All that effort of applying for the job, re-writing your CV, buying a new suit for the interview and practicing the route so you arrive on time. Then they don’t even have the manners to let you know why you didn’t get the job, the cheek of it!
Recruitment is all about discrimination; some is legal, some isn’t. It’s so annoying when you are given a glib “the other candidate was stronger”, “we had a last minute internal candidate apply”. So, why aren’t you always given constructive or honest feedback after an interview?
There is a lot of time and effort that goes into placing the advert, doing the job specification, trawling through endless CVs, conducting all those interviews and sitting for hours arguing over who was right and who wasn’t. Shame companies don’t have time to tell all the candidates they didn’t get the job…
The main reason for this is that employers are wary of saying the wrong thing. Although, they would like to be honest, they worry about litigation or about being sued. Plus, most people are nice and don’t like rejecting you. They feel bad, so they want to get the whole thing over and done with as quickly as possible. There is also the question of time, less forgivable in this world of automated messaging, but still a large reason why feedback isn’t given.
Of course, there’s always the chance they made the wrong decision. You were the right person for the job. Don’t give up! If you feel you were the right person, make contact a few weeks later to see if the other person started. How are they doing? To be frank, the company won’t tell you the other candidate was pants, but if that person left after a few days or weeks, you’re just about to solve a massive problem for them. No re-writing the CV, no re-interviewing people. The answer is right in front of them – YOU!
If it’s still a no, how much energy should you put into chasing that elusive answer? We say not much, use that energy in your next application instead. Research the company. What do they do and who are they looking for? Do your homework and give yourself the best possible chance.
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