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How to face job rejection

We’ve all been there, for whatever the reason you receive that dreaded call or email that you weren’t successful for the position. It seems there’s lots of advice to prepare for the interview but not so much to prepare for rejection. Bear in mind that the average job seeker is rejected by 24 decision makers before they get the ‘yes’.

Take a look at our 5 steps for helping move forward from an unsuccessful interview.

Don’t dwell

This is very easy for someone to say to you, especially if you’re like me and overthink everything, but the key is to not dwell over anything you may have said or done that may have changed the interviewers mind. Chances are the decision to reject you wasn’t made solely on your performance, there’s likely to be other factors that you just can’t help e.g. Internal hiring. If you have prepared yourself well and did the best you could, there’s little else you could have done.

No feedback? No worries

We hear a lot from candidates about companies not giving any constructive criticism or letting them know they have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately this part of the job no one enjoys doing, so a lot of employers prolong or avoid this altogether. Although it’s frustrating, if an employer can’t take a few minutes to call or email and let you know, chances are you wouldn’t feel welcome at their company anyway. So it’s their loss, not yours!

A fresh perspective

It’s a good idea to take a look at what industries you have been targeting and whether there any other job roles or industries that you would be willing to try. It’s important that you wipe the slate clean after a bad interview, don’t carry the negativity with you to your next one. Every hiring manager and company will do things differently, so don’t let past experiences ruin future ones.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

Not only do these experiences strengthen you as a person, they help you to prepare for the future. We are always telling candidates to strengthen their current skills, whether it’s online learning or taking a skills test to knuckle down on your personal key skills. Employers love to know what you have best to offer, transferable skills especially will go a long way. So never stop learning.


Not only will volunteering help you to develop new skills and give you further experience to detail in your CV, but helping others has scientifically been proven to extend your lifespan, make you a happier person, reduces pain and helps to lower blood pressure! So if you find yourself having some free time on your hands, why not look into volunteering locally?

If you want support in finding a suitable role, register with us today and email an updated CV to: [email protected]

Abbie x