The setting was perfect - you had the exact skills and the correct experience that the job required, it offered the perfect salary, benefits and location - and yet, you still got the dreaded rejection email.
“Thank you for your interest in the position, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful at this time”
The simple fact is that everyone gets rejected from jobs when they first start out. It doesn’t matter how good of a candidate they are, rejection is almost inevitable. The best thing that you can do is to learn from the interviews and improve your CV as your experience grows.
#1 Think Positive
If you gave the job application and interview your best shot, then there is nothing more that you can do! Don’t beat yourself up over the job, just try to keep a positive outlook towards it and accept that it wasn’t meant to be. There is no point getting depressed about getting rejected for a job, the competition is fierce right now. If you haven’t been rejected for at least one job in your life then you haven’t done much job hunting. Most of your early interviews are going to be a learning curve. This helps you to improve your answers and makes you more confident.
How about refocusing on something else and taking a small break from applying for jobs. Many people spend 25+ hours a week applying for jobs, therefore it is important that you separate yourself from this by taking on a different project (only for a while!), it could be learning a new skill, language or just doing some exercise. This will make you feel like you accomplished something and help you approach your job search with a fresh perspective. The important thing is that you are taking some time to step away from the job hunt. If you spend all your time job hunting and not getting anywhere then you will start to feel depressed.
#2 Ask for Feedback
While many companies do not readily offer feedback regarding a candidate’s unsuccessful application, it is important that you at least try. The best way to grow is to learn from our mistakes. The only way we can do this is by realizing what our mistakes were. If you cannot figure out what you did wrong yourself, then try asking the interviewer by email or phone, especially if you think you did quite well in the interview. This can really improve your confidence if it turns out that you did really well it is just that there was a stronger candidate than you. It can stop you from becoming depressed and inspire you to pursue similar roles.
#3 Always Learn From Your Mistakes
The job market is vast with endless opportunities; however the tough competition of today’s market makes it difficult to actually land a job. It is important that you learn from your previous mistakes in applying for a position. Every time you apply for a new job vacancy, think about what you did and what the outcome was. Evolve and adapt, remember Darwin? Your applications should get better all the time, as should your interview skill, its only logical that with practice comes perfection. Obviously you will have a few hiccups. But overall you will get better with each rejection you receive.
The main point of this post is that rejection is almost inevitable. So when you do get rejected for a job role don’t take it personally and instead learn from the rejection. The more you learn from each rejection the better you will do at your next job interview. Turn your weaknesses into strengths!
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