What to do after being rejected at a job interview

Rejection hurts. During your job search, most of you will experience being rejected more than being accepted. This is why it’s important to understand what rejection is as part of your interview preparation.

You’ll handle interview rejection gracefully by reframing it as normal. By understanding that being rejected is par for the course, you won’t be devastated.

Five easy steps to take for handling being rejected

After an interviewer tells you “thanks but no thanks,” YOUR FIRST STEP is to ask for feedback. But you need to be careful during the process of asking by keeping the conversation focused on the business needs of the organization.

You could say how disappointed you are about not being able to help the company at this time, then ask what your presentation lacked and if you could be considered for a position at a later date.

THE SECOND STEP is to take the personal viewpoint that not hiring you is their loss, not yours.

THE THIRD STEP is to turn the rejection into a positive experience by writing down what you might have done differently. Do this after each interview as part of your own debriefing and then refer to it any time you feel badly. That’s when you’re motivated the most to learn.

YOUR FOURTH STEP is to understand that your job search can be a lengthy process that you go through and it eventually results in a job offer. That means the “no’s” you get will eventually turn into a “yes.”

And STEP FOUR is to look at being rejected as a learning experience. Then the emotional pain rejection might cause will be considerably less.

You might not be happy about being rejected but remember that today’s rejection becomes tomorrow’s victory.

You can also read How To Cope With Rejection During Your Job Search, another related article on Your Career Service.com. 

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About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.