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To apply for a job I've been rejected from before

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lastqueenofscotland Tue 03-Jan-17 11:14:42

Last year I applied for a job I really wanted. I got through to the last stage (three interviews) and was then rejected.

I saw it readvertised a week ago and it's been playing on my mind ever since...

Would you apply again?

Lilaclily Tue 03-Jan-17 11:16:37

Yes I would if you can come up with reasons why you are better suited this time around

Did you get feedback? Do you know why you didn't get it last time ?

Lastly check it doesn't say previous applicants need not apply on the advert

Couldnyou have an informal chat with the person who chaired the panel last time also ? That would show how keen you are

Gottagetmoving Tue 03-Jan-17 11:18:34

Yes, I would apply again. I applied for a job I had been unsuccessful getting the first time ( quite a few years ago) and I got it,
I talked about my last application at the interview and we discussed how I had progressed since then.
Unless it says 'previous applicants need not apply'...then go for it!

lastqueenofscotland Tue 03-Jan-17 11:19:16

The feedback was all good but they went for someone who had been in an identical role before, as opposed to mine which was similar.

I guess the worst they can say is "not her again!"

SallyInSweden Tue 03-Jan-17 11:19:28

Yes definitely, I have recruited people who "lost out" last time round. Perfectly good candidates who just weren't the best.

Definitely apply.

user1470997562 Tue 03-Jan-17 11:20:26

I think sometimes it can work to your advantage to apply again. My friend who works for a university applied several times, each time asking for feedback and eventually got a job there.

lastqueenofscotland Tue 03-Jan-17 11:20:34

Ok I'm going to... Would you mention it in the cover letter?!

DJBaggySmalls Tue 03-Jan-17 11:21:08

In this situation I'd say Yes, and good luck.

DJBaggySmalls Tue 03-Jan-17 11:21:54

Dammit worst cross post ever! I meant yes apply for the job.

No dont mention you applied before.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 03-Jan-17 11:22:11

As you got so far last time in the process I would mention it in the letter. Also say that you are still very keen to join their organisation.

Ylvamoon Tue 03-Jan-17 11:22:18

Yes, go for it! I did this once. I saw a job re- advertised 6 months after I applied & got interview. I just rung up HR and was given an informal interview and the job offer a day later.

smileyhappypeople Tue 03-Jan-17 11:35:24

My hubby did this... and got the job the next time at a higher rate of pay with more benefits

Hissy Tue 03-Jan-17 11:36:35

Definitely go for it! They'll remember you anyway.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

2ndSopranos Tue 03-Jan-17 11:38:36

Yes, definitely (unless of course it's previous applicants need not apply...).

Years ago I went for a job I desperately wanted but was unsuccessful following interview. Same organisation created another role the same and I went for that and got it!

I think my previous applicant status probably did me a favour as it showed I was committed to the organisation.

MiladyThesaurus Tue 03-Jan-17 11:39:47

I got my current job because I'd been interviewed for a very similar one a few months before but it went to someone else (who is actually much better for the particularities of that job). They had a new post come up that was exactly in my area and because I'd been determined to be appointable in the previous interview less than 6 months before, they were allowed to just offer me it. It was a lovely phone call to receive (and allowed me to wave goodbye to a 2 hour each way commute and disability discrimination in my old job).

CostaAddict Tue 03-Jan-17 11:40:31

Definitely go for it. I've just applied for a job that I didn't get a year ago. They pulled the job last year due to funding so I'm hoping this year I'll be successful. Good luck!

Maverickismywingman Tue 03-Jan-17 11:41:25

Don't mention you applied before.

Anyway you can arrange a walk round of the dept before applying/interviews?

Passmethecrisps Tue 03-Jan-17 11:41:56

Absolutely go for it. I have interviewed the same people many time - nothing odd about it. People change, develop and hone their skills. And critically the leet is different.

Best of luck

GashleyCrumbTiny Tue 03-Jan-17 11:42:25

I'd email the contact named in the ad to ask, more as a way of flagging it - I'd definitely apply in your shoes. They liked you the first time according to the feedback, they just liked someone else better. Obviously that didn't work out for them so it's worth giving them a second shot at you!

Lilaclily Tue 03-Jan-17 11:42:47

I once relocated and my previois job went to someone who had applied when I first got the job, my boss said she didn't perform as well as me at the interview but all the skills were there

DailyFail1 Tue 03-Jan-17 11:44:32

If you've been interviewed then no you probably shouldn't unless there have been material changes to your CV.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Tue 03-Jan-17 11:58:39

I just have smile.

I definitely think you should. You can tailor your answers to reflect the feedback you got before - you may not be in an identical position but this gives you a fresh view yadda yadda yadda grin

Good luck!

PurpleDaisies Tue 03-Jan-17 12:02:15

A friend of mine applied for a job six years ago, didn't get it, reapplied just recently and has been awarded the position. They were impressed that he obviously really wanted to work for the organisation and had developed their skills in the meantime.

Go for it-there's nothing to be list.

MiladyThesaurus Tue 03-Jan-17 12:03:20

When there's only one post available, an employer may have to turn down one or more completely appointable candidate and choose only the mostly highly ranked candidate. That doesn't mean that those candidates may not be the best candidate for the next job that comes along.

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 03-Jan-17 12:04:37

You were not rejected, the company felt another interviewer suited it better.

Of course you should apply again if you're still interested.

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