If you don't get the job

It can be a bit rough when you miss out on a job you were really keen on – here’s some handy info to help you prepare for that next job application.

Review your job application process

It can be worth trying to find out from the employer or recruitment agency why you missed out, particularly if you have reached the interview stage.

Don’t be afraid to ask for constructive feedback it could really help you with your next application.

Not getting interviews?

This may be because the jobs have many applicants, so competition is high. However, you may be able to improve your performance by making some changes in your job applications.

Things you should think about include:

  • Do you have the right skills and qualifications for the jobs you're applying for? You may need to revise your job goals, or do more training to get where you want to go.

  • Did you adjust your CV and cover letter so that they related to the job requirements listed in the job ad? Tailoring your CV and letter for each job will help you make a good impression on employers

  • Was your CV, cover letter and job application well-presented? Was the information nicely formatted, was the spelling correct, did you clearly display your skills and knowledge?

Were you confident and friendly at your interview? Rejected at the interview stage?

If you were interviewed, but didn't get the job, it may just be that you were beaten out by a candidate who had more skills or experience than you. However, you should always review the interview process, to see if there is anything you can improve on. Consider:

  • Did you have trouble answering any of the questions?

  • Had you done enough research about the employer before the interview?

  • Had you prepared questions to ask the employer during the interview?

  • Did you dress appropriately for the position, and were you well groomed?

  • Were you friendly, and were you confident when answering questions?

If you didn't do as well in some of these areas as you would like, list down the things that you would like to improve for next time. Review these before your next interview, and make sure you have taken steps to help yourself.

For example, if you:

  • had trouble answering some interview questions prepare answers any questions you found difficult, and think of examples to back up your response.

  • were nervous, and not confident about speaking have a friend or family member do a mock interview with you. Practising will make the interview situation seem more familiar, and help you feel more confident on the day.

This blog has been supported with advice from careers.govt.nz – visit Careers NZ for more careers advice and information