Guest Author - Dianne Walker
You made it through the resume selection process and earned an interview. You made it through, what you felt was successful interview, only to find out that you were not the selected candidate for the job. If you’ve been through many interviews with the same results, you may be rejected and depressed. Learning how to cope with interview rejection will help you to maintain a positive spirit and gain valuable insight on what to do in future interviews.
You may find out that you were not selected within hours of the interview. It’s imperative that you still follow interview etiquette and send a thank you note even if you were not selected. This keeps the interviewer with a positive reflection on you as an individual. You never know if a more suitable position will open up in the future that the recruiter may consider you for.
Try to never repeat an unsuccessful interview. As soon as possible after exiting the company, write down as many of the interview questions that you can remember while they are still fresh in your mind. At the first opportunity, reflect on the answers that you provided. Did they make sense? Did you ramble or were your answers concise? Be honest, many people are professional interviewers because they are just never hired. Professional interviewers often feel that there is nothing wrong with the way that they interview, therefore, never strive to improve their interview skills. Don’t let your ego get in the way of improving your interview skills.
What is the most comprehensive way of finding out why you were not selected? Ask the recruiter. If you’ve left an interview feeling like the job was “in the bag“ only to be rejected, politely call and ask the interviewer why you were not selected. While most interviewers will not share if they felt you were totally offensive, they will discuss the knowledge or skills that you did not have in relation to the position you were interviewing for. After the information is shared with you, take a stock assessment of where the problem lies. Did you truly not possess the required skills or did the information not come across in your answers. This is the perfect opportunity to assess your interview answers again to make sure that they reflect your true abilities.
The most important thing to remember when receiving a rejection after an interview, is not to take it personally. Remember that it’s an employer’s market. While you may be perfectly suitable for the position, there may be others that are just as suitable. Use each interview as a learning opportunity.