112. Job Hunting Q&A: How to say no to a job you don’t want and get feedback for the jobs you do.

job hunting q&a redundancy & job loss Dec 13, 2021
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 112


In this episode, I am answering 11 questions related to job hunting which I received throughout the year. These questions about job application, working with recruiters, resignation, and much more. What should you do if you don't want to continue interviewing for a job? How to connect with a recruiter when you haven't heard from them in a while? How to ask for feedback? 

Want to know the answers? Tune in!


  • [04:11] Question 1: I changed my mind: I recently applied for a job, and after making it through the second round of interviews, I am questioning whether I should proceed with the next stage. After the interview, I'm not sure that I'd like the role if I were selected.
  • [08:44] Question 2: How far is too far? Is it ok to leave off a few years of your early career? How much is ok to leave off?
  • [12:09] Question 3: Internal competition: I had an interview today for a role. At the end of the interview, they informed me they had an internal candidate at the end stage of the process. Although I believe it is positive the company now knows me, and I have got to know their HR team, I notice this has happened to me a few times. Is it wise to ask the recruiter whether there are internal candidates? Secondly, how is that question perceived?
  • [15:08] Question 4: It's taking too long: Why is it taking so long for the recruiter to get back to me about a role?
  • [20:36] Question 5: Upside down method: After submitting my application via the company HR portal, I also email the HR contact advertising the position on LinkedIn via the LinkedIn message system. Or the HR contact via the company email, or I find the Hiring manager via LinkedIn.
  • [26:56] Question 6: A recruiter left me a voicemail yesterday to tell me I, unfortunately, didn't get through to the next round of interviews. Should I contact her to ask for feedback or just let it go? 
  • [30:01] Question 7: Should I add interim work on LinkedIn if what I am really looking for is a permanent position?
  • [32:52] Question 8: I'm thinking of resigning. What are your thoughts?
  • [35:30] Question 9: Some of my friends get recruiters calling them regularly. I have only had 2 in 10 years! Is it just the industry I am in? Why is this so?
  • [37:39] Question 10:What are some good experiences to put on your cv while on a gap in between employment? (e.g., volunteering experience)
  • [39:54] Question 11: Can you share your approach to keeping in touch with your former colleagues?

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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