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How to Handle Negative Feedback During a Job Interview

21410911_mEvery so often you may find yourself in a job interview and facing some negative feedback. This can be incredibly awkward and it can be easy to let it alter your mood and hinder your performance. Here are a few tips on how to handle negative feedback.

What Sort of Negative Feedback Might I Get?
During a job interview, a recruiter or employer will be scrutinising your every move. They will be looking through your CV template thoroughly and assessing whether you are the right person for the job. And because they are looking for the best possible candidate, they might ask some difficult questions that sound negative. Here are a few examples;

  • Why are their gaps in your CV? Have you found it difficult to find work?
  • You’ve moved jobs several times – would you say you’re not very focused?
  • Your last job is completely different to this – why have you applied?
  • You don’t have much work experience on your CV?

If you are faced with any questions like this it is crucial that you stay positive and keep motivated. Sometimes these questions are designed to see how serious you are about the role and to test your career direction. If you find yourself facing any of this feedback try to;

  • Keep calm
  • Prepare before the interview for unexpected questions
  • Be honest
  • Practice your interview with a friend before the actual day
  • Write down some notes before you attend the interview
  • Research the company
  • Prepare some interview questions you can ask the employer