We regret to advise you that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

A few months ago I applied for the BBC Production Talent Pool, which is the only route to the BBC Production Trainee Scheme, an eighteen month placement scheme within the BBC. It was a long-winded application process with budgeting, analysis and programme pitch sections. Altogether I probably spent approximately six hours completing it, but didn’t make it to interview stage. I am quite sure that I answered the questions correctly and creatively, but as is usual these days, “due to the high volume of applications, [they were] unable to provide feedback.” It is frustrating not to be given any information on what was wrong, what could be improved, etc. A lot of employers don’t even respond to unsuccessful applicants. I’m not sure whether it’s unfair or whether it is mostly justifiable.

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