Being rejected after a job interview can severely dent your confidence. It is never a pleasant experience, particularly if you’ve faced several rejections so far in your job search. However, by thinking objectively, you can use job rejection to build on your core strengths, address development points and ultimately find a job that suits you best.
Here are some tips on how to handle job rejection to kick your job search back into gear.
Acknowledge that it’s not all about you
Be careful not to overgeneralize the situation - accusing yourself of being incapable of getting a job. Remember that most of the reasons behind hiring decisions will not be made apparent to you. You may have performed exceptionally but there could be other factors at play. There are things you cannot change and beyond your control.
Gaining valuable feedback will help you understand what recruiters are looking for and critically assess any mistakes you could have made. This can be difficult, but it is essential for your development. Make the interviewer aware how important feedback is to you, as this will show them how committed you are to self-development and may convince them to hire you. Attitude can be just as important as ability. A follow-up email after an interview is the best way to show professionalism and interest in the role.
You were invited for a job interview among other qualified applicants and this is something to be proud of and worth remembering when you face rejection. Seeing the positive side on how well you’ve done to get that far will give you the confidence to ace your next interview. Quit over-analyzing, this will just drive yourself crazy replaying the scene over and over again in your head. Pick yourself up, and charge forward to land your dream job.
You know you can’t continue to do the same things and make the same mistakes while expecting different results. Remember to detail an action plan to put those feedback for improvement to use. You may find your mind unable to rest until you establish a logical explanation for the rejection. At the very least you should feel that you have learned something through the interview process. We all learn from our experiences, and a job interview is no different.
Learning from the interview experience is a vital step in allowing you to grow. While a job rejection might seem like the end of the world, it’s really an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the job search process to improve your strengths for your next interview.
Learning to accept rejection as part of the process will help build your mental and emotional armor. Once you let go of the need for a guaranteed outcome, you open yourself up to a world of other possibilities — other jobs, opportunities, and companies that could be an even better fit.
Don’t let any job rejection destroy your confidence. Get over rejection, analyze your candidacy, and move forward with your next job search