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Resource: Career Advice
How to Deal With Job Rejection
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The second you realize it's a potential employer calling, you can feel your heart skip a beat from either fear or excitement.either be exciting or petrifying. Putting the choice of what can change your future for the better or worse in the hands of a stranger can be hard to swallow, especially if they don't make the choice you want them to...

They've told you their answer and your heartbeat returns to normal. Their answer: thanks, but no thanks. There's nothing worse than the feeling of being certain that you'd be accepted for a position only to have your hopes crushed by their decision to go with someone else.

Rejection is tough but it's part of the job searching cycle. Everyone gets rejected during a job search. It would be nice to get your pick out of the several places you applied to but something like that is rare when the positions are more competitive.

Instead of letting the feeling of rejection get the best of you, use it to your advantage as fuel to continue your pursuit. Understand that plenty of thought goes into the final decision. Companies hire candidates who they feel will fit best at their company. Even though you felt like you would fit right in, they are ultimately the better judge of that.

Never take it personal. They are looking out for your best interest as much as their own. It's better that you know ahead of time and have the chance to start looking elsewhere. Another thing to avoid is getting your hopes up. A good interview is never a guarantee for a job offer. You have to go into each interview prepared to be passed on. This helps keep you from setting yourself for disappointment.

The nice thing about interviews is that they get easier as you continue to do more. You'll become comfortable in that setting and feel more confident. So even though you weren't able to get a job out of it,  you still got the practice to help make perfect.

Don't be embarrassed to ask why they decided not to go with you. Their feedback can prove to be very helpful in your next interview. Ask them whether it was something specific or if there was something else they would have like you to demonstrate. See if they might tell you what it was about the chosen candidate that got them the job.

If you think you did an excellent job, then don't let their decision make you doubt yourself. It's them, not you. Had they the ability to, they would probably take on several candidates that they thought were suitable for the job. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner and not being it in this round doens't mean game over. Continue going into each interview with the same confidence you feel when you think you've aced it.