Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
JOB SEARCH / JUL. 18, 2013
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What To Do When You Don’t Get The Job

Many of us experience job rejections throughout different stages of our employment lives, and these are a natural part of the employment process. When interviewing for a particular job, there are always feelings of anxiety and worry that you may not get the job and these feelings will naturally be enhanced when a rejection letter comes through. If you met all of the qualifications, researched the company thoroughly and felt that the interview went well, then feelings of disappointment and letdown will undoubtedly kick in.

Actions to take after an unsuccessful interview 

When you receive confirmation that you have not been successful for the position, it is important to respond as politely and graciously as possible. Thank the recruiter for their time and effort in considering you as a potential candidate for the position and for taking the time to interview you.

Responding to a rejection letter

Responding to a rejection letter is a way of ensuring that a situation does not become irrevocable. In many instances, you may have been exceptionally close to being the selected candidate, but circumstances meant that you just weren’t right for the role in this particular instance. However this does not mean that the recruiter will not consider you for a future position.

Understanding why you were unsuccessful

It is also worthwhile to find out why you were not successful for the position. There is no harm in calling the HR manager to inquire as to why somebody else was chosen over you. Remain polite and understanding, as the answer can help you to determine whether you need to improve on your interview skills or learn how to tailor particular answers in a certain way. Showing the company that you are willing to learn and improve on your skills could mean that you will be successful should a new position become available in the future.  

Understand why you wanted to job in the first place. Oftentimes people apply for jobs thinking that they are the perfect candidate for the role, however it is important to take an educated look at the reasons why you were unsuccessful. Bear in mind that if the interviewer thought you were not the right person for the role, then they were more than likely correct in their decision. In this respect, you have been saved from unanticipated troubles that you would have faced had they given you the position.

Once you have ascertained why you were unsuccessful in getting this particular job, do not give up. Finding employment can be a demanding and difficult task, particularly within a competitive industry or when the economy isn’t doing well. Finding the right employment takes time and patience. Try every employment opportunity available, including talking to friends and family and finding out if anyone knows anyone who can talk with you about your chosen career. Talking with people could all open a door for you at a desirable job. It is important not to give up searching for employment, and to ensure that you are targeting every employment opportunity available.

Whilst looking for work, it may be worthwhile to take a communications course, as speaking and writing well always reflects positively on a job candidate. Even people who already communicate well can often benefit from learning how to project a more "corporate" image, and in today’s tough environment, any additional skills will be more than worthwhile.

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