How to deal with interview rejection

Arran Williams, January 21, 2016

Unfortunately rejection is a part of life that everyone must endure at some point.

Much like unrequited love, a job rejection can be tough to take and incredibly discouraging. As tough as it may be, it’s important to pick yourself back up and not let it deter you from achieving your goals.

Many see it as sign of failure, however if approached in the right way a rejection can provide increased determination, build your character and increase the chance of eventually bagging your dream job!

We have put together our top tips that will hopefully help you move forward from disappointment and drive you to great success.

Don’t take it so personally

The simple fact of the matter could be that, however well you may have done, someone else was better suited to the job.

This could come down to factors such as the company having an internal employee already trained, the hiring manager being overruled by someone higher than them or they may have simply have found a better fit for their company rather than the for role itself.

At the end of the day all of these things are out of your control, so try not to be so hard on yourself.

Improve on your faults

Sometimes we can leave an interview kicking ourselves because we knew straight away where we went wrong. Maybe it was your nerves that made you freeze and stopped you answering a question as well as you know you could. There are simple interview techniques that you can use to help you overcome which can be applied for the next time around.

One simple technique is STAR (situation, task, action and result). This can help you to come up with good examples with a strong narrative and allow you to keep the conversation flowing. Read more about STAR here.

It’s important not to dwell on your mistakes but learn from them and move forward positively.

Get Clued up

sherWere you fully prepared to answer questions on what the job actually entailed?
It could be that you needed to spend a bit more time learning the ins and outs of what would be expected of you. Check of our blog here on the top 15 interview questions to give you a better guideline.

If you feel that you were unprepared, just use this as a learning curve and make thorough notes for next time.

Move on

Don’t bring the baggage from the previous interview into your next one. Approach each new opportunity with a fresh attitude and new state of mind. Take the lessons that you learnt from before and apply it to the now. Also remember to tailor your CV to each individual application to make it relevant to the company you are applying for.

Also, don’t forget each company culture will be different. So if your character didn’t fit into one, there are plenty of others out there where you will be the perfect fit.

Get feedback

Getting feedback is an essential part of dealing with interview rejection. Don’t feel embarrassed asking for it as this is a very reasonable request.

Making the interviewer aware of how important feedback is to you will show them how committed you are to your self development, this could potentially work in your favour in future recruitment campaigns.

The best way to do this would be by email, expressing again your interest in the role and welcoming any feedback (be that positive or negative).

Look on the bright side

look-on-the-bright-side-dayFinally, if you still feel like you need any more encouragement, remember even Walt Disney dealt with rejection before his career took off and he turned out alright!

Good luck!