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After completing several rounds of interviews, it can be disheartening to be told at the final stage that you haven't landed the job. It can be easy to take things personally and allow the rejection to deter you from investing your time in the future. However difficult it may feel at the time though, it’s important to bounce back and use that rejection to your advantage. We share our advice on how to handle job rejection below.

1. Ask for feedback after the interview

It can be tempting to ruminate on your actions and overanalyse after an interview, but it’s best to hear feedback from those that were on the receiving end of it. You will gain a better perspective on how you performed and how to improve for next time. 

Whether it's feedback from a recruiter or directly from the employer, it's vital to specify that you are looking for detailed feedback to ensure the points you receive are actionable and can be used as a positive learning experience going into your next job interview. 

 2. Keep connections open with your interviewer

With 70 percent of professionals landing their current role by networking, networking is a powerful way to increase your chances of securing your next job. It’s always worth keeping in touch with those that interviewed you from afar via LinkedIn and keeping up to date with future job opportunities. Although you may not have been the best fit for this role, there may be other roles later down the line you could be considered for. 

Ultimately, handle your job rejection professionally to avoid burning any potential bridges as it may pay off in the long run.  

3. Keep your options open 

When job hunting, it can be easy to invest too heavily in the one job you are interviewing for, making it more difficult to handle rejection. We strongly advise against sending out a generic CV to hundreds of companies and recommend having one or two other companies in the pipeline in case the initial one falls through.

As always, your CV needs to be tailored to the company you’re targeting but having a few lined up will help to reduce the chance of losing momentum along the way.  

4. Review your approach

Use the feedback from your previous interview to adapt your approach for the next one. If it occurred in stages, which parts of the interview did you feel less confident in? Were there any challenging questions that you stumbled on?

Take time to reflect on your previous experiences to help best prepare you for future ones. There is always room for improvement and different ways to sell yourself to win over your next hiring manager.  

5. Remember, every interview is a positive learning experience

Every interview you're rejected from should be used as a positive learning experience. The more interviews you do, the more confident you will become and the more prepared you will feel. You will have a better sense of the type of questions they will ask you and a better idea of the type of questions to ask them. Above all, it’s just as important for them to find the right fit as it is for you. 

Job rejections can be valuable lessons and steer you in the right direction towards finding a job that is a good fit for you, so try not to be too hard on yourself and recognise your strengths and celebrate your small wins too. After all, making it to the interview stage is an accomplishment in itself. 

Whether you’re searching for a job currently or looking for feedback on your CV, our specialist consultants can help. Browse our current job vacancies or get in touch with our consultants today to access specialist advice from our team. 

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