How To Bounce Back From A Job Interview Rejection

It can be pretty disheartening when you’ve done everything in your power to ace an interview and then find out a couple of days later that you’ve been a victim of job interview rejection. We’ve all been there. The most important thing to remember is not to focus on the outcome of the interview, but rather concentrate on a solution to avoid it from happening again.

Common reasons why candidates are turned down after job interviews

  • "The applicant didn’t give a strong enough reason for wanting to leave their current job."
  • "The candidate didn’t fully grasp the responsibilities of the job they applied for." 
  • "The applicant didn’t do enough company research before the interview." 
  • "The applicant came across as uncommitted/disinterested/ unenthusiastic." 
  • "The candidate's experience is not the right match for the job."

So, how do you put a positive spin on an interview rejection? Let’s look at the options.

Short Term:

Be polite

If you applied for the job through a recruitment agency, then your recruiter is the first point of contact when it comes to receiving feedback from your interview. Even if you don’t receive the result you were hoping for, it’s crucial that you remain courteous and polite. We would recommend dropping the interviewer an email to thank them for their time. If you haven’t got their email address, ask your recruiter if it would be appropriate for them to pass it along to you.

You should never close any doors with a company even if you haven’t been lucky first time round. You never know what the future holds.

Get feedback

If you haven’t received any specific feedback outlining the reasons behind your rejection, then you should speak to your recruiter or the company directly and do some investigating. If recruiters have good relationships with their clients, then they should receive specific feedback about each of the candidates that have interviewed. Use the criticism that they provide constructively.

Long Term:

Evaluate your job search

If you’ve been turned down for a job because your experiences didn’t fit with the position, then perhaps it’s worth reevaluating your job hunt. Are you applying for the right jobs? Do they match with your experience and aspirations? As the job market becomes more competitive, recruiters and hiring managers are pickier when it comes to candidate selection. You need to narrow your job search so that you’re applying for roles that you match strongly with. If you are looking to make a career transition to a new function or sector, you need to hammer home how your current experiences can apply to an entirely new role.

Assess your interview techniques

If you were turned down for reasons related to the way that you behaved in your interview or the answers that you gave, then it’s time to think about how your interview technique could be improved. There’s nothing worse than being turned down for your dream job because you failed to sell your abilities in the interview. If nerves got the better of you, then do some more practice with friends or family members to get familiar with an interview setting.

Everyone has different ways of dealing with the interview process, which is why it’s imperative to find out why you’ve been turned down for a job – or indeed several jobs – in the past. Then you can take a step back and coach yourself to improve your technique.

Build up your pipeline

If you’ve done everything possible to improve on those pointers from your recruiter or interviewer, then it’s time to move on and build up your pipeline again. Start contacting people online via professional networks like LinkedIn. Join events where you know other influential people will be attending. These are more creative ways to get yourself out there aside from the bog-standard job application process. Not every job opportunity is advertised, so it’s your duty tp do some digging through effective networking. Always be on the lookout for opportunities!

Being turned down for a job is just a regular part of life, and it happens to everyone at some point or another. While it might seem like the world is ending, you must remain positive and know that there are other options out there. Approach your job hunt logically by gaining feedback – even if some of it is negative or critical – and use it to your advantage.

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