Handling Job Rejection

Jordan Rolf candidate, candidates, Estate Agency...

It can be hard to not take job rejection personally, but at some stage in your working life, the chances of experiencing rejection are extremely likely. It’s important to try to not let an interview rejection impact you too much. Learning how to deal with rejection to stay at the top of your game is key and throughout this blog post, I will be talking you through how to do this successfully.

Job rejection happens to almost everyone in their working lives and as humans, we tend to be impacted more by negative events in comparison to positive or neutral ones. With this being the case it’s easy to blow a rejection out of proportion. When you first receive the news that you were unsuccessful in your interview a feeling of frustration is natural. An initial outpouring of frustration can be a great way to let the negativity go. Building up frustration and holding it in will only prolong negative feelings and make it harder for you to move on. If you have reached the interview stage in an application process you should already be proud of what you’ve achieved. The employer has already recognized the potential in your application which shows you’re heading in the right direction. The process of being unsuccessful in an interview is disappointing however, making sure you don’t burn any bridges between you and the employer is important. The company that rejected you could be your employer further down the line so making sure you keep positive and healthy links in the industry is important. As annoying as it may be burning bridges can only be negative and potentially hinder future opportunities.

It’s important to not take a job rejection about you personally. Due to the competitiveness in every modern-day industry employers need to make a decision based on the candidate they believe is best suited. This decision could be down to someone’s personality being better suited to the company, holding more industry experience or many other reasons that could swing an employer's decision. It’s extremely unlikely that you didn’t get the job due to the hiring manager making a conscious vote against you. Therefore, try not to take the rejection personally as the chances of the decision to go with someone else are extremely unlikely to be personally motivated.

Rejection can be taken and turned into a positive. There can be a lot to learn from negative experiences including rejection in a job interview. Knock-backs are frustrating in any form and can be even more so in working life. However, there’s a lot to learn from setbacks like these which could be the difference between receiving better news from your next job interview. If you do receive the unwanted news after a job interview be sure to phone or email the person who interviewed you to ask for feedback. If it turns out that there was a gap in your skillset look at how you can fill that gap. You could investigate enrolling in courses that will give you that necessary experience to go a step further the next time you’re interviewed. Taking on board feedback and working from that shows you have a genuine interest and passion for the field of work. This will show your dedication and willingness to put in extra effort in any future interviews.

There will always be areas for everyone to improve in across work and life in general, but remember to bring your own personal strengths, values and passionate attitude to the table. Focusing on your most positive areas can provide a new lease of energy and motivation in finding a job that’s right for you. Finding your own strengths and key contributors could come in handy in your next job interview. Creating as big of a collection of skills and qualifications is a great way to create a separation between you and other potential candidates who’re going for the same role. This is a great way to give yourself the best chance in achieving the result you want to hear from your next interview opportunity.

Maintaining your momentum in a job search is key. Allowing the bad news to affect you to the point where you put a halt to your job search is pointless. Keeping your job search in motion until you have an accepted position is the best way to go about your job search. As difficult and tiring as it may seem to do at times continuing your search and pushing yourself as much as you can is the best way to get to where you want to be as soon as possible. The right opportunity for you will eventually arrive and being in the best possible position for when it does is vital. The better prepared you are for an opportunity will show to the interviewing members just how well suited you are for their role.

I hope this blog has helped you to notice negative news post-interview isn’t all negative. You can turn the advice into a positive and inhabit it to grow your experience and knowledge for your next opportunity.