You didn’t get the job and now what?

Please realize that most job vacancies would have more then one applicant, so the likelihood of not getting the job is so much higher then that of landing the job. For some candidates it only takes one or two chances while others have to fire off loads of applications. At the same time, we all like to be #1 and you have every right to regret the fact that you did not get this job. The question is what you have learned form the experience and how you can best apply this to your next application? New technologies like video interviewing may make it easier though to show more of yourself then just a resume and show the person behind the education and professional experience. So how do you cope with a rejection in the application process? We will give you 4 tips that will hopefully help you to use your experience to your advantage so you may just land a dream job with your next application.

#1 – Know your emotions
Not getting the job after all that work is never a pleasant experience. You’re probably disappointed and you may feel frustrated or angry about this lost opportunity. While it’s only natural to be down for a moment, it is important not to get caught up in your emotions. Do give yourself some time to process the way you feel but make sure you also realize that rejections are a normal part of the job search. Go spend some time with people you trust and reflect with them on your experience. It is not the end of the world so pick yourself up and gracefully move on. There are more dream jobs out there!

#2 – Don’t take it personally
When someone else is selected, the decision to not hire you wasn’t a conscious choice against you. Most of the time, hiring managers weigh many considerations when making their hiring decisions. You should realize that many talented candidates are rejected since only on person can get the job in the end. The fact that you weren’t the perfect match doesn’t mean you’re not a great candidate with a good skillset and personality. You can’t be the perfect candidate for every position, just focus on your strengths and move on.

#3 – Ask for feedback
Depending on how far you progressed in the recruitment process, it will always be valuable to ask for feedback on why you did not make it to the next round. Simply contact the recruiter to get some input beyond a standard answer. Most recruiters will be open to give you some tips on what you can improve in and may even appreciate the fact that you have taken the effort to reach out to them as long as it is not to convince them to change their mind. Please take into account that people will be friendly in their feedback, so carefully read between the lines or ask follow-up questions to gauge what people really mean.

#4 – Keep a Positive Attitude
Don’t lose your positive attitude and have confidence in yourself being able to find the perfect job. Accept that rejections are part of life and remember that it is totally normal that you cannot always get the job that you’ve applied for. Choose to look ahead instead of looking backwards and stay focused on your ultimate goal. Harness your experience and passion into your next application, try to stand out and give the next job opportunity all you’ve got. Remember: The right job is looking for you right now!

Check out our earlier blog on how to create a Video CV if you want to stand out of the crowd.

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