Career Coach Diana Norris gives advice on what to do next.
- Allow yourself time to grieve a little. Modern recruitment techniques mean that by the time you face rejection you may have gone through several interviews, given a presentation, proposed a business plan and even attended an assessment day. You may have put your heart and soul, as well as precious time, into the process. It would be surprising if you didn’t feel down for a few days. Give yourself time to process your emotions and be gentle on yourself. Talk to someone who’ll give your confidence a re-boot (your career coach, your partner, a parent or close friend); go for a run, treat yourself to a chocolate bar – whatever it takes until you start to feel better.
- Maybe think of rejection as being someone else’s success rather than your failure – remember it’s not all about you. There were other candidates on the day whose skills and experience may have been a better fit for the role. Your turn for success will come.
- Ask for feedback from the interviewer(s). This is not just about getting a reaction to your interview performance – it also keeps communication channels open. People who are offered jobs sometimes turn them down; you could be the next in line. Make sure you let the interviewers know that you’re disappointed to have missed out this time and that you are keen to be considered for other opportunities in the future. Asking for feedback shows you can cope with disappointment and are ready to learn from it.
- Note down the questions you feel you answered well (and how you answered them), in addition to keeping a note of the questions you found more challenging. Make a habit of doing this after every interview, reflecting on how you can improve next time.
- There will be other interview opportunities. If you have been successful in securing this interview, your CV and cover letter are working for you. The interview shows that potential employers are interested in what you can offer.