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You Didn't Get An Offer 

When you are trying to improve your career or achieve difficult goals you are going to have setbacks and failures.

💡 Pro Tip: Take a few minutes to read our article Be Resilient In Your Career 

It is no different when you are interviewing for a new job. Very few people get every job they interview for.  In fact, most of the time you will not get an offer. This is especially true if you are interviewing frequently.

So what should you do next? 

Seek To Understand

Try to speak with the recruiter and ask plainly why you were not chosen for the role? Maybe there was someone who was a better fit, you may have interviewed poorly, or the role may have closed.

Whatever the reason, you will want to know if there is anything you can improve upon so that next time you have a better chance of getting the job offer.

💡 Pro Tip:  As we have said before,  ALWAYS be on the lookout for your next role.  If you did stop applying for new roles, get back on the horse as soon as possible and start interviewing.  


Whether or not you speak to the recruiter, reflect on your experience.  Ask yourself:

  • How did the interview go?

  • Was I fully prepared?

  • Was I nervous or anxious?

  • Did anything unexpected happen in the interview?

  • What could I have done better in the interview?

Capture your notes in a centralized file and keep a running log of you interview experiences and continuously review your notes as you prepare for you next interview.  


You may even have another interview at the same company, thus providing you with handy data points for your next interview.



We all know no one is perfect.  Even if you had the best interview of your life surely there is something, even if small, that you could change to improve your chances of landing that next job. 

  • Could I have prepared better?  (See Preparing For The Interview)

  • Did I present myself in the best possible way?

  • Did I have all the skill sets they were looking for in the candidates?

  • How can I improve and adapt for my next interview?


Take these lessons that you have learned, adapt, and incorporate them into your next interview preparation cycle.

Final Thought

Remember, failure is not permanent.  Failure is a steppingstone towards your ultimate success and growth. 

If you need a little motivation read Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins.  This is an excellent source of motivation for many people.  

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