3 Lessons to Take From a Job Rejection

As with anything that sets us back in life, job rejections can be used as an opportunity in which to better ourselves. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how perfect we believe we are suited to a role, or how much we learned about the company etc, someone else just gets the job.

This can be down to a number of things, that person could have more industry experience, spent more time working on a particular system or had just a little bit more time working in the role previously. In these cases, there’s very little you can do. All you are in control of is how well your interview went, how well you explained your experience and how well you knew their role and company.

However, with this in mind it’s always important to remember that we can do better the next time. There might be a better explanatory story demonstrating our skills or there might be a better question you could have asked about their company. After a job rejection, it’s time to regroup and improve. Here are some important lessons to take from a job rejection.

1. Ask for Feedback

A lot of people don’t get feedback after a job rejection, but a lot of people don’t ask either. Now this can be tricky to receive from a recruiter or HR professional, and sometimes the feedback can be quite vague. However don’t be afraid to push a little bit with the reason that you’re trying to learn what you can improve on.

For example if you are told that someone was ‘better suited to the position’, ask in what areas so you can address those. This pinpoints exactly why you didn’t get the position and gives you something to work on.

2. Reevaluate Your STAR Answers

Most interviews are conducted on a competency base, and need to be answered with the STAR Technique in mind (See full guide on this here). This means you will be giving examples where you have demonstrated certain aspects of your ability as well as soft skills.

Analyse if you picked the best examples of this? Try to think of other examples and look at them closely, identifying which ones demonstrate your skills the best.

3. What Answers Did you Ask of Them?

I hope you didn’t make the mistake of asking no questions! So presuming you did, do you think they were the right ones? Did they show your the enthusiasm for the role, knowledge of the company and vision of you working for them for a long time?

If you’re not sure, rethink the questions you’re asking about the company and make sure you ask them ones that leave an impression! (Check out our guide to asking interview questions here).

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