Some good stuff in this article, including, off the top, the reminder that the job hunt can be soul destroying. But, interviewing the overtly discouraged can be a difficult task so to avoid being that sad sack their suggestions:
- Remember to accentuate the positive – and try to keep the letdowns in perspective – not getting the job doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good employee or even worse, a good person.
- They “pressure-proof” themselves by seeing the job hunt as a process and not an event and don’t overblow mistakes that are beyond your control.
- They network until the cows come home.
- The aim to convey confidence and not arrogance.
- They try to learn the lessons from the letdowns. And I’d add that sometimes there are no lessons from the letdowns. You’ve honestly done everything that you could to prepare for the interview and they already had someone in mind. Or they made a wrong choice. And the best thing to do is to move on to the next interview realizing that it wasn’t mean to be.