From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

June 2020
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Dealing with Interview Rejections
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 4:49 am

EB has done a personal self assessment and would like
to work in metabolic chemical engineering.  There are
many new routes of taking waste product streams or
natural raw materials to produce useful therapies, fuels
and chemicals.

She has experienced several phone and onsite interviews,
based on networking and through online searches.  She
is getting rejection after rejection, or at least no call
backs within the expected time.  In fact in one interview
on the board in the small business interview room was
her initials listed with other initials and, believe it or not,
“back up” written next to it.
In another interview she met with team members where
it felt like they were looking for positions as well.  She
would receive an offer if they obtained an acceptable
full time offer.
What am I doing wrong, she asked.

1.  The rare fresh new hire circumstance is doing the same thing
that you did in your most previous role.  Expect that your
assignment will be different and you will and know how to adapt
and interrogate new circumstances and view things from a fresh

2.  The first reason a candidate is turned down is not having
the required technical skills.  This is something that you can
plan to do something about by finding out at the interview if
you could specifically ask after the interview process what
they liked and if there were any specific background weaknesses
that could have influenced a negative decision. 
So, don’t take it personal.  Show a willingness to be proactive.

3.  A second reason for not receiving an offer is style.
Style is revealed not only in words but also in nonverbal
communication.  We reviewed EB’s interview question
responses and encouraged her to develop STAR or SARI
stories.  But before this is the need to display authentic
enthusiasm for working there.

4.  Before the interview do your homework.  Often neglected
is the mental emotional preparation.  Enthusiasm, presence
and passion.

Be conscious of your mental state for the job interview.
Take a few moments to sit quietly, focus on your breathing
and avoid what you will or will not say.
Imagine that you work for the organization and immerse yourself
with the feeling of all the good things you will experience there.
Visualize it, feel it.

Then when you are at the site breath again and put yourself in the
same mental place.  Now focus on staying there.  Excitement,
enthusiasm and passion come from your heart.

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