a job you might not have liked in the end, it may force you to have a rethink or even spur you on for your next try in the job game!

Keeping motivation and confidence when getting rejected from job interviews can be really difficult, but if you keep working at it and meet lots of people you will eventually find something that is right for you - sometimes the only thing in your way is a bit of time. KEEP GOING!

Recruitment agents or going alone?

On a side note, one of the biggest challenges I faced when looking for a job and dealing with rejection was re-assessing whether it would be better/have been better for me to work with a recruitment agent to find a job that is suitable for me or to try and do things by myself.

Whichever one you choose it is important to be yourself and remain polite, but to also have a firm side to you – this is true when replying to emails from employers, for example when it comes to arranging an interview time and if you are working with a recruitment agent you may find them pushing you to go on interviews that are completely irrelevant to you as they see you as a strong candidate. On the whole though I prefer to directly email companies or even use contacts in an industry you are interested in working in as this will naturally give you a better chance of getting a job – but in the end it is really up to you as everyone is different.

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