When you are looking for a job, usually you send several applications. You get the test tasks, finally a recruitment interview comes. Unfortunately, some time after it you hear “Sorry, we chose someone else”. If you heard “no” from a potential employer at least once, you certainly felt bad. But head up, this is not the end of the world! We’ll tell you how to deal with such failure!


Rejecting your candidacy for a job can be a step to success. It all depends on your attitude! So remember:

Don’t take rejection in person

Even if you feel bad about it, remember – it’s only a moment. Consider why the company did not take your candidacy. Maybe they are looking for someone more experienced? It’s certainly not about you as a human – don’t blame yourself (unless you made some obvious blunder – then try to act better at the next job interview). There are many reasons why you didn’t get that dream job, so try to maintain a positive psychological perspective.

Analyze your job interviews

Recall the recruitment interview that resulted in valuable employment. How do you remember it? And what about the last one? How were they different? Reflection will help you deepen your knowledge about yourself. Don’t act impulsively, do not send another CV immediately. Take a good look at yourself, consider whether any questions on the interview have left you uncomfortable and why. Maybe you were not prepared for some of them? Did you show your advantages? If you find any shortcomings, it will be easier to fix them. Prepare yourself for the answers that next time can pop out, combine your values and experiences with the mission and values of the organization, and never miss the opportunity to ask meaningful questions.

Ask for feedback

If you receive a negative response after a recruitment interview, ask about its reasons. You can do it during a telephone conversation or by replying to the rejection email. Good recruitment agencies and companies that respect their candidates always give feedback when refusing the employment. If you didn’t get it right away, it can be good news at the same time – they may not treat people professionally. You will find another job 🙂

Change your approach

If you don’t receive job offers, although you constantly send your CV, check if your skills and experience are tailored to the positions you apply for. Take some time to fit your skills and experience into the roles that interest you. The next step should be to adapt your CV to the offer. This is especially important when you change your job or return to work after a long break. Think strategically and work on presenting your offer as a candidate on the labor market and make it as attractive as possible.

Remember – the winners always try

Difficulties on the road to a career meet everyone. The clue is to get the right lesson out of them and not give up. Yes, you have heard it already, but we assure you – it’s true! Don’t treat the rejection of your job application as a life failure – there are many employers and interesting roles to take. Distance, focus on the target and a smile on your face will help you immune yourself mentally to stumble. If after six months you still don’t find a job, look for help. Send your application to good recruitment agencies around, look for professional help in preparing your CV or look for courses that can help you.

Good luck!

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