If you’ve been interviewing and getting no offers…Ouch.

That’s hard, and you’re probably wondering, “What’s going on? Is it me?”

It could be something that has nothing to do with you. Or it could be you. What would you do with the information if you found out?

That last question is important. If you can:

  • Listen carefully to what is shared; and
  • Use your discernment and self-awareness to determine which bits of information feel true and which bits you can work to address; then
  • Embrace the meaningful feedback and use it to make changes to your style or adjust your preparation and/or the jobs you are targeting
Then ask. Here’s how to do that (can be sent to the recruiter and/or hiring manager):

Hi Rachel,

Thank you so much for the chance to interview for the _____ job at _______. It was a good experience and I enjoyed meeting everyone. I’m glad that you found a candidate who is a great fit for your needs.

I was hoping that you might be able to help me out as I move forward in my job search. Personal and professional development is important to me, and I really value feedback as a mechanism for improvement.

In that spirit, can you share any insights on areas where I can improve my preparation for a role like this, or any feedback on my interviewing style that I should be working on? 

I’d hate to think there is something I’m unaware of that is holding me back, and I’d be so grateful if you could take a moment to share anything meaningful with me.

Not everyone will respond, but some will – and you may get some useful insights.

On the other hand, if you are the sort of person who will struggle not to argue with their perceptions, or who will resist responding to the feedback, then there is no value in asking for it. Not everyone is up for it, and that’s okay too.

Cheers to your career!

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