I got the call today to say that although my answers showed detail they did not evidence competence as well as other candidates and the competition was tough.
The reality is, I'm usually great at interviews. I've never had an interview I didn't get. But because I am no strong painkiller for a badly injured knee I was feeling dizzy and couldn't concentrate. I was also nervous. I wish I'd come off them now for the interview but I didn't realise I would feel this way as normally I dont. I think it was the nerves and stress that caused it too.
I'm truly gutted now as I know I can do so much better. It was for a job as a social worker and there were a number of vacancies up for grabs at the came department. One interviewer seemed to quite like me but the other was very unimpressed.
I feel now that since I really really want to work at this place and I know I have the necessary experience, whether there is anything I can do to give a slightly better lasting impression. I know there's a large drop out rate in social work and I am sure more vacancies will come up.
The women phoned me to say if I want feedback to ring me or the other hiring manager or email. I thanked her on the phone, said I understood the decision and agreed I had no performed to. My best and just said thank you and that was the end of the conversation.
I'm wondering if there's a way I can show that this is a place I truly want to work and my performance at the interview was not my normal standard. I'm also just qualified so not as much would be expected of me.
Get the feedback- stay in touch- get better experience- reapply.
I can't stay in touch exactly but need to ask for feedback in a way that shows I could have done better. I'm stuck as to what to say.
Just ask for feedback. You can say 'yes I agree I underperformed' but I think trying to explain you were on medication etc might just look like making excuses and it's too late to change things, it would be better to accept it and try again next time, they're unlikely to recall you unfavourably
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