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How to Stay Objective Despite Numerous Job Interview Rejections

Job Interviews are like exams. We act eager and fully prepared when an exam is in store. But deep down inside, we know the unpleasant and tense anticipation that comes with it. Moreover, exams don’t necessarily come with great memories. Similarly, we all prepare for job interviews and most candidates usually look destined to succeed. Unfortunately, a resounding majority know that one way or the other, they’ll suffer rejection. What’s worse is that this is not their first time...

Effects of Constant Rejection on Serial Job Seekers

Pros

  • They gain wealth of experience that gives them an added advantage in subsequent job interviews.
  • They get to realize what they can improve on to maintain their competitive edge in the job market.
  • They learn how to constantly re-adjust their attitude and stay afresh with every interview.
  • They gain insight into job market dynamics particularly in regards to employer’s evolving wants and needs.
  • They get to network with like-minded job seekers that keep them updated on latest job opportunities.

Cons

  • Many have to grapple with the psychological trauma aroused by the feeling of being unwanted.
  • Salt is constantly rubbed on their wounds of discouragement, disappointment and bruised self esteem.
  • They tend to hold grudges with arrogant recruiters and companies that use manipulative recruitment tactics.
  • Out of desperation, some result to manipulative tactics such as bribing and ’connections’ to clinch undeserved jobs.

How then does one Stay Objective Despite Numerous Job Interview Rejections?

#1 Overcome the Fear of Rejection by Being Prepared for the Unexpected

When many interviewees go for interviews, they usually have their hopes held high. However, when they’re rejected, many feel crushed because they succumbed to what haunted them the most. In fact, some use the fear of rejection to act out instead of being themselves. On the other hand, when it comes to confident interviewees, they’ve got the ’come what may’ attitude. Yes, they know that rejection might come when they least expect it. But, they’ve learned countless times to accept the unexpected and try again without the fear of rejection.

#2 Be Indifferent and Unbiased to Avoid Personalizing the Rejection

Yes, it always seems like it’s you who’s being rejected. However, when it comes to professional recruitment, it all boils down to the necessary competence required for a certain job posting. Unfortunately, when you think that you’re the problem, then you automatically conclude that the disqualification was solely based on personal weaknesses which couldn’t be further from the truth. If only you learn to detach personal feelings from professional matters, then you’ll be able to utilize your indifference to your advantage and work on what’s necessary to make it in the next job interview.

#3 Be Accommodative and Tolerant enough to Withstand Harsh Rejection

At times, you will encounter extremely rude and arrogant recruiters that love to mock and brandish their egotistical attitudes. And though it might seem like they’re there to molest your fragile ego, their meaningful advice might actually prove to be useful in the long run. However, if you solely focus on the hurt and grief that comes with harsh rejection, then you’ll be distracted from the very meaningful advice that might turn your fortunes around for the better.

Despite the fact that everyone is entitled to a job interview, in the end, it’s the thought that counts. Because though everyone is usually eager for a job interview, rejection isn’t their favourite pastime. But for the few that have learned to handle rejection, their objectivity and resolve regarding what they want in their careers will remain unshaken even during the toughest of times.

 

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