Handling Interview Rejection

Published: 05th January 2009
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Very occasionally, you may waltz from your first interview into a job you love. More often than not though, you will experience setbacks with the dreaded "Thank you for your interest..." interview rejection letter. This is not unusual - on the contrary, it's normal. However, remaining positive after a rejection can be particularly tough.You may start to feel that the interviewer was being unfair for whatever reason, or that you just weren't good enough, neither of which is necessarily true. Interview rejection is not personal, even though it certainly feels personal; it is business, and you need to treat it as such. Its okay to feel disappointed or even depressed for a minute, but the really important thing is how you come back from the rejection. This is paramount and critical to your ultimate success because this is not the only rejection you will ever receive in life. So, dust the rejection off your feet, learn from it, improve and move on. If you handle the bad new gracefully today, you may be the big winner tomorrow. If you dwell on rejection, you may come to expect it, and not present yourself with full confidence in future interviews.

Don't beat yourself up, thinking you have failed because you haven't. Only one person could get the job, and the company may have picked someone who had something slightly different to offer, perhaps more experience, or more knowledge specific to the job. There may also have been an inside candidate, or the employer might just prefer a different personality or skill set than yours, which probably indicates a job you wouldn't have been happy with for long. And sometimes employers just make dumb decisions!

It's crucial that you don't become obsessive about a rejection, or even a number of them. Keep the turndowns positive, and treat each rejection as a learning experience. Make the effort to find out why you lost out, to see if you could have done something better. Be open to change if necessary. Call your main recruitment contact or someone that can give you first hand feedback on your application and job interview performance. Note that interviewees are now entitled to see any notes taken during an interview, whether successful or not. This is a relatively recent development, due to a code of practice under the Data Protection Act, introduced in February 2002. You will need to write to the recruitment office or human resources department in the organisation which holds the information to ask them to give you more details. However, you should ask your interviewers to give the feedback themselves, and listen to what he or she has to say. Accept the feedback without question. Don't argue the point. If they say something you don't agree with, accept it. Never hesitate to ask what would have made you a stronger candidate; and thereby identify mistakes and where you went wrong. With confidence and enthusiasm in your voice, thank them for the opportunity to interview for the position, to meet them and that you enjoyed learning more about their company. Let them know that your interest in their organization is still high and if some other opportunity in the future arises, you want to be considered. Make sure they know there are no hard feelings. Be sure to keep records of this information, too. By handling your setback in this way, you will improve, and you will succeed!

We also advise celebrating the "almosts." Some people see them as an encouraging sign that they make a good impression on employers, and find that they were great candidates, but on this occasion there happened to be a totally outstanding candidate almost made for a particular job. Realizing that you were a strong candidate, but didn't get that particular job, is a big help in maintaining your energy and self-confidence. Always bear in mind is that for every rejection you receive you are one step closer to a job offer.

Take Off! - Time to Fly!

Now that you have analyzed what you did wrong, made adjustments as necessary, and sharpened what you did well, it's time to get back in the game. Endeavour to apply for a job every few weeks so there is a constant stream of vacancies in the pipeline if you are knocked back. Stay positive, and keep your motivation levels high; the last thing you want is to land another interview and not perform to the best of your ability. Remember, rejection may sting for a while, but perseverence will bring the ultimate reward: career success.

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