Hey both! I’m sorry to hear that you both weren’t offered roles. It sucks when that happens and I’m sure most people have been in that place at some point in their lives.
I think it’s important to remember that nailing an interview actually has nothing to do with your ability to do the job, and also, it is a judgement call that is incredibly tough to make and can often come down to another candidate just being able to demonstrate the qualities we are looking for even just slightly more than you were able to.
I’m not a regular part of the hiring team, but by virtue of having been here a while I’ve interviewed and assessed a fair few candidates and it’s often an incredibly tough and close call.
Also, there are multiple people here, who we haven’t offered a job to the first time, or even sometimes the second time around, and have gone on to make huge, huge impact in this company, whether that’s through their progression, or their stats, or their cultural fit, or any combination of those things. So, that tells me that sometimes we get it wrong. The flip-side of that is that we’ve also hired people in the past who, for whatever reason, it turned out the job wasn’t right for them or they weren’t happy in the role. So, again, that tells you that sometimes we get it wrong.
It’s hard not to feel disheartened, but ultimately, I think if this is where you want to be, one way or another you have a good chance of being here eventually - even if it’s not right now. Take any feedback on board, and if you do intend on applying again in the future, if you can demonstrate further down the line that you took it on board and used it as an opportunity for personal improvement and development, then that really shows strength of character.