10 Ways To Recover From An Unsuccessful Job Interview. Rejection is one of the difficult things t deal with. We are all hopeful when we get called for a job interview. Sadly sometimes things do not go the way we anticipated them to. We don’t get the job and that can hurt so bad. The following pointers can help you be positive even when faced with this kind of rejection.
1. Don’t Take It Personal
It’s easy to take a rejection personally by blaming your personality or interview technique on your failure to land the job. Try not to read too much into your rejection, these decisions are rarely based solely on your performance. If you’ve prepared fully and tried your best, there’s little else you could have done.
2. Accept Reality
Life isn’t perfect and we’ll never get everything we want. If you’re rejected for a job, accept it and move on. You probably weren’t the best candidate. It’s very easy to blame external forces to justify your own failures, but avoid this approach at any cost. By doing so, you’ll undermine all of your job-search efforts
3. Have Options
Don’t let yourself become so fixated on one job prospect that you’re crushed when it doesn’t work out. Think volume. In your search, you should be seriously talking to five different employers at one time, applying to positions and networking strategically within those organizations.
Maybe you have adopted an interviewing style and stuck with it even if it’s not that effective. After an interview, think about what went well, what didn’t go well and why. Seek feedback when possible. Write these reflections down and build on them each time you interview through an improved performance. Share them with a friend, colleague or recruiter and ask them to practice with you in the areas where you felt weak.
5. Keep Learning And Developing
Your confidence can take a hit when you get a rejection, so it’s important to work hard at keeping your morale and motivation levels buoyant. If you’re not in current employment, it’s a good idea to keep your skills sharpened and your experience up-to-date.
6. Consider Your Strengths
Once rejected, it’s very easy to blame yourself and find faults with your resume or even your personality. Don’t beat yourself up just because you’ve been rejected for multiple jobs. Try and focus on your strengths and identify opportunities that you are passionate about, and that passion will show through in interviews.
7. Set A Limited Amount Of Time To Grieve
Give yourself 24-48 hours to be down about the news and dwell in your own disappointment, then move on with your other employment prospects. In what other scenarios have you had resilience? Think about how you’ve summoned grit and strength before and tap into those reserves. They haven’t gone anywhere.
8. Take A Walk
Nature can have therapeutic benefits on mood, creativity and focus. When you’re in job search mode (and particularly after rejection), get outside each day even if only for a walk in an urban park. Nature inspires awe and puts things in perspective.
9. Keep It Moving
Don’t carry interview baggage around with you. Approach each new job opportunity with a fresh perspective and a positive attitude. Tailor your CV to best match a new opportunity and fully research and prepare for a new interview. If you made mistakes or felt unprepared in your last interview, learn from this but don’t keep it at the forefront of your mind
10. Ask For Feedback
While most employers refrain from sharing solid feedback if you don’t get the job, there’s no harm in asking for a constructive feedback. While you might not like what you hear, at least you will get information that can help your campaign and erase any doubts about why you didn’t get an offer.