Rejection from a potential employer can be hard to handle. Sometimes, it’s easy to shrug off the loss and move on. And for the times where you feel absolutely crushed, it’s important to see it as an opportunity instead of a failure.
Accept and Reflect
The first step is to gracefully accept the bad news and remember to be grateful for the opportunity. Try to do some self-reflection on the entire situation. Did you pick a job that might not have been best suited for you? Was there something you could have done differently in the interview? Some people have a harder time reflecting on their weaknesses than others, but it is a vital skill to practice.
If you receive the news in written form, make it a practice to reply. From the start let them know you are disappointed, but understand the difficult decision and thank them for their time and consideration. Keep it short in length and simple while maintaining a respectful tone.
It is not appropriate to follow up after any rejection. However, if you were particularly invested in and passionate about the company then don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Ask if they would be willing to give you feedback without putting them on the spot. This can only help you to improve yourself, your skills, and your interviewing methods.
Stay in Touch
Sometimes it comes down to the simple fact that timing can be everything. Keep in touch periodically. If you are working with a recruiter check in with them frequently to get a sense of any changes or new positions and use your recruiter to help you become even more familiar with the company and its culture, they will be more apt to reach out to you if you keep positive relations. Once more, only do this for positions that really sparked excitement in you.
Don’t go at it Alone!
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