5 Top Tips on How to Handle Rejection after a Job Interview.
When it comes to job interviews, some people think that, when they’ve been rejected, that’s it. They’ve failed. It was a waste of time. Done. However, when you look at an unsuccessful job interview differently, it can become a great learning opportunity, and help you succeed in a future job interview.
How? Well, if you haven’t already figured it out from the title of this blog, we’re about to tell you! Here are 5 top tips on how to handle rejection after a job interview:
The first tip we have for you is to self-assess your performance. If possible, make notes following the interview of what happened, and any areas you think you could improve on. This includes expecting questions, your answers, and [YOUR BODY LANGUAGE]. However, it’s not the end of the world if you haven’t done this.
Think back to the interview as best you can and try to do the same. If there are any points you believe you could do better, practice, and work on these before your next interview. Don’t overlook this point, however, as the way you handle unexpected questions can be crucial to your performance during an interview. It won’t solve issues such as you not being qualified for the role, but it will certainly improve your chances of landing the role next time.
One of the best ways to handle rejection and improve your interviewing skills is to build resilience. This is easier said than done but can only be achieved through hard work.
Unless you’re the world’s most skilled human being of all time, you’re going to experience rejection at some point in your working career. Most likely in the form of a post-interview scenario. To build resilience, you must understand all areas of the job interview process. Mainly, the fact you’re not the only person applying for the role. Because of this, there’s likely to be other equally qualified, if not more qualified candidates applying. This is no reflection on your ability and shouldn’t be taken personally. However, it’s important to remember that applying for jobs is a competitive space. The best way is to prepare for the best, expect the worst, dust yourself off, and move on. That’s the only way you’ll build resilience and resist the urge to let an unsuccessful interview get you down.
It’s also important to remember that rejection following a job interview is not feedback, and therefore not a reflection on your abilities, or you as a person. It simply means that someone more qualified or more suited to the role also applied for the role.
Ask for Feedback.
In some situations, you may be able to ask for feedback following an unsuccessful interview. Understand that this isn’t always guaranteed, but it’s always worth asking. However, it’s important also to understand that you may receive a cookie-cutter response, with a generic apology and unspecific reason as to why you’ve been unsuccessful.
Where possible, you can ask for detailed feedback, but this isn’t always a guarantee. So, our tip is to ask for feedback, but expect a generic answer. You never know, you may get some advice on how to improve.
Understand Your Search.
We understand that, when you’re applying for jobs, you may want to cast a wide net. However, this tip focuses on potentially narrowing and refining your search if you’ve been rejected from multiple job interviews.
You may be struggling to find success because of how wide your search is. This means that you’re maybe failing to land the role because you’re applying for jobs that don’t suit your skill set or personality. Of course, there’s no harm in applying for these types of jobs, and you wouldn’t be the first person to land a job when you weren’t expecting to. However, if you’re being rejected time and time again, it may be because you’re applying for the wrong type of job.
Of course, we’re not saying you shouldn’t be testing the waters and applying for different types of jobs, but it’s important to understand that this may be why you’re not finding success. Understanding this will help you to build resilience, which is a point we’ve made earlier in this blog.
Know It’s Not About You.
Although this blog is about you, it’s important to understand that, arguably, a job interview is not about you. Rather, it’s about the business you’re interviewing for.
As important as it is to have self-confidence and believe in your abilities, a job interview is about the potential investment the business will be making. When a business interviews a potential candidate, they have to consider the financial aspect, how well you’ll work in the role, how well you’ll fit into the team, and more. And, as we’ve mentioned previously, many aspects that go into succeeding in a job interview. But the bottom line is this – job interviews are about the company.
As they’re investing in more than one sense of the word, they’re going to want the best possible candidate for the role. From business to business, the term ‘best’ changes. Some will consider best to mean the cheapest, others will consider it to mean who has the most potential, and some will consider it to mean the best to hit the ground running. So, you must understand that many uncontrollable factors weigh against you, tipping the scales in the direction of you being unsuccessful. With this, it’s important to understand that some areas that factor into succeeding in a job interview are out of your hands.
So, you can do your best in a job interview, including wearing the right clothes and avoiding these mistakes, but sometimes there’s nothing more you can do. Understanding this will help you to, once again, build resilience, and handle any rejection you may receive following a job interview.
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next interview!