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Five tips for dealing with interview rejection

It’s never fun having to deal with any kind of rejection but when you’re looking for work it can be even more stressful! If you’ve been rejected after an interview, we’ve got some pointers for you to consider:

1. Don’t take it personally

I know – it’s much easier said than done! It’s important to remember that you may have performed fantastically but there could be other factors which have a bearing on the result that you may not know. For example, another candidate with a bit more relevant experience or a strong internal candidate who already knows the organisation. This is not anything that you can change but what you can do is alter your mindset. Take on board of any feedback given and try to focus on what went well and what you can improve upon.

2. You’re not alone in getting a rejection

Okay, so you didn’t get this role but this doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you or that you will never find anything better. Be assured that you are not alone in this. Most people will go through several rejections whilst they are looking for their right fit. Take this time to try and get some feedback on what you can improve upon for next time and if you’re unable to get anything from the employer, then do some objective self-reflection on your performance instead.

3. A fresh start

It is worth looking at each new opportunity afresh. Make sure that you have fully researched and prepared for each interview that you are invited to even if they are in similar industries. Is there any learning and development that will help you beforehand? Any prior interview mistakes should be learned from but not dwelled upon as that will just add to the pressure. Remember, every candidate is different and so are employers. Don’t presume that they will all have the same idea of the perfect person that they want to hire – just be the best version of yourself.

4. It’s all about the numbers

Obviously you still want to submit quality applications but the higher the number of applications and interviews you do, the greater your chances of getting hired for one. This is why it’s key to apply for multiple good opportunities rather than holding out for just one preferred role as if you don’t get that ne job, it can be much more difficult if you get that rejection. Other jobs are also able to get you to where you want to be.

5. Make time for something you enjoy

Looking for work can be super stressful at the best of times, so make sure that you take some time for some self-care. It’s easy to get sucked into a spiral of negativity after receiving a rejection so instead do something that makes you happy, whether it’s exercise, a natter with a friend or watching a series. If you remember to take care of your mental health that will only be of future benefit.

Hopefully these five pointers will help with any future interview rejections. Good luck!

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