How to handle job rejection

Posted on August 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Being rejected after a job interview can severely dent your confidence. Many candidates tortuously dwell on being turned down, often forgetting the bigger picture. Rejection, while not pleasant, can often be blown out of proportion and viewed as a sign of failure. However, by thinking objectively, candidates can use it to build on their core strengths, address development points and ultimately find a job that suits them best.

  1. Do not be too hard on yourself

    It is easy to get down on yourself when you are rejected for a job, but it is important to keep a positive outlook. The more you let a rejection get you down, the more it will hurt your confidence the next time you go in for a job interview. Remember, a job rejection is not a failure. It is simply you not being the missing piece that fits that employer’s puzzle at this point in time.

  2. Ask for feedback

    While most employers refrain from sharing solid feedback if you do not get the job, there is no harm in asking for a constructive feedback. While you might not like what you hear, at least you will get information that can help your campaign and erase any doubts about why you did not get an offer. If you are rejected for a job, accept it and move on. You probably were not the best candidate. It is very easy to blame external forces to justify your own failures but avoid this approach at any cost.

  3. Respond with gratitude

    You are hurt, but now is not the time to get angry or hide in a corner to pout. After all, anything could still happen. Their top choice could back out, they could have a change of heart, or the employer might have another job opening soon. Your email response should be courteous and positive. The key is to avoid burning any bridges while also leaving a positive impression with the employer. You never know what might happen.

  4. Narrow your search

    Be highly selective with where you apply. Do not be afraid to turn down opportunities pitched to you as perfect by headhunters and recruitment agencies if you feel they are not right. Where you feel you are suitable, research the role, the company, its culture and the team you will be working with in as much detail as possible to gauge how appropriate you are before accepting an interview.