Recently, an actor friend of mine auditioned for a commercial she thought she was perfect for. She had built a successful repertoire of commercial jobs by portraying a character that “knows how to get out the spot.” This commercial spot seemed tailor-made for her. After a great audition, she was surprised to hear that she didn’t get the job. Being a friend of one of the directors, she called and asked why she didn’t get the part. The director replied, “your hair is orange and the kitchen set is orange too – your hair would blend too much into the set.” As absurd as this comment is – it brings home the point how frustrating job hunting may be – regardless of the profession. How did my friend navigate through this frustration and request feedback? She approached the director from a positive place.
As you apply for more jobs, the way you approach a recruiter for feedback will determine whether you will have a long-standing successful relationship or a very short-lived one. Keep the following in mind when contacting a very harried recruiter:
Instead, reinforce that you are willing to take any classes or tutorials that will get you hired and make their job easier. If you came across too mild in the interview, tell them you’re willing to take public speaking classes and let them know you will practice your skills with experienced friends and colleagues in the field. Your enthusiasm will be key to retaining a recruiter’s interest, and always put yourself in the recruiter’s perspective.
Most of all, have faith that the recruiter is doing the best job possible for you. Acknowledge their hard work and effort. Remember that it’s all about building relationships. You’ll be doing this for a very long time both in and outside the job. If you keep your confidence in them – they will keep their confidence in you.