How to handle a rejection after an interview?
Dear job candidates, if you are serious about your job search and you nailed an interview for a job you really want then you’re excited and waiting for that oh-so-important call saying you’re hired! But alas, it doesn’t come. After that excitement, you get voicemail or email from the interviewer indicating they are going to keep your resume for future opportunities. This, of course, can be frustrating. In this case, it is very important to remember that the way you handle rejection is just as important as the skills on your CV when it comes to securing a new role.
If you think deeply then you sure knock your confidence and make you doubt your abilities, it could negatively affect your performance in future interviews. For your long-term career, here we mention simple things to remember to help you remain positive, optimistic and motivated.
It’s not all about You:
This is very simple to take a rejection personally by blaming your personality or interview technique on your failure to land the job. You don’t try to read too much into your rejection, such type of decisions is rarely based solely on your performance. If you have eligibility then you think for future prepared fully and tried your best, there’s little else you could have done. For example, other candidates may have been a very strong knowledge who is already familiar with the business, or another candidate with slightly more relevant experience than you. Such type of things you cannot change; they’re beyond your control.
Rejection in the interview is not feedback:
Don’t think too much that everything you’re doing is wrong because you didn’t get the job. You need to ask the recruiter or employer for more detailed feedback about your interview in order to help you improve. You have to remember that, interview feedback can sometimes be bland and unhelpful, so do seek out other genuinely useful feedback where possible. Candidates need to seek the advice of an HR professional and try out a mock interview in order to practice and get some constructive criticism.
A Good approach:
You don’t carry interview baggage around with you and go for the job opportunity with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Update your CV to best match a new opportunity and prepare for a new interview. Don’t be nervous if you felt unprepared in your last interview – learn from this but don’t keep it at the forefront of your mind, it will only make you nervous. Every company and the hiring manager is different and will have a different idea for the ‘ideal candidate. Just Keep a fresh approach while remaining true to your personality and your relevant experience.
Focus on the Negatives:
There will undoubtedly be positives to take away from your interview, but they aren’t necessarily the things you’re going to learn from. Apart from that, you have to think about what went wrong, and how you can stop making the same mistakes in your next interview. Don’t think too hard about things which probably didn’t affect the recruiter’s decision. Candidates need to pay more attention to the dress code or those factors during your preparation will pay dividends in the long run.
Write down your skills on paper:
Being able to voice what makes you a good fit for the role is absolutely vital. If you’re going to sell yourself to your interviewer that this will also allow you to take comfort and grow your confidence. You need to become more aware of your abilities by creating a list of your core strengths that you think represent you best. By this way, you’ll build on your confidence on a personal level, and will also be able to get across the real you as much as possible in your next interview. If you’ve made your list, then you need to matching it to the job description to see how closely you align – and use those similarities to help you impress.
Complete your homework:
You need to go back to basics and do some more homework and use your last interview as a template to guide how you can improve. When things don’t quite go to plan in an interview that this is very frustrating. But if you’re being honest with yourself, getting turned down by a recruiter won’t always come as a surprise. You have to spend lots of time on your preparation that will give your research a greater sense of direction and provides you with some much-needed reassurance before the big day. After that, you will definitely beat going into interview preparation blindly.
Keep learning and developing:
We know, your confidence can take a hit when you get a rejection, so it is very important to work hard at keeping your morale and motivation levels up and think positive. Especially, when you’re not in working with other company or your notice period is over, this is a good idea to keep your skills sharpened and your experience up-to-date. You can join a part-time training course (if relevant), a mentorship or a voluntary position in a company of interest. You can boost your confidence, give yourself a focus outside your job hunt and provide a discussion point in your next interview.
Start your job search from scratch:
This is happened several candidates choose wrong jobs so you might simply be applying to the wrong jobs for you. You have to think about whether the jobs relevantly match your background and experience instead of applying for every attractive vacancy in your sector, If your skill does not match for recruiter job, you’re only wasting the recruiter’s time if you’re invited to interview – not to mention your own. So, make sure you put everything you’ve learned from previous rejection to good use. After all, experience (positive and negative) is the best way to get the job that’s right for you in the long run.
At last, we advise you if you didn’t get your dream job, don’t go down! Feeling deflated after your last interview. There are the numbers of opportunities and jobs around that you can apply to and fall in love with. You have to take this as a learning opportunity and commit to improving your job search moving forward.