Didn't get the job, here's how to deal with the rejection
Written by Sam Garcia, KRA Workshop Facilitator

Being rejected after a job interview can hurt your confidence. However, while not pleasant, rejection can be blown out of proportion and viewed as a sign of failure. By thinking objectively, you can use it to build core strengths, address areas requiring improvement and better targeting jobs that are a better match.

A good first step is to write a Thank You letter for their professional courtesy to notify you of their decision even though you were not selected. Thank them for their time and hospitality throughout the process. Let them know that, while disappointed, you appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the company and to meet some of the staff. Tell them you remain interested in for their organization and that you would appreciate them contacting you next time a job opportunity becomes available for which you might qualify.

Stay Positive

Take note of what you learned throughout the company’s hiring process. While not often possible, try to get feedback on how you might improve your candidacy for future jobs with that company or other employers in general.

Be More Selective

The job market is more competitive today than ever. That means that you should be more selective about where you apply, ensuring that you are a good match, and being very specific about the skills and qualifications you bring to the table. Employers want to know your benefits and there is not better way to do that than by providing examples of results and achievements performing the same key skills they value in previous employment situations.

Address the issues

One of the most common reasons for being turned down is a lack of technical knowledge. To improve in this area, you may adapt your answers for technical questions with more precision or pursue further education or training to bolster your qualifications. Whenever possible, get feedback from the company, headhunter or whoever referred you to the job opportunity.

Another common reason for rejection is presenting poorly at the job interview. Make sure your job interview skills are polished and practice out loud with a coach or even a friend before each job interview. Remember: Employers hire people they like because they have demonstrated that they can do the job and that they fit in.

Final Thoughts

It is helpful to write down as many of the job interview question that was asked immediately after the interview while they are still fresh in your mind. Make notes of how you answered each question to help figure out what worked and what didn’t. Record any impressions/messages you received from the interviewer(s) through facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, gestures, etc. If you pay close attention to such signals, you may be able to gain greater knowledge than what they may be willing to provide verbally after the fact.

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