Like all rejections, job rejections hurt. They’re a blow to the ego and can leave the strongest among us doubting our abilities and talent.
It’s easy to give up hope in favour of a pity party. But before you send out the invite, consider the numbers for some healthy perspective.
According to an ERE Survey, on average, each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes. Of these candidates, four to six will be called for an interview and only one will be offered the job.
For arguments sake, let’s say that you’ve applied for five positions and have been called for an interview twice. This means you’ve made it to the top five of the pile (twice!) out of a total of 1,250 applicants.
You may not have scored your dream job just yet, but you’re clearly making the right moves.
Look towards the lessons learned
Everything in the world today can be considered a lesson and no matter how or why you were rejected from a job interview there is always room for improvement.
We often have gut feelings as to what went wrong. Maybe you didn’t research the company enough, prepare solid answers for technical/skill based questions, or perhaps you were nervous and miscommunicated your strengths. Trust your gut in this instance and take care to revise what went wrong.
Ask for feedback
Whether you are facing the job hunt alone or using a recruitment company, always ask for feedback.
The best way of improving your chance in the next interview is learning from the last and taking constructive criticism on board.
It’s easy to get caught in the overanalysing trap.
Did you address everyone correctly? Did you forget to shake hands? Was your hand sweaty? Did you use too many sentences that ran on together?
The sooner you stop this negative behaviour the easier it will be to move past a disappointing interview. It’s an unproductive habit that only leads to ruminating about the past.
Use rejection to build resilience
When faced with continuous rejection, applicants are also offered a chance to grow.
Use experiences of rejection to build resilience and address any personal flaws that may have unravelled through the interview process.
Along with resilience, increasing your self-efficacy (or belief in your ability to succeed) will benefit your job prospects in the long run.
Harness your passion
After numerous job rejections it may be time to narrow the job search further, as most companies are looking for candidates with a small pre-defined set of skills.
Glassdoor reports that 48% of small businesses report there are few or no qualified applicants for the positions they are trying to fill.
Use this as an opportunity to harness your passion and only apply for jobs that 100% match your skills. For most people, their passion will show through during the interview process thus increasing their chance of being hired.
By looking positively and objectively towards rejection, applicants can build on their strengths and ultimately increase their chance of success.
How do you stay positive through job rejections?