You perfected your resume, researched the company, practiced your interviewing skills and bought the dress-to-impress dress. Nonetheless, you didn’t get the job. What now? First of all, remember to keep everything in perspective. One job offer will not make or break your career (or even summer income), and a job rejection is not a reflection of your personal worth. Not meeting a specific company’s particular needs is not something you should take personally; rather, realize that you are now one step closer to finding the job that is a perfect fit. In fact, you can turn this disappointing event into a positive experience.
1. Take some time to reflect. Accept that rejection is a part of life. This will likely not be the only time you experience a job rejection and your future professional life will reap the benefits if you learn how to handle it early on. No one is perfect; resist the urge to analyze everything that went wrong and instead focus on your strengths. You are also not the first person to experience a job rejection. Reach out to others for support and ask how they handled the experience.
2. Be courteous. Regardless of whether or not you got a job offer, you should always send a hand written thank you note. Thanking the interviewer for their time will help you stand out and give a graceful final impression. Furthermore, they will be more likely to keep you in mind at the company for future job openings.
3.Follow up. Job rejections are ultimately a learning opportunity. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for honest feedback on your performance. Many employers would be happy to let you know where your interviewing skills or job experience could be improved. Ask for three tips and tell the interviewer that you appreciate their advice. Never get defensive; what’s done is done and their criticisms can help you improve your skills before the next interview opportunity.
Rejection is never enjoyable, but follow these tips and potential employers will see the true intelligent and poised classy co-ed you are.