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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