A rejection hurts and there’s no getting around that. But you cannot ignore some truths about the situation. First is that you did a lot of things right to get the interview. So your application process is strong. Your CV is good and your cover letter made the initial sale. Now you may not have gotten the job for a number of reasons but take a moment to review your performance in the interview using this simple, free tool. Don’t miss this chance to learn so that the next time you will ACE it and land the job!
The CAR Strategy can help you organise your thinking about behavioural questions before you even hear them! Practice using this strategy with a friend. 1) Give your friend a list of questions. 2) You friend asks you the questions. 3) You use the CAR Strategy to organise your answers. It may also help to write them down on a piece of paper. The infographic below illustrates the CAR Strategy and you may download the illustration and share it if you like!
You need to understand what the interviewer is thinking. Think about the job you are applying for and what they would want in an employee. If it is a sales position, they want someone outgoing and friendly, someone who is convincing and has a positive attitude. Use this worksheet to help you understand what the employer concerns are likely to be and then you’ll be ready to give your best interview!