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How to cope with rejection whilst interviewing

Posted on 14/08/2015 by Jason Rumney


It can always be disheartening to receive rejection letters or calls after sending out copious amounts of CV’s. However, dealing with rejection is an inevitable part of job hunting. Don’t lose hope and treat each rejection as a learning opportunity.

Here are some strategies and tips to help you cope with rejection:

1) Don’t take things personally

Don’t take the rejections personally. There are many reasons why an employer may reject your job application. Maybe they can’t afford the salary you are asking for, or maybe another candidate have a better skill set than you do. There’s another job opportunity out there, so move on.

2) Share your disappointment privately

We know it can be frustrating to be rejected, and one of the best ways to let out your frustration is through venting and sharing.It’s okay to share your feelings with close friends and family, but avoid doing so on social media at all costs! Just this week I had someone after a bad interview vent their feelings on Twitter. Eventually they took the post down but the client & I were both not impressed. This can really be a bit hindrance to you in the future ( see point 5). You’ll come off as unprofessional and you never know who’s reading your tweets or posts.

3) Ask for constructive feedback

Some employers may not offer you any feedback when you don’t get the job, but there is no harm in asking. Recruiters in general I feel are poor at interview feedback to candidates which is not always helpful. If this is the case then I apply a general rule (unless stated otherwise); A week or more of no feedback more often than not is a “no”,so move on.

4) Review your job search process

Whether you receive any feedback from an employer or not, you should reflect on your experience. Review your process to see what you can do better. Take a look at the job description again. Are you missing some necessary skills? If you were the hiring manager, would you hire someone with your skill set?

5) Network with the interviewer

Despite being rejected, thank the interviewer for giving you an opportunity. You may impress them by handling the rejection with maturity and class. Connect with them on social media such as LinkedIn. If they are impressed with you, they may recommend you to other people in their network.

Always remember job hunting requires resilience and persistence. There are still many opportunities out there.

Pick yourself back up and look for the next best opportunity. The more applications you send out, the greater your chances of finding your dream job.

I am interested to hear ideas/experiences from you all What is your general rule of thumb on giving feedback?