Have you been ever gone for an interview where you felt you did exceptionally well and you feel you were the best candidate for the job and didn’t eventually get called back? The worst part is that you’re left hanging not knowing what you did wrong so that you can improve on it next time.
I used to feel very bad wondering why Recruiters or Interviewers don’t try to give feedback on what went wrong but when I changed career to HR, I was at the other end doing the same thing. I’m not trying to make excuses for HR Professionals because it’s right to give someone feedback but when you have assessed over 50 candidates and still have an assessment the next day and a whole lot of work to do, where is the time to start doing that ? Especially when you have not gotten to the level where you can afford to buy an ERP that will do that for you to make your job easier.
The truth is this: It’s not a crime to call the recruiter (or the company) if you can get their number from their website and ask for a feedback on your interview or why you were not chosen. PERSONALLY, I find the act a brave one and IF I can remember the person’s performance, I would explain to the person why he/she wasn’t chosen and how the person can improve for the next opportunity. I’ve had someone call me to ask why others got a call to come for training and why he wasn’t called and while I was trying to explain to him why I didn’t push him forward to the client (that is after realizing there was no hope), he just hissed and dropped the call.
That kind of person isn’t even ready to learn from his mistakes and I would never forget his face, so if I ever encounter him again, I doubt if I would be impressed. The truth is that opportunities come and go, and will still come again. The fact that you were not qualified for one role doesn’t mean you may not be qualified for another one through the same recruiter. I have interviewed people that I didn’t choose because they didn’t qualify according to what the client wanted but I still have their profile in my head and I would push them for another role.
My Advice: If you were not successful with an interview and you lost an opportunity, BE BRAVE! Call the recruiter and ask for feedback, be nice and courteous and show that you have learnt something from the opportunity. Also ask the recruiter to keep you in view for another opportunity. Don’t be a Victim and remain a Victim.
Thanks for reading!