Help, I’m not getting any interviews!

job-applicationThe first thing to remember if you are not getting any interviews (yet) is to learn from this and not see a rejection as a personal failing in any way. Remember that the job market is very competitive and in reality no one gets every job that they apply for!

The worst thing that you can do is to get stuck in a negative mindset. This could involve telling yourself that there is no point in continuing to apply for jobs, there is nothing that you can do to affect the outcome and you should avoid any more potential opportunities for failure. All successful people get turned down at some point but they learn from this and focus on improving the next time. Resilience is about bouncing back from rejection and not giving up.

Rather than thinking negatively, you could instead ask yourself what you can do differently and how you can do this. Try to develop a “growth mindset”. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University has written extensively on how to do this. This approach will help you to realise that your own potential is not limited and that you have the ability to change things if you remain focussed and positive.

So, if you are not getting interviews yet, all is not lost! Ask for feedback from the employer if you can. Also, come and talk to us in the Careers Service about your job seeking and applications strategy. Keep a sense of perspective, there will be more opportunities. Build your network and relationships as many graduates find opportunities by being proactive rather than reactively applying for advertised jobs.

While a job rejection might seem like the end of the world, it’s really an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the application process. Have a look at the information on interview technique on our website

Writing good applications and performing at interviews are life skills. Like all skills they can be honed and improved through practice to increase your chances of succeeding the next time.

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