No one likes being turned down after interviewing for a job, especially if you’ve done lots of preparation for a position that you really wanted; this can make job rejection even harder to deal with. Job hunting can be a long and tiring process but it’s important to not let the disappointment overwhelm you. According to a recent study, only 39% of candidates reach the final interview stage, and over half are rejected at the first interview, so it’s important to not be demotivated by this. In this blog, we’re giving you some of the best tips on how to correctly deal with rejection after a job interview.
Ask For Feedback
One of the key things to do after a rejection is to make sure you really assess what happened, why you think you got rejected and most importantly how you can learn from it. Asking for and listening to feedback is so valuable when you’re just coming off the back of job rejection.
If the recruiter is willing, ask for as much detailed feedback as possible. Although this might not be the first thing you want to do after being turned down, gaining positive feedback and constructive criticism can incredibly helpful and something you can use for your next interview… hopefully resulting in a better outcome in the future!
Give Yourself Time to Reflect
Now you have come to terms with the reasons why you weren’t given the job, you may just want to forget about the whole experience… but you would be missing out on a great opportunity.
In steps, go through everything that you did from the first second you walked into the interview room to the final goodbye at the end. Ask yourself: What do you think went well? Did you focus only on the technical side at the expense of showcasing your social skills and your true personality? In hindsight what could you have done differently to try and make this a different outcome?
Consider Your Strengths
When you have been rejected for a job, it is easy to feel like it is all your fault and that you only have yourself to blame for you not getting the job. This is rarely the case and there could be many different reasons why you weren’t successful this time that were out of your control. Try to focus on your main strengths and try refining your search to a job that specifically matches your skillset. Also focus on roles that you could be truly passionate about, this way your passion will shine through in an interview.
Ultimately, the greatest way to deal with rejection is to keep a smile on your face, try turning each rejection into a learning opportunity… the job that you want could be just around the corner!