Lessons you can learn from rejection in an interview

Interview calls demand days of preparation and practice, and what is the sole objective of the job seeker in all this? Crack it at the first go and land the coveted job. Does that play out fairly for everyone at the end of an interview session? It does not, and rejection for a few is but inevitable.

Remember an employer will inevitably choose the best and most ideal resource for a job requirement. A strict process of scrutiny and selection is but inevitable in a competitive employment market. Well, yes, your hard work, hopes, and motivation might take a beating, and you might feel let down. It is the bare truth; getting rejected can be devastating for a few. But find a means to cope and working on shortcomings can help you emerge stronger and a lot more prepared for the next.

Rejected in an interview? Move on and learn these lessons.

Believe in the fact that rejection can help fetch a job sooner or later —that is, if you take the time to learn from it. Now that is mandatory.

1)     Nothing is personal stop blaming yourself.

You can brood over what happened but recollect events and think through once again for more clarity. The expectations of an interviewer can fall out of place with yours, but this is no fault of yours.  It could be budget, a specific skill expected, experience, or other genuine reasons.  

2)     Develop an optimistic attitude- the doors are not entirely shut.

Many companies allow re-application and entry after a specific time frame or when more vacancies arise. It is important to remember that rejection is not eternal. Hiring managers are aware that mistakes are common, and second chance can come up in no time.

3)     Learn what went wrong and identify your shortcomings.

Reach out to the company post receiving communication of rejection to ask for feedback. You might not necessarily obtain answers that you are expecting, but still there remains a chance of receiving some form of feedback. For all, you know this attitude might be welcomed in most organizations and earn some appreciation too.  You never know, a rejection letter may turn to be your next offer letter! Otherwise, receive the feedback positively and note down every little bit that was pointed out.

4)     Correct your mistakes and make a change.

We all live in a complex and competitive job environment, and therefore, your skills always have scope for improvement. There must be relevant hard work and efforts to upskill, take up additional projects or internships. Learn to communicate better if that was mentioned as a shortcoming; enroll in a training course and work on making changes. All of us have our flaws and can make mistakes. What differentiates an individual is his or her ability to improve and overcome them.

5) Keep an eye on your resume at all times.

As discussed in one of the earlier blogs, the resume is the face of a jobseeker that a prospective employer first sees. Try and align your resume to the requirements of a job every time. Further-

  • Keep your profile catchy and to the point. No essays are needed.
  • Include only relevant information in your resume.
  • Mention strengths and challenges handled that would lend an edge for you over others.

6)  EQ is important.

With an ever-changing work culture and job demands, employers have been increasingly stressing on a jobseeker’s EQ as a part of the hiring process. Working on how one can handle different situations, challenges will reflect on a robust emotional capability and therefore tilt the odds in favor of one.

Take up exercises to understand your own goals, objectives, and drive that would help you strengthen your EQ levels.

7) Equip yourself with more than one competence.

Having a plan B always helps for if there is an opening in an alternate stream, you can give it a good shot.  Being stuck to one specific job role might only lead to stagnation and narrowing down the scope for growth and opportunities.

8) Work on obtaining multiple opportunities.

Line up more than one interview, plan, and apply for jobs in such a manner. You can work smart, keep track, and give all interviews the best shot and therefore can stay assured of one position or the other. It can save you from nursing rejection, while the efforts that go into preparation is balanced.

9)  Never give up.

No matter what make yourself a commitment to never give up on your efforts. Explore every opportunity that can help you advance your skills, take corrective action, and make a tangible change. If everything seems bleak, volunteer someplace and take up pro-bono work – this can turn out to be fetching in the long run.

Finally, allow us to sign off with this wonderful quote by Bill Gates- “It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Rejection at an interview might sound like a failure- what it indeed brings home are lessons that need to be learned to deal with a future that follows.


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