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What to do if Your Application was Rejected?

There is nothing more disheartening than being called for an interview, getting on well with the interviewers and having high hopes that this job is the one only to come home and find that rejection letter waiting for on the hall mat inside the door.

This is always a big disappointment and can be very off putting when you have put so much time and effort into securing the job however you are not alone and nobody ever gets the job every time so the following is advice on how to cope with this rejection and how to learn from it, put your disappointment aside and get the next job.

Don’t wallow in the feeling of defeat

You should look on this rejection as a learning curve. What do you think you did wrong? Did you not ask enough questions? Were you too nervous? Did you not have enough knowledge about the company? Whatever you feel you did wrong work at it and make sure you do not repeat any shortcomings at the next interview. Write down any thoughts you have about the interview while they are still fresh in your mind. Be gracious in defeat and send a thank you note to the employer who may be touched enough to keep your details in mind for a future opening in the company.

Try and obtain constructive feedback

Again thank the employer for their time and let them know that you have accepted the decision not to give you the job this time around before asking them if they could allow you to have some constructive feedback? You will have to approach them cautiously as they may still fear you really want to argue with them for not giving you the job or they may be afraid you are simply looking for ammunition for a possible legal battle on the matter. So you need to word your question very carefully e.g. If you don’t mind me asking why didn’t I get the job? I am just wondering if there are aspects of my interview techniques that I can work on for my next interview?

Don’t give up on your efforts

You should always keep every company name and their contact details on file for future reference while they have said they will keep your CV on file for future openings they rarely do this in practice so you should write to them every so often and just enquire if any new vacancies are coming up and remind them who you are and what your qualifications are. It is also advisable to stay in touch with recruitment managers in a low key fashion rather than being seen to take up too much of their time.