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What you can learn from job rejection

by Laura Smith | 31 August 2017

One of the most difficult parts of my own role at Sellick Partnership, is delivering the news to a candidate that they have been unsuccessful in securing a job that they really wanted to secure. It is never an easy conversation to have, and often even if I am providing positive and constructive feedback, candidates will often sound dejected and take the rejection personally. We all have to deal with rejection at some point in our careers when applying for new roles, and there must be something to learn from this, to be able to remain positive, and take the best from what can be a disappointing situation. Below I have outlined my top tips.

1. Always be yourself – yes, you may think you are interviewing for your perfect role, but that doesn’t mean that you need to hide your personality or act in a way you think your interviewer wants you to act. Whilst you may want to demonstrate that you have the right skills for the job, the employer wants to find out about you, and they need to get a feel as to whether you will fit into the team they are recruiting to. They also want to find out if you would suit the culture of the company. I am sure that in most cases interviewers are able to make a good judgement, and if you are pretending to be someone you are not, you may find yourself working in a team and environment that you don’t feel comfortable with, which is far from ideal and definitely won’t lead to job satisfaction.

2. Be confident – you have applied for a job, and the prospective employer is impressed by your application and has thus requested an interview. Take the opportunity to demonstrate your skills to undertake the role you are interviewing for. Make sure you prepare thoroughly prior to the interview so that you do have suitable answers to questions that are commonly asked. If you have answered questions to the best of your ability but are not successful in securing the role, then at least you are able to reflect on the interview positively, that you had tried your best.

3. Don’t be afraid of discussing your weaknesses – everyone has weaknesses in the position that they are undertaking and it shows strength to identify these and discuss them openly. It is a good idea to demonstrate how you are trying to overcome your weaknesses; this will reflect your interest in your own personal and career development, and again, it offers employers an insight into you and your personality.

4. Keep your options open – You may have applied for what you think is your perfect job, but maybe when you attend an interview, you might realise it is far from the most suitable job for you. Apply for several roles, attend several interviews, they will all serve to improve interview technique and they will provide you with more insight into more organisations so that you can find a position that is well suited to your personality and experience.

It will always be difficult to accept rejection but it should not be something we are fearful of when applying for new positions. If you do not get the job you are interviewing for now and you tried your best in trying to secure it, be confident that there is a more suitable job out there for you. Ensure that if you have been unsuccessful following an interview, that you ask for and accept the feedback given to you, remain objective about it and make sure to use that feedback to your own advantage when securing the next interview. 

If you are currently struggling to find your perfect role you can get in touch with us by calling me on 0161 834 1642 or emailing laura.smith@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Alternatively you can view our current roles by clicking in the links below.

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