Being rejected after a job interview is never a pleasant experience, especially if all your hopes hung on it. However, there is a tendency to be a little overdramatic when it comes to job rejection, and many individuals fail to view the situation rationally. If you follow these simple steps, and take on board what experience you gain from failed job interviews, you’re likely to become a stronger candidate and ultimately find that perfect job. Here are my top 3 tips to survive interview rejection.
1. Be Selective
There simply aren’t as many jobs out there anymore, so don’t go chasing jobs that you’re not a good match for. Due to increased competition for job, companies are always going to pick the best candidates who are most suited for the job. So, if you apply for a position, but have very little experience in that sector, don’t be too disheartened if you’re unsuccessful.
However, if you do find a role that interests you, do your research on the company beforehand. Don’t leave the interview up to fate, as this is your time to really impress them.
2. Assess Your Weaknesses
Even the most charismatic individual can cave in an interview situation. The high-pressure environment causes many people to become nervous, and therefore they don’t provide an accurate portrayal of themselves. One way to tackle these anxieties is to get someone to coach you with your interview technique. This will help you address specific issues and help you improve your answers to questions that previously came across as weak (many people struggle with competency questions).
If your technical abilities are the issue, then don’t be afraid to pursue extra experience or qualifications. However, for a lot of people, it’s simply a question of brushing up on their technical knowledge.
3. Request Feedback
You may not always feel comfortable hearing exactly what an interviewer has thought of your performance, but it’s an essential step in improving your employability. There’s no harm in sending a professional e-mail asking the interviewer for positive and negative feedback so you gain an informed assessment of why you weren’t selected. Also, there is a chance your proactive approach will impress the interviewer, and you may be reconsidered for the position.