Nobody likes job rejection. Especially if you were well prepared and your heart was set on the role, it can be tough to accept. However, with the right mindset you can turn this experience into a positive one. In order to progress you career with these simple steps;
Ask for detailed feedback
Ok let’s address the elephant in the room. It is not easy to get a detailed rejection reason. Although every recruiter tries to fight your corner and give specific reasons. It is disappointing for us also. We know what it is like to sit on your side of the table, as a candidate interviewing for a role. We have our hearts set on only to receive a “it’s a no”! IT’S A NO! What sort of feedback is that?
Unfortunately, we do receive this as feedback, chasing and chasing the door often closes and we cannot get anymore answers. It is hugely frustrating for us because you have taken the time to understand the business and it’s culture. Prepare for your interview and attend in your own time, the least you can expect is a detailed reasoning as to why you are not suitable?
It is extremely frustrating, because that also means we can’t give you the feedback you deserve. Understandably we become the punch bag through no fault of our own. It means that we cannot advise further candidates of what they should or shouldn’t do in the interview, very frustrating following job rejection
When detailed feedback is received it allows you to self-assess and see if there is something you would change in your next interview?
Reflect on the feedback
Once you have received your job rejection, it may be easier to just brush it off and move on. This is a perfect opportunity to develop your skillset and take on board the comments and put it into an actionable plan for your next interview
Go straight back to the start of the process before the job rejection. Were you briefed enough by your recruiter? Were there questions you could have asked to decide if this was indeed a position you wanted? Did you ask enough questions? Were you prepared enough? What was your body language etc?
There is always room to improve, so use any setbacks to shine a light on these areas.
Is there a trend from previous interviews?
Is there something that just keeps rearing its head at the critical time? What has your previous feedback been from past experiences for job rejection? Is your body language an issue? Maybe your presentation skills? Is it how and when you ask questions? Where can you fix the gaps in your performance?
Your recruiter is here to help. If you can provide such feedback from the outset, we will do everything in our power to help and guide you through areas you may be struggling. As an example, I’m a pretty dab hand at presentations, there content and how to present them to the client. Therefore, this is an area that I will be able to help if needed?
Don't take it personally
Your rejection may simply be out of your hands. The world we work in today, changes happen overnight. At the start of the process you were a perfect fit, by the interview stage they now require you have experience as a one-legged astronaut, if there are changes within their business, the role has changed or specification has altered, there is really nothing that you can do. It is however the recruiter’s responsibility to manage this process, speak with the client and of course keep you posted on any developments.
As you can also appreciate, business fit and chemistry play a major part in any hire. It’s a fact of life that we won’t click with everyone, as long as the reasoning is professional, don’t take it to heart and we will look for another opportunity more suited.
Refine your search
Now you have been through the process and have unfortunately been rejected for the role, take this as an opportunity to re-assess your options. Is it still a role that you really want? Is there a similar role that may be better suited for you? Maybe you’re looking for advice as to what your options may be – talk to us we are here to help you!
See each set back as an opportunity to grow your skillset and build on your experience. Do what you can to learn from this and get ready for the next opportunity to present itself.
Getting turned down from a job happens to everyone, the most important thing is what you learn from the experience and stay positive
Director of Food Recruit
I’m an independent owner of Food Recruit. Passionate about the Food & Drink industry having spent time as a Supply Chain Manager and Business Development Manager for two of the UK’s largest meat importers. High Care, Low Care, Chilled and Ambient I have worked across all markets including B2B, Foodservice, Wholesale and Retail.
I fell into recruitment in 2016 to start a Food & Drink desk in a long standing Engineering Recruitment business in the West Midlands. Progressing on to Business Development Manager covering multiple markets before starting my own agency in September 2020.