What to do Next After Job Rejection

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Job rejection is a common phenomenon when both parties, the interviewer and the interviewee, do not settle on a mutual interest towards each other. When I say common, I mean, almost everyone has out there with a job has been rejected or will be rejected at least once in their life – it happens to the best of us.

Regardless of your background, I’ve collected some points which may help you get back on your feet amid a temporary roadblock of uncertainties.


Reflect on your interview performance 

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List out 3 pros about your performance. Recollect things you think you did well and keep at it in the future. At the same time, also list out 3 cons about your interview – things that didn’t go so well and could be improved for next time. Work on these improvements and try it out in your next interview.

List out 3 pros about your performance. Recollect things you think you did well and keep at it in the future. At the same time, also list out 3 cons about your interview – things that didn’t go so well and could be improved for next time. Work on these improvements and try it out in your next interview.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to reflect and work on on these points in between interviews. A good way to strategize your interview game is to have a list of companies you want to interview and rank them by personal interest. Start using the companies with low desires as practice and space each interview apart few days in between. As you go through enough practice and gain confidence in doing interviews, then tackle the companies with mid to high interest within 0-2 days apart.

Using this approach not only increases your change to land an offer from your top desired company, it also help you gain significant leverages in negotiation power.

Get feedback

Always ask for interview feedback. There is no harm in asking since there is little to no risk involved at this point (out of the interview loop). Though, don’t be pushy and expect to be reconsidered for the same position you got rejected for. The point of asking for feedback is for your own personal career development. The more you are able to capture areas of improvement and work on them, the better you will do in the next interview. After all, there is always going to be a better company with better position, better people, and higher pay awaiting next.

Stay confident

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Keep level-headed and stay confident. Avoid over-analyzing small tidbits from past interviews. Often times this leads to more harm than good because many people tend to get fixated on a negative experience where it could likely be one-off. The interviewer at that particular time and day may just be having a bad day or simply just doesn’t like your face. If you believe that you perform great or relatively well in the interview but was received negatively, likely there is a subjective reason that is unrelated to your interview performance. Keep your cool and move on.

Try mock interviews

If you are still unsure about drawing a conclusion on areas of improvement, perhaps you could try mock interview sessions with a friend or by a professional service. Mock interviews are highly effective in assessing your interview performance given a controlled context which the provider sets up. Since both you and the mock interviewer are in the same context and situation, they are able to provide you with an unbiased and more accurate assessment about your interview performance. 

Revisit Your Resume/CV

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One of the most overlooked piece of the puzzle in the whole hiring process is the resume. Often times people forget to improve on the resume/CV having done so the first time around. Instead of a linear process, editing resume/CV should be an iterative process – the context of the resume/CV should change along with things you learn or improve over time.

For example, if person A is interviewing for Program Manager positions and realizes most interviewers are highly interested in Scrum methodology, with qualifying experience, he/she should emphasize on the latter skill set in resume/CV that was not previously indicated.


Wrapping It Up

What do you think? Did I overload you with things to do? Be sure to check out 5 Tips to Ace that Interview to sharpen your interview skills .


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