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I received this question from someone who is absolutely positive that a firm made a mistake. How can you get them to change their mind? There are only a few types of examples where that is possible and I discussed them.

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I have always love this question. I have been asked this question a million different times by people and I finally decided to the question it. How can I get an employer to change their mind after being rejected for job? After all, I'm certain that they’re wrong.

I didn't include that part in the title. I just left it to the core element. So, the question comes down to what makes you think that they're wrong? Because you believe that they are wrong? Like you know better than them what they are looking for (which I find absolutely amazing)?

You are able to divine in your own magnificence that you know better than the firm what they are looking for and that you meet it because you have intuited that you have this knowledge into what they really want. What you really want to do is to argue with them that they made the wrong choice. I want to be clear, there is one exception to this rule and that is if you identify bias or sexual harassment as 1 of the criteria. .

So, for example, someone who is discriminated against on the basis of age, race and sexual orientation and it's obvious from the language that was used that this is the case. I am not talking about subtle things. That is going to be a tough one to prove. They are never going to turn it around. But, if you have a significant appeal on the basis of those reasons where you were harassed in the interview (and I will that one in a second), then you have one shot . . . but then the question that comes down to why would you want to work there?

Year ago I remember representing someone who was sexually harassed on an interview and she had the courage to tell me about what happened. I went to the President of the firm, spoke to him about what I had been told and the person was fired. Once they were fired, other people came forward. I will simply say, under those circumstances, there is a chance . . . and she didn't want to go pursue this. I understand why. I'm not sure many people would want to.

And in the case of bias on the basis of age, race . . . a whole host of other things . . . Sexual orientation . . . I'm not sure someone would want to work there knowing that they caused someone's dismissal and they would always be looked at is “that person.”

But you asked the question about what to get an employer to change their mind. Those are really it because you are not right in your assertion that they are wrong. I want to repeat that one. You are not right in your assertion that they are wrong period They are correct. You did not make a good enough case in your interview for why you should be considered and as a result, give it up.

Hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman The Big Game Hunter. If you're interested in my preparing you for interviews, critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, helping you with a salary negotiation, answering your questions about job hunting, visit my website, On the top, there are tabs there. Click on the one that's relevant for you. Order time with me. I’ll be happy to help you

Have a great day. Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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