Six ways to handle rejection after job interview

Rejection after a job interview can be quite depressing and devastating

Life is not always fair, and you might have witnessed it yourself many times. Unexpected rejection after a job interview, which you thought went really well, is one such unfair side of life. In fact, we all have faced rejection post interview - through a letter, phone call or an email. The situation becomes critical, if you have faced number of rejections in your long and tiring job search. It can be morally devastating and can shake your confidence in the long run. However, if you are well versed to train your mind to handle rejection then, you can certainly land a job successfully. Just like other skills, your CV must exhibit a strong and strategic trait of handling rejections. So, if you receive a rejection mail in your inbox, don’t let grief overtake you. Here are some tips to tackle it and, finally come out as a winner. 


1.Stop blaming yourself

Yes, stop blaming yourself right away; you are trying to find too many pitfalls in your personality and your skills. It won’t help and, will only make you lose your confidence. The reason for your rejection can be many; it is not just based on your performance. If you have given your best in the screening tests, human resource rounds and final interview then, there is nothing more you could have done. Most organizations never reveal the apparent reasons behind hiring. You might have performed at your competent best yet, there are other factors which played a part for your rejection. For example, there might have been a more experienced candidate than you or, there was an internal candidate who already knew the organization well. 

Sometimes, there are budget constraints where an organization hires a candidate on a lesser salary compared to the one expected by you. These are the reasons which are simply out of your control. So, you must really stay away from being self hypercritical and, face rejection with a positive attitude.       

2. Seek for a feedback

If you are assuming that all your efforts to get a job are in vain then, you are simply wrong. In order to better analyze your drawbacks, it is important to get thorough feedbacks from the recruiter or the headhunter. You must politely ask the recruiter for a detailed feedback either through phone or email. It has been observed many times that feedbacks are not helpful and lack substance so it’s better to communicate your requirement to the recruiter in a polite way. If you have applied for the job through a headhunter or a recruitment firm then, you can easily get feedbacks from them since; they have a professional relationship with companies. Moreover, you can learn about your shortcomings through mock interviews and advice of an HR professional.   

3. Ensure a fresh approach for a new interview       

If you have been rejected in your last interview and, you still carry the same frame of mind for the next interview then, you are doing a big mistake. Keeping a fresh approach for every interview is must. You must be in a new state of mind as per the requisites of the job you have applied for. Every hiring manager thinks differently about an ideal candidate. It varies as per the work and ethics of the company. Keeping an old and monotonous approach for every interview will dim your chances of getting selected. You must also tailor your CV and portfolio according to the requirements of the company. A fresh mind while remaining true to your personality increases your chances of landing a job.   

4. Stay professionally active

It has been observed many times, that people are not willing to learn after rejection. The reason for this is lack of confidence and depression. But, the truth is that it will only deteriorate your skills and personality. Life does not end, even after numerous rejections. There are always new opportunities waiting for you. What really matters is keeping your skills up to date and gain new experience. This can be in the form of voluntary position with a firm, enrolling in training courses or even working for a charity project. Remaining professionally active will increase your confidence, equip you with more talent and gives you an edge to explore your hidden potential.  

5. Continue & refine your job search 

Don’t expect a positive result after a great interview. You never know why a company might drop your candidature. It is better to stick to job search, until you receive a written offer. Continuing with a job search will widen your chances for a suitable offer and will save you from the onslaught of rejection. While you carry on with your job search, it is better to narrow it down. The world is quite different from what it was a decade ago. Immense market competition and budget constraint has forced companies to downsize. Hiring is being limited, and only the best candidate who meets every single criteria of the company has a chance of getting selected. Organizations now days are hiring an employee to tackle multiple job tasks, have implemented rotational shifts, introduced bonds and contracts. Amidst this scenario it is important to assess your skills, qualification, needs and company background. Only after a proper research you must move ahead to apply for a job with a company.  

6. Share your feelings with family and friends 

Whether it’s a rejection in a relationship or a job you must pour your heart out to your loved ones. May people try to cloak their negative feeling, which is not right. This further aggravates the problem and finally we succumb to it. Family and friends can pacify you, boost you and can guide you to cope up with rejection. It has also been observed that if two friends share their stories of rejection, it calms down their minds. Through this, they understand that they are not the only ones who have faced rejection in life but, there is also someone else like them. 

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