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Passed over? Find out why

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You applied for a position change but didn’t get it. You might feel like crawling under a rock, but resist the urge. You’ll be better off in the long run if you act boldly and ask for constructive criticism. Not everyone will give it, but it can’t hurt to ask.

Start by posing these questions in a phone call or follow-up note:

“What were the main factors that prompted you to choose another candidate over me?”

“What skills or experience do you feel that I lacked? What methods do you recommend for building those skills?”

“In what ways did I impress you during the interview?”

“What other openings within the organization might I be better suited for?”

Odds are, you’ll be turned down from time to time. But with a little self-knowledge, you’ll be one step closer to the career you want.

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