So you have applied for a lot of jobs, you have had some no’s, but you have finally received an interview confirmation.
You then receive the dreaded phone call to say you have been unsuccessful. If this sounds familiar and you are finding it hard to take any positives from the whole process, TheEmployable has 4 ways in which you can deal with interview rejection:
Getting rejected at interview is part of the job search process, at the end of the day, only one person can be successful. So when you are rejected, this is an opportunity to improve your chances for next time. Contact the employer or recruitment agency and ask for feedback about where you fell down, as well as what your strengths were.
After gaining feedback from the interview, the next thing to do is learn from and improve on the weaknesses that were identified. Your weaknesses could be anything from general performance in the interview, the answer you gave to a particular question or even your work experience compared to other candidates. The best thing to do is work on and improve on those issues.
Of course, when you have been rejected at interview stage it is only natural to be disappointed. It can be particularly tough when you have all your hopes pinned on that specific role. Though this is an opportunity to learn more and take valuable advice. Being able to deal with rejection professionally will also shape how you come across in the future. If you complain and don’t seek feedback on where you went wrong, will mean you have fewer opportunities to learn and improve.
This can be easier said than done, especially if you’re unemployed and actively job hunting. Trying to keep job rejection in perspective can help control the overall disappointment you naturally feel, especially over a long period of time. By getting to interview stage, this suggests that the employer saw potential in your application or CV, so there is no shame in coming a close second, third or fourth.
What will be a shame is if you don’t follow the points above, which will help you gain more successful job interviews next time around.
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Rob Griffiths is the Recruitment Manager at Red Recruitment Solutions Ltd, an independent office recruitment agency in Shrewsbury. The team have experience recruiting staff throughout Shropshire and the...