What you can learn from not landing that job

The simple underlying fact is that many more people are turned down for jobs than get them. Learning from each experience is central to possibly landing the next one you apply for.

Learning to handle rejection is one of most important skills you can develop in your job search.

If you are afraid of rejection you will be less likely to pursue opportunities that suit your skills. And it certainly won’t help you in an interview. Make sure you prepare yourself psychologically by understanding why you may not succeed. 

Just know that it’s going to happen, it’s not personal, even though it feels that way. You are definitely not alone, and you are not in the minority, acknowledge that there are often 100 candidates for one position. That means 99 rejections.

You are not defined by your rejection because hiring decisions are typically subjective, it is entirely possible that another recruiter might have chosen you.

If you respond unprofessionally or negatively to their rejection letter, phone call or email, they may let their network know. No one wants to hire someone who can’t handle challenging situations or constructive criticism. Employers want to know how you can help them, not how they can help you.

Be aware that the people who interview you are guaranteed to know other people within that same industry or network and in a variety of other industries as well.

But, here’s an important tip for every job interviewee to remember.

Every opportunity is a networking opportunity… every job interview can lead to a job. – even if it’s not the one you applied for. So put the best you forward, be professional and present your natural self.

Good impressions last. It may be for another role, later on. It may be for a role someone in their network needs that special someone for. You never know interviewing positively can give you more than that one chance.

Your professional validations are your strengths. Recognizing your strengths and ability to succeed in the face of challenge is a simple exercise that can instantly shift you to a more positive mindset.

Coming to grips with this fact and learning to accept rejection as part of the process will help build your mental and emotional armour. Stay positive and identify opportunities that you are passionate about. That passion will show through in interviews… and you’ll land that role you were meant to get.

Think about it this way. Hardly anyone lands every job they apply for. There are too many factors, variables and agendas (we don’t know about) that effect the employer’s final decision.

Maintaining a positive attitude is the key to dealing with job rejection. The minute you remember how talented and skilled you are, and that the job that’s meant for you is still out there, your mojo will come back!


The team at ProActiv People can help you get your headspace clear and your mind on getting that job. Give us a call and… let’s get to work!

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