The most important thing to do is DON’T TAKE IT TO HEART. A lot of job seekers take rejection personally meaning it has a big negative impact on your confidence. Rejection should never be taken personally. Instead, you should look at what you did well and then the areas you need to improve on.
You rejection will either come in the form of a letter/email or a phone call but no matter what from you receive it, you need to ask for feedback so you can learn from any mistakes or weak areas. Always try to speak the individual who interviewed you as sometimes when a HR rep contacts you, they are limited to what information is on paper in front of them.
If you unsure of what things to ask following a rejection call/letter, here are a selection of questions you could ask. These questions are only a guide and make sure you only ask a few questions that cover what you need to know. When asking questions to get feedback, it’s important that you don’t appear as needy or as aggressive.
- Was there something in particular about my qualifications that lead you to this decision?
- Did you have any reservations about hiring me that I can know about?
- Is there a particular skill or certification that, if I had it, would have helped me get the position?
- Could I have improved my communication with you in any way?
- What could I have done better to influence your decision in my favour?
- Please describe the person who did get the job. What made that person different/better than me?
- Would you offer me any advice as I move ahead with my job search?