Date posted: December 14, 2021
DEALING WITH INTERVIEW REJECTION
So, you have been waiting for what seems like an eternity. You keep looking at your phone to see whether you have had any missed calls. You keep pacing back and forth. You really need this job. You feel like it’s your time.
“Unfortunately, you have not been successful on this occasion…”
But the interview went so well? You don’t understand.
Well, I’m here to say: DON’T GIVE UP.
Dealing with interview rejection can not only knock your confidence during future interviews, but it can also play a big part in your mental health.
The critical part of this experience is that you take knowledge away so you can improve yourself for the next opportunity. There is plenty of recruitment happening, plenty more fish in the sea!
CONSIDER WHETHER THE JOB WAS RIGHT FOR YOU
Did you really want THE job or A job? There is a noticeable difference. Maybe your heart wasn’t there in the first place? Motivation is something that is very hard to fake – employers will see it from a mile off. Make sure that you are 100% sure that this is the job or career for you. It’s normal to want a job based on money alone, but will you be in the same position a year down the line when you realise you are in the wrong position? Asking yourself these tough questions will give you a better understanding of yourself.
ASK FOR FEEDBACK
When the employer or recruitment agency make that dreaded call, ask them for feedback. Accept any criticism as constructive and seriously take it on board. Sometimes you’ll be lucky to even receive notification that you have been unsuccessful. So, if the allotted days have lapsed, ring them up! Send an email! You need to know whether you can improve yourself. Ask why they chose to go with the other candidate. What are you missing that they have? The more feedback you can obtain on the reasons why, will not only make you feel better about the situation, but will allow you to align yourself with what businesses in your chosen field are looking for.
IT’S NOT PERSONAL
Rejection is not a nice feeling at all. Was it something I said? Are they judging me? In business it’s almost never personal. The employer is looking for the best candidate for the role and will never hire solely based on your interview performance and how you acted. If you feel like you put everything into the interview, obtain feedback and move on.
APPLY FOR MORE JOBS
Don’t wallow in the rejection, hit back! Start your search again immediately. Throwing yourself back into the market will point your focus in the right direction. Okay, you didn’t get the last job, who says you won’t get the next one? Use all of your obtained feedback and lay your cards on the table. Look at your strengths and weaknesses. Look at improving the qualities that were missing from your previous interview and jump straight back in.
GO EASY ON YOURSELF
You are human just like everyone else. The people interviewing were once in your position too. You can do it!
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