We’ve all been there. You get a chance to go for a job you really want, put in all the preparation work, nail a seemingly flawless interview, only to be rejected days later.
It can be hard to take, in fact, rejection of any form is often a difficult thing to face up to. But even though it can feel like you’re staring into the abyss of failure, being turned down for a job doesn’t have to be so bad. It can even be the start of something new!
Indeed, the key to tackling rejection is meeting it head on. Here are a few tips about how you can take something negative and turn it into a positive.
Don’t let it get you down for long
Yes, it’s natural to feel rubbish at first and you’re entitled to have a moan and a sulk. But don’t let this little knock back get you down for long, it will only hinder your job search.
Do something to take your mind of your emotions. Get back on the horse and get applying!
Assess your interview
Once you’ve had a day or two to get over the initial rejection, it’s time to cast your mind back to the interview and go over it objectively.
Review the answers you gave, your body language, your rapport with the interviewer - basically, try and scrutinise every little detail. It might be difficult, but it could help you uncover a weakness in your technique that you can then work on for your next one.
Maybe your answers weren't detailed enough, in which case maybe next time you’ll need to do more preparation. Whatever you think the reason may be, it doesn’t hurt to critique yourself, in fact, it’s only likely to make you stronger moving forward.
Ask for feedback
While an employer may not be able to provide feedback at the application stage, they may be willing to at the interview. If the company has contacted you via email without any information as to why you didn’t make it, politely inquire as to the reasons.
If they call you to let you know, then just ask the person on the phone! It might be something as simple as another candidate was better suited to the role - which is something you can use to your advantage - or there may be something specific that caused you to miss out.
Regardless of the reason, knowing is always better than not knowing, so be brave and ask away.
Find out about the successful candidate
This may not always be possible, as the company might be reluctant to divulge information about an employee, but you can always ask about who got the job.
At the very least, all you need to know is what skills they have, as this may give you an idea about your own CV and where it can be improved.
If you can’t find out from the company itself, you can always look on its website or LinkedIn profile for any notifications about new starters and do a little research here.
Do you need extra help?
After you’ve reflected on your interview, it may come to light that you need a bit of extra help in this department. After all, job interviews are often difficult.
Many colleges and local learning centres offer courses to help you develop your interview technique, but it’s also worth checking You Tube where plenty of videos on interview skills can be found.
Finally, remember that practice makes perfect! Ask a friend or relative to conduct a mock interview with you which will help build up your confidence and provide an opportunity to get some feedback from a third party. There is always room for improvement, and your efforts may result in the celebration of a new job!