Turning Job Rejection into a Positive Experience

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Miss Positivity3 comments

Imagine the situation: you’ve recently interviewed for your dream job. The role seems perfect for you – you’re qualified and experienced enough, and there’s still room to grow in the position. The salary is excellent, the benefits package is great, and the company culture seems ideal. You aced all of your interviews and the hiring manager seemed especially keen to bring you on board. Then you receive an email with those dreaded words... “We regret to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in your application.”

Of course, it’s incredibly disappointing to be rejected for a role you feel you would have been perfect for. But everyone misses out on a great position at some point in their life – the important thing is how you bounce back from the rejection. Rather than wallowing in your disappointment, you can turn that rejection into something positive for you and your career. 

With our years of experience as a leading London recruitment agency, we've helped many candidates gain their dream job, so here's our top tips on turning interview rejection into a positive.

Remember: it’s not personal

The hiring manager must do what they feel is best for the company. They haven’t rejected you because they didn’t like you or because you weren’t qualified – after all, you got through every interview, right up to the final stage! That in itself is an achievement. So try not to take the job rejection personally.

Follow up as you usually would

Some rejections hurt more than others. It can be painful to follow up with an interviewer at your dream company after you’ve been let down – you might feel like you never want to hear from them again! Try to push past that disappointment and follow up as you usually would. Send over a thank-you note, and be sure to ask for feedback from the interviewer. This gives you valuable insight into what employers are looking for, and you can take it forwards into future interviews.

Address issues and prioritise improvement

Using the feedback given by your recruiter or the employer themselves, make improvement your priority. Failing to move forwards from a bad interview or a big knock-down can only lead to further rejection. By leveraging every last bit of advice and feedback from those involved, you can help to minimise the chance of another rejection further along the line.

Keep searching

Don’t be put off by a big rejection. The ideal job could be just around the corner! It’s important to keep looking – go back to your recruitment agency and get your next interview lined up. Get yourself back out there and keep a positive outlook as much as you can. Whatever you do, don’t let the bad experience you’ve had colour your next interviews or applications. Go at them with as much gusto as you always did!

Here at Love Success, our team of experts are full of recruitment tips and advice for interviews for top London PA jobs, temporary PA jobs, office support roles, and more. Follow the blog, or get in touch with us today to find out more.    


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3 comments on "Turning Job Rejection into a Positive Experience"

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    Excellent advice ladies! What doesn't break you, makes you! ;) Thank you for this great post!!

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