Almost everybody faces rejection at some point in their career. The most important thing is to take each failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Consider a “failed” interview as a lesson to learn how to improve for future interviews.

Allow Yourself to Feel
The first step to move forward after being rejected is to work through your emotions and allow yourself to feel the loss. The grieving process may be short if you didn’t get rejected from your dream job. On the opposite side, if you lost out on an opportunity you really wanted, you might give yourself a little more time to heal. It’s more than alright to feel disappointment. The important thing is to release those negative emotions in time for your next interview. Work through your emotions to prevent disappointing thoughts from coming out and affecting your next performance.

Evaluate the Interview
Look back at your interview and ask yourself if you gave the strongest performance that you could or if you were missing some key elements. Some questions to consider include:

  • Did you present all of your responses clearly and confidently?
  • Did you practice nonverbal communication skills as well as verbal ones?
  • Did you remember to follow up after the interview?

Think honestly about how your interview might have been perceived to analyze how you can improve for future performances but don’t forget to congratulate yourself on all the good things you did as well. For more information on how to interview better, you can check out this article to get some tips on how to prepare for an interview.

Take a Step Back From the “Why”
Understand that the reason you didn’t get the job might not be all about you. Some hiring decisions are made based off circumstances that have nothing to do with how your interview went. If you were asked to interview, that means you exhibit characteristics that show you were a strong candidate for the position. You still are. Use that confidence to go after another job with even more passion than before.

Accept the Decision
Most times you might have to accept the fact that you might not ever know why you didn’t get the job. Many companies don’t have the time to get back to every single candidate and if they do, they might not have any concrete feedback to offer. Accept that the job simply wasn’t meant for you and direct your energy into preparing for your next big interview.

On to the next.

Rejection is a normal part of the job searching process. Before you enter the job market, accept the fact that facing rejection will be almost unavoidable and think about what you can do to overcome the disappointment that those feelings will bring. Although it is a possibility, rejection is never a guarantee. Walk into each interview with the confidence that it will be a success and focus on achieving a positive outcome.

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