Ask for feedback
Definitely worth asking firms for feedback if you’re rejected for a role. “We regret to inform you…” isn’t as constructive as “we needed a bit more experience, let’s chat in XX months” or “here are technical skills worth looking into…”
Leverage the “failure”
“Do you have questions for us…?” Most people ask the same fucking dry generic questions. “How many people in the team?”It’s your chance to “interview” them. Ask thought provoking questions. “Will there still be this role in 5yrs?”. “What are the types of disruption you see?”
Pro tip: Practise interviewing.
Non-verbal cues often give away more about ourselves than our actual words. Record yourself, watch your body language and listen to your voice. It’s uncomfortable at first. Eliminate crutch words… “uhm”
If you need to think, say “I’m going to take a minute and think through this”. Then talk them through your thinking in detail. Nobody actually cares about the answer as much as your thought process.