In today’s rapidly dynamic workplace, as companies transform themselves and technology is changing majorly, resilience is essential for long term success. Our Candidate Manager, Tanith Spong, advises on how best to uncover the benefits of handling job rejections.
Getting turned down for a job you have spent hours preparing for can be disheartening. Whether it was the career of your dreams, or simply an end to a means, these are steps you can take to turn rejection into a positive. Staying positive and using these 5 simple steps can create a career development opportunity for anyone in this situation.
Ask for Feedback
Although being rejected after what felt like a promising interview can be disappointing, it is a great opportunity to improve and assess your interviewing skills. Requesting feedback will help you understand areas you may be weaker in (showing confidence, lack of understanding of the company, etc) and help you grow these areas and better prepare for future interviews.
Don’t be afraid to ask for more detailed feedback if you’re unhappy with the amount they have provided. You have put time and effort into your end of the interview, the interviewer should do the same!
Review and Research
After you’ve had your feedback, it is important to action what the interviewee has said and use this to prepare for any upcoming interviews.
Taking into account the feedback you were given, break down the interview process, and analyse what you could have done differently. If you went through multiple interview stages, rank your performance for each part, and determine where there may be room for improvement. Ask yourself, “what do I think went well, what could I have done differently?” and make sure it coincides with the feedback you were provided
There is always room to improve, so be sure to turn any setbacks into positives.
Creating a personal development plan
Personal development plans are a great way to compile interview feedback and ensure you action any tips moving forward. You can take a look at preview feedback and analyse to see if you have made any improvements since the last time. What are your development priorities? Do you keep making the same mistake? Make sure to highlight any recurring pieces of feedback/notes of improvement as something to continue working on. Use them as a focal point for the way you approach your next interview, so you don’t make the same mistake again.
Once you have your list, you can begin turning it into a plan. How can you fix the gaps in your performance? Depending on the feedback, you may want to look at some online training or informal coaching! Youtube has some great tips on interview preparation, or feel free to reach out to the recruiter you’re working with!
Positive and negative feedback can also help you to realise that sometimes rejection is simply out of your control and can even be in your best interest in the long run.
Once the interviewer has made the decision, unfortunately, some things can’t be changed– if the interviewer prefers someone with substantial project management experience (which you may not have) or they want someone who speaks a certain language (and you cannot speak it as well), then it pays to be composed. The key is to focus on the things you can realistically change.
Team fit plays a vital part in any successful working environment. So even if you’d felt your interview went well, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the role within that specific company was well for you.
Clarify your search
Sometimes after an interview, the feedback process can make you realise that, although it’s disheartening being rejected, the role didn’t, on contemplation, feel like the right fit for you either.
If the feedback you were provided includes things such as “not the experience, we require” or “lacking required qualifications” it may be time to clarify your search. Make sure to clearly read the job specification and be certain you have the required knowledge, experience, and qualifications to ensure you’re not wasting your time and the interviewers' time. As well as this, it’s important you are excited and enthusiastic about the role, as an interviewer will be able to tell if you’re not genuine about starting this job.
In today’s rapidly dynamic workplace, as companies transform themselves and technology is changing majorly, resilience is essential for long term success. By seeing each setback as a positive frame of mind will help you deal with any further disappointment in a positive demeanor resulting in a higher chance of landing a suitable role.
Above all, getting rejected from a job happens to almost everybody, however, the most important thing is to take away what you learn from the whole experience.