A popular saying reads that ‘A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success’. So, if you have received a rejection letter after attending a job interview, you should take it as a stepping stone towards success, rather than worrying about it.
If you are worried about rejection, here are some tips that will help you in understanding how to handle rejection after a job interview classified under three major heads:
Steps to take for your personal well being
Face your feelings: When you feel turned down, it will create a great impact on your emotions. Identify what troubles you most and it might be the economic or social pressure that raises doubts about your ability. When you identify the trouble, you can find the solution to get out of it.
Seek support: You can just talk to other job seekers with similar situations. This will be of great help to each other. When you get to know that a successful person has received many such rejections in his life, it will give you some confidence.
Exercise regularly: Remember that a good workout session can be effective in fighting against pain and stress. If you feel a gym membership to be costlier, you can register yourself with free yoga classes or can take a walk around to beat the pressure.
Stress management: You can follow some constructive practices to deal with the stress of being unemployed. You can focus on helping others, listening to music and can take deep breaths to fight against stress.
Steps to shorten your job search:
Think like sales personnel: Generally, people working in the sales department in any organization will be well aware of the fact that they will face of a lot of rejections before they could close a deal. Remember that you are getting close to your goal of finding your dream job and imagine a great success in front of your eyes.
Project confidence: Remember that when you are desperate about something, it will work against you. In addition, keep in mind that companies look for candidates to solve their challenges and so put your worries aside and this will help in creating a good impression in the minds of your next interviewers.
Remain active: Just because you have got a refusal letter from a particular company, it does not mean that you will be rejected in every interview you are going to attend in the future. Do not lose your confidence and remain active in your job search.
Strategy refinement: Remember that you can still learn from your experience. Just because during this job hunt, the job is grabbed by some other person, it does not mean that you are useless. You should learn from your mistakes and should refine your strategies towards job hunt.
Steps to take in specific situations:
Deal with pre-interview rejections: If you are not even called for interview, the reason might be that your cover letter or resume is not up to the standard expected by the company.
So, pre-interview rejections should be dealt with carefully. Double check spelling and grammar in your cover letter and resume and you can ask an HR expert to check these documents to make any corrections.
Respond to post-interview rejections: You might have attended multiple rounds of interview with the same organization, before you were eliminated. In such a case, you should rehearse well for each and every interview and should polish your presentations. You can send thank you letter for considering your application and can request for feedback.
Widen your search: In some industries and in some geographic areas, economic changes have brought about dramatic changes. So, you can consider relocating or look into new lines of work as well.
Get advice: If you are new to the job market, refusals will surely come as a surprise. So, you can take advantage of your college campus career centers to identify the areas, wherein you should work on to avoid future refusals.
Review your qualification: If you are planning to change your career, it is important that you should ascertain if your educational background truly fits the new field. There are chances that you might need additional training to turn yourself suitable for the prospective employer in the new field.
To conclude, remember that each rejection brings you closer to the position that will rightly fit you. So, do not worry about refusals and take them as a means of polishing your skills towards the requirements of the job market. Let success be in your path!