What to do Following Interview Rejection

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Published: 27 Jan 2017      

Putting everything you have into a job interview only to end up getting rejected for the role can be soul crushing. It may affect your motivation or even knock your confidence to the point where you struggle with other interviews later on down the line.

It’s something that the vast majority of people have to deal with at some point in their lives and the important thing is always that you pick yourself back up and try again. That’s not always so easy, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t Blame Yourself

There are tons of factors that go into any company’s hiring decisions and any one of them may affect your chances without you even knowing it. There is little you can do about this, so don’t start blaming yourself unless you did something so catastrophically bad that it would foul up any interview. Instead, take a moment to reflect on what you did well and what you could improve so you are more prepared the next time you have an opportunity. If possible, consider asking the company you interviewed with for any feedback they may have about your performance and if there is anything that you could have done differently.

Narrow Your Search

There will be times when you don’t get the role because your skills weren’t suitable for it. This can often be the fault of employers putting out vague job descriptions, in which case you need to be a little warier in future. However, it can also be a sign that you are searching too broadly, especially if it keeps happening. If that’s the case, really spend some time considering what you have to offer to an organization and what kind of role you actually want. After all, job interview success won’t mean all that much if you end up in a job that you don’t enjoy.

Don’t Take It Personally

Yes, personality is usually a factor when employers decide who to hire, but rejection of you is not a rejection of who you are as a person. As we already mentioned, there are so many other factors that could affect the decision. The key is that you don’t take the rejection personally. Understand that it is part and parcel of the job searching process and there are many more people who likely went for the same role who are in the same position you are.

Keep Learning

This is especially important if you are new to the whole job interview process. Every session you spend with a potential employer is an opportunity to learn more. Over time, you will start noticing that certain questions are fairly common across all jobs, which means you can figure out good answers for them. The rest will usually be specific to the role and industry, which is where your research should come in. Over time and with a little practice you will start putting it all together, allowing you to enter the interview process with a lot more confidence than you had before.

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