If I get rejected from too many job interviews is it a danger that I will exhaust all quality local companies? I believe there is a handfull of local companies and if I get rejected from all of them would I be out of options for employment at a quality company? How to mitagate this i.e. over preparing for interview.

Sometimes I'm afraid to apply for a job at a good company locally as if I fail I might not have another opportunity at that company to interview.

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    In the US, if you fail 1 interview with a company, usually, that company will wait for either 6 months or 1 year to interview you again for the same or similar position. Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 20:51
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    If you're failing too many interviews, don't take it personally. Instead, find out why. Get help from a trusted person who can help you prepare, who is skilled enough to detect if you're doing something wrong. It's almost always no problem to apply for other positions if you been turned down previously.
    – teego1967
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 20:51
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    Isn't this somewhat obvious? If you live in a smallish town in the middle of a big state, and there are, say 100 total opportunities and 100 competing applicants or smth like that, and it takes you 60 applications to realize some awful faux pas, then sure. But people in that situation just expand their geographic range, or wait for new opportunities to appear.
    – Pete W
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 23:37
  • @PeteW the problem is if you’re on an island, then it means to look at other but nearest countries workplace.stackexchange.com/q/182190 Commented Jan 16, 2022 at 18:17
  • Funny trick but you can totally up a job interview with an email and ask if the position has been filled. If they reply, you can then ask why you were not chosen. I have gotten several good responses from this which has helped me improve in future interviews.
    – Trevor
    Commented Jan 17, 2022 at 16:17

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Is it possible to exhaust all possible local options if I fail too many interviews?

Theoretically this might happen. However for most kinds of jobs it's unlikely.

At one extreme, supposed you want to be a firefighter. You apply, and they decide you would not make a good firefighter. It won't matter how many more times you apply you won't get that job, until something has changed in terms of your training, experience, or other qualities. You've now exhausted all the employers who might hire firefighters. (OK, maybe there are two fire departments in your area, or you can get a job in a related field.) However just because you interviewed and didn't get the job that doesn't mean they didn't think you would make a good firefighter. Maybe they only had one position, and you were the second best application. Next month another position comes open and this time you are the best application.

At the other end of the scale, software developers (for example) comes in lots of different kinds. A company may turn you down because you don't have enough database experience for the role they are hiring for. Their next position may need Python skills and no DB. You might be perfect for the role. So even being turned down by a company doesn't mean you won't be hired next time. On the other hand, if they think you are a bad developer they will still turn you down in future interviews. This is especially true of companies that like to hire on "overall aptitude" rather than specific skills.

For most job types, the recruitment market is always flexible. There is always a new company looking to hire software developers. Or a company changes the kind of developer it is looking for. And there may be a company you have never heard of that hires rarely, but suddenly starts to look for people like you.

Sometimes I'm afraid to apply for a job at a good company locally as if I fail I might not have another opportunity at that company to interview.

That's not an attitude that will help you. Failing an interview doesn't mean you will never pass an interview with that company again, if their requirements change. If you would fail so badly that they will never consider looking at you again, then you are probably going to fail that interview in six months, or a year. The number of companies that hold grudges like that is very small.

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