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Handling Rejection at Job Interviews

Published: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Even if you put in a great performance at job interviews, that doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get the job. Someone might just pip you to the post with a little more specialist experience or a preferred qualification.

However, when you’ve done your best, yet it wasn’t good enough, that can leave you feeling down and unmotivated when it comes to job searching. However, the fact is, while you didn’t get the job, it shouldn’t be seen as failure. Instead, try to see it as an experience – an experience you can learn from.

Try to get feedbackFemale gaining feedback over the phone

Feedback isn’t always provided in the event of rejection at job interview, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask. If you aren’t told in person, you can always make a call or put together a quick email asking for feedback. That could help put your mind at ease, if, for example, someone has better experience. Of course, any feedback can also be used to fine-tune your performance for a later job interview.

Finding a job isn’t easyStressed female

You can console yourself with the fact that even if there are plenty of job opportunities on the market right now, finding a job is getting harder. Companies are using stricter criteria and putting candidates through more interview stages to make sure they get the right candidate. Recruiting costs money, so today, a lot of businesses can’t afford to get it wrong.

You’re worth it

But by that same rationale, you should be selective too. Not every job offer is right for you. Be aware of your abilities and what you can bring to the table. Don’t be afraid to turn down opportunities if they’re not right, or to ask for time to think about a job offer. If approached by a head-hunter or recruitment agency, do your homework on the role, the company, the culture and the team you’ll be working with to assess how well the opportunity fits in with your expectations.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basketMany eggs in a straw basket

That said, don’t become fixated on one job opportunity when job searching either. Some roles mightn’t look appealing, but with a little research and perhaps a call or email to the company to clarify elements of the role, they’re much better in real life than they appear on a job board, or on paper. Apply to job opportunities in volume and keep your options open until you know the role is not for you.

Be positive

Rejection at a job interview can be disheartening, but it’s important that you stay positive and focussed on finding a job – the right one. Turn each rejection into a learning opportunity and stay alert to new job opportunities as they arise. A male outside with arms out, eyes clsoedFine-tune your CV and your interview patter and, if need be, look at courses or qualifications that could help you on your way to career success. Sooner or later, you will succeed.

In the meantime, why not pop on over to Zoek to see what job opportunities are waiting for you?

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