Receiving a job rejection can make you feel pretty disheartened. Especially after spending ages tailoring your CV for the position, writing a perfect cover letter and preparing tirelessly for what you felt like was a great performance at the job interview.
After all this effort, it can be tempting to just give up, but there are lessons to learn from every job rejection. Remember to always ask for feedback, so you understand how you came across in the interview, where you went wrong and the reasons why you weren’t chosen. You can then use this feedback to improve on certain areas for your next job interview.
Here are a few lessons that you can learn from a job rejection:
1. Show your personality
Whilst it’s important to show that you have the skills and experience that the company is looking for, don’t try to be somebody you’re not. Be yourself and show some personality. Employers are also interested in whether a candidate would suit the culture of the company and fit in with the team.
2. Identify your strengths AND weaknesses
Identifying your strengths is easy, but many candidates struggle when the dreaded ‘what is your biggest weakness’ question gets asked at a job interview. It’s actually a strength in itself that you realise you have weaknesses. Provide the interviewer with an honest answer, that you can turn into a positive, explaining how you have overcome/are working to overcome it. Being able to do this shows self awareness are your commitment to self improvement and personal development.
3. Show your inquisitive side
Not asking questions in a job interview is a sure fire route to a job rejection. Before the interview you should have prepared a number of questions to ask the interviewer, which will enable you to learn everything you want to know about the role and the company. Asking these questions demonstrates that you are truly interested in the job. But don’t just save your questions until the end, ask them throughout the interview to show you’re listening to what the interviewer is saying and to maintain a two way process.
4. Keep your options open
Don’t pin all your hopes on one role. Despite what seemed like a successful interview, there could always be another candidate that the company deems more suitable for the role. So rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, continue to look for other opportunities whilst waiting for feedback. The more jobs you apply for and interview for, the more you can learn about yourself, and the higher your chances of being offered one.
4. Don’t give up!
Your confidence can take a hit when you get a job rejection. But don’t feel too dejected if you aren’t offered the first job that you are interviewed for.
As Thomas A. Edison said…
“I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work”
Success takes time and persistence. Take any feedback you have been given after a job rejection on board, learn from it, improve on it, and your time will come!
Now is the time to find your next interview with JAM and put the lessons you have learnt to practice!