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Interview Rejection – How to process the rejection

How do you deal with an interview rejection and does it have a positive or negative affect?

Experiencing a rejection from a job interview is almost a rite of passage for everyone as they mature through their career.

It may seem a disheartening experience to go through, but it can be an extremely good learning curve for anyone. Unfortunately, it will take a lot for you to see, in the moment, that being rejected from an interview isn’t always a bad thing.

What can you focus on so that you can move forward positively?

See the positive side! What have you learned from this interview experience?

Everyone is entitled to feedback from an interview, whether you qualified for the role or not. If you have been rejected, then enquire as to what points exactly didn’t work in your favour. Where do they think you can improve upon?

Take note of the feedback given.

Break the feedback down, so that you know which areas are workable and which are just preferences from the company. For example, lack of knowledge of the company can be improved upon by doing research beforehand, whereas some companies are more focused on individuals fitting the culture of the team, they may require a strong, outgoing character but you’re more introverted and focused on your work – this is not a bad thing, just not the right fit for this role!

Did you showcase yourself correctly?

When approaching future interviews, it would be worth spending some time on practise interview questions (there will be a selection at the bottom of this blog to work on). Take the time before to think about scenarios you have been in and how best you can answer these questions.

It will show, in the interview, that you have spent time preparing and that you have made an effort showcasing your desire for the role.

Don’t take it to heart.

Unfortunately, any form of rejection we experience does feel like a personal attack, the rejection is nothing personal against you, it is your skills or how well they believed you would fit with their team. When it comes to a professional interview the reason for a rejection is that you didn’t tick the exact boxes that are required.
This can still hurt but focus on the fact that there will be another role best suited to you and what you can provide.

Don’t carry the rejection ‘baggage’ onto the next interview – wipe it clean.

You don’t want this rejection to affect any other professional possibilities. If you’ve been provided with feedback, build on that for the next interview. You could have been rejected 2 or 20 times, but each first interview is with new people at a new company that have no knowledge of the previous rejections.

As demoralising as it may seem to have a professional rejection, this is something that will happen to everyone at some point, BUT it is something that can be utilised to your own advantage. It may be a small step backwards, but it is providing you with more knowledge than you had before!


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