/ Asked by Kumar
I had 3 job interviews and was rejected in all of them. I had a lot of other applications which were rejected even without an interview. When I approached the HR reps for feedback, they refused. How am I supposed to know what I am doing wrong? I have been honest and natural through all my applications. How do I go about finding where I should make changes and/or improvements? I am totally saddened!
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, July 20, 2015
This is a very tough question to answer without knowing all of the pieces of this mystery. There a couple of scenarios that may be at play here, the other candidates could have had additional atributes that made them a more attractive candidate to the hiring manager versus the HR rep, which would mean that you are not doing anything wrong.

Once again without knowing all of the pieces my best advice moving forward would be to perhaps video yourself in a practice interview and request feedback from anyone around you who will give you candid feedback. Also try to research what type of interview they will be conducting whether it is behavioral or skill based, practice your answers.
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, July 20, 2015
Don’t be discouraged! The more interviews you go through the more comfortable you become. It is hard to exactly know what the reason was for not moving forward with your candidacy, but I would suspect there are other candidates that had more skills/attributes that were better suited for that particular role. I would suggest continuing to apply for as many positions as possible, it is a very competitive market. You should also reach out to your university career canter to know when they will have mock interview sessions, this is a great way to get on the spot feedback from HR and business managers. I would also have them take a look at your resume to give you feedback on how to make it stand out.
Best of luck!!
Answered by Kristin, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Monday, July 20, 2015
I think this is a great question and I am sorry to hear when you asked for feedback, none was provided to you. I know how stressful interviewing can be. Do you happen to have a friend or family member that you can practice with? Someone who will be open and honest with you and will be able to provide you some actionable feedback (maybe someone in Human Resources or a manager that interviews candidates frequently). Another tip would be to take a good look at the job description and your resume and be able to talk to how your skills/education/abilities compliment what the company is looking for and be able to "sell" your skills. This will be a great way to prepare for your interviews. Good Luck in your job search.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The process of finding a job is not an easy one. Since interviewers are not likely to give you feedback that you are looking for, you could consider reaching out to people in your network that are in upper level jobs that could take a look at your resume. Everyone has different ideas about how a resume should be formatted and the language that you use. Receiving feedback from a fresh pair of eyes gives you a new perspective and suggested changes that you might not think of. Additionally, you could search a company in your area and see if there is someone who specializes in interview tactics and resumes. Another idea, which has been beneficial for others who are in your position, find alumni through LinkedIn and network with them through obtaining information about the industry they are looking to enter and later on being hired for a position. This is a great way to network and meet people who are willing to give you feedback on things you could do differently. You have taken the first step in the right direction by posting on Jobipedia. Do not get discouraged. Take some time away from the job search to regroup and recharge; it will help you be mentally ready to get back on the job search. Good luck with your job search and for now enjoy the summer!
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