Truth & Drama behind interview feedback

Often we hue & cry for not getting feedback after the interviews. It has become a perennial complaint and recruiters are identified ignorant universally. It seems there is no solution to fix both side problems because even after so many criticisms why recruiters are not providing the feedback or why can't candidates stop asking for feedback if they are not provided with feedback. The longer you are searching for a job, the more desperate you might be for the feedback. Sometimes you are so eager that you tag recruiter and company on social media pages for not getting the feedback but unfortunately you still do not get the detailed feedback as you want. So the fight between ignorance and desperateness persists.

The candidate demand is to get constructive feedback so that they can improve in the next interview. But honestly, it's not possible because interview based decisions are not taken only based on your domain knowledge. If there had been only a criterion for domain expertise then it would have been possible certainly. The moment you apply for the job too many factors come into play. The important factors you must know:

Subjectivity: Most of the interview process is subjective. For the lateral hiring, different candidates interview at different slots that means there are always multiple candidates at different stages of interviews. The final decision is based on comparative analysis that again depends on multiple factors like salary, current company, educational qualification, notice period, etc. Unfortunately, these are factors that are beyond your control. When so many things have come into play simultaneously than the most suitable candidate is selected not the best one. So if not the best one is selected then how can someone comment on weak areas of rejected candidates. Hope you can now understand the reason for silence about your feedback most of the time.

But some time companies and recruiters know the feedback but don’t share because most of the candidates do not take constructive criticism well. All it takes is one candidate getting upset (in cases, belligerent) after they’re told why they didn’t hire them and that’s the last time a recruiter provides feedback. So, instead of calling to let you know the reasons, hiring managers may simply adopt a silence is a golden rule.

Even after knowing the externalities of an interview process many of you might be thinking about their side of the story and it's important to address their logic as well. People who look out for feedback are not wrong at all and have certain rationales as follow:

  • To Get Added Insight Into How to Improve Your Job Search
  • You Might Learn Something New About Yourself
  • You’ll Prove That You’re Willing to Learn and Grow—Even When It’s Uncomfortable
  • You Open the Door for Future Opportunities

But let's see how these questions shouldn't matter much to you:

To Get Added Insight Into How to Improve Your Job Search: You must always remember that getting an interview call also reflects quality in your resume. If you do not believe, go & track the number of applications on Linkedin. You would ever find it more than 200, so you are among the top applicants once invited. Even without feedback, you know you have reached the interview stage. It means you are heading in the right direction. You are so close that the next step could be an offer letter always.

You Might Learn Something New About Yourself: If you are seriously preparing for the job then after the interview you can always evaluate yourself as bad, good, better, best and while evaluating ourselves, we tend to belong on our weaknesses and short on our strengths. So honestly you can identify the gap easily and be better prepared next time.

You’ll Prove That You’re Willing to Learn and Grow: Even When It’s Uncomfortable: This statement is full of optimism but unfortunately this has never been the part of your evaluation process. Hiring managers never decide based on your enthusiasm after taking the interview. It's a best practice in most organizations to submit the feedback instantly so even if they started liking you after the interview chances are bleak.

You Open the Door for Future Opportunities: Actually, this is only possible when you show a decent behavior after the interview. If you want yourself to be considered for future opportunities then while trying to take the feedback don't show your overenthusiasm and accept the feedback on a positive note. Because as explained in the beginning there could be different pictures behind the feedback you are receiving.

My Suggestions:

  • Do your best in anything you do (cover letters, CVs, phone calls, interviews, and follow-ups). Make each interaction as close to perfect as possible.
  • Read the job description carefully and apply for the jobs that you are truly qualified for. If it's less than 70% match then don't apply but even if you apply don't be much hopeful.
  • Follow the application instructions meticulously.
  • If you feel you are qualified but not getting the call. Then try to find the contact details of the hiring manager and share your details directly with him.

However, it’s still definitely worth asking. Even if you don’t ever get a reply, you can move forward with the familiarity that you put your best foot forward from start to finish.