Aristotle once said: ‘All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind’- An insightful quote by an inspiring man. But the fact of the matter is that even a job rejection could also achieve the same result. It could shatter your confidence and lead you to belittle yourself. It could even end up having an adverse effect on your future endeavours. As such, it is imperative to possess the know-how to get back on the horse. Not just to ride it but also to ride it with aplomb.
A job rejection is nothing new. Maybe for you it is but certainly not for the employers. After countless hours spent on the interview process, they expect to select the best available option. That being said, it does not necessarily mean that you were bad or that you did not have the necessary skill set. There are always many external factors playing their part in an interview selection. It could range from ‘the pressure from up above’ or it could be something as trivial and frustrating as the interviewer’s mood on the day of the interview. But then again, these are all part and parcel of attending any job interview. If you are crushed after getting your rejection letter, call or even worse – not at all hearing from the interviewers, remember this, everything is not over unless you say so or until at least you have tried the following measures to get accepted for a job after being rejected.
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1. React Positively
So there you are – rejected. You feel completely dejected. All you want to do is throw a tantrum, hurl abuses at the interviewer and tell them unequivocally how much of a blunder they have committed by not selecting you. Before you act on these impulses, remember that it is always better to go down with dignity. However hard it might be, smile and thank the interviewer for the both the opportunity and his time. This ensures that when they look back at the interview process, they will have a congenial memory of you. This could lead to future employment opportunity at the same company.
2. Send a Thank-You and Feedback Note
This step, like a perfect segue, is just an extension of the above step. Send the hiring manager a thank-you note describing again how thankful you are. Make sure you ask for a feedback to the interview. Never be too aggressive but do place a gentle feedback request. This way you not only get a feedback that would, in all probability, help you improve but it would also underline your desire to grow and learn. It would also act as a marker to your ability to handle disappointments. This would certainly impress the hiring manager.
There is another important reason why you should follow this step, the simple reason that not everyone would send such a note. It is very important to distinguish yourself from the pack to achieve success. After getting a rejection, most people would just forget about that job altogether. Companies tend to hire people who show that extra little something. By sending such a note, you showcase your desire and aptitude in life. A lot of people have found out that this could actually get them another shot at the elusive job.
3. Reminder Mails
Send a reminder mail once a month to the company that’s passed you over. Let it describe your interest in the company, your interest in the job and your interest in being considered in the future if an opportunity arises.
There are also cases where such people have been offered the same rejected job later when it has opened up again. It is worth noting that sometimes some of the selected candidates would not join the job, leaving the company needing personal to cover for it. Most companies start their interviews afresh when such opportunities arise again. But, this is also due to the fact that they think the rejected people would not be interested again in the job. A headhunter recently admitted that people who send such mails almost always get called back first for the interview even before they look for new people to interview. This is because it saves them time, money and makes their lives a lot easier.
Sometimes it requires more than one such reminder mails to do the trick but do keep at it. This is because persistence shows your determination and confidence. But make sure that your persistence does not cross the thin line separating it from plain disturbance. As mentioned earlier, sending a reminder mail once a month would be the ideal way to go about it. It would ensure that you are in their memory when opportunity arises again.
4. Keep in Touch With Someone From There
This does not mean the hiring manager. This could be anyone associated with the company in any position. It is the people who work there that first come to know about new openings. So, having an acquaintance there would certainly not harm your chances. It could be the little push that you are desperately looking for.
A friend of mine recently got a job in a different position in the same company where he fell short at another interview. All thanks to the security officer who tipped him off the opening as he walked back disheartened from his first job interview.
5. Address Your Flaws
Yes, you adhered to all the above steps. No, you did not get the job in the second chance. If so, ask yourself if you have addressed your flaws. It is imperative that you address your flaws bearing in mind the feedback you received, even if you don’t agree with it at all. Many a candidate have found out that if they conform to the feedback and work on the shortcomings, it invariably ends up having a massive say when they are given a second chance.
No matter what, keep your spirits up and remember that a rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.