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Posted on 17th SEPTEMBER 2018 by Maddy abela

There’s no easy way to put it, rejection sucks. And it sucks bad. Job rejection, no surprise, also sucks. But it’s okay! Here’s the ERIC guide to dealing with job rejection.

1) Reflect

First things first (I’m the realest), but seriously take this fresh rejection as an opportunity to reflect. Did something go wrong in the interview? Maybe you were in a bad mood that day, or were super tired from a late night. Either way, work out if there was anything that made the interview not go as well as it could.

2) Learn

If you have successfully reflected and found things you could’ve done better at, then learn from your mistakes! Go to sleep early the night before, if you were tired at your interview. And if your memory isn’t the best, make a little list of ‘pre-interview must-dos' so you don’t forget. Seems pretty simple, am I right?

3) Communicate

Sometimes reaching out to the company you applied to for feedback can be really beneficially. Beware that they might not always get back to you with detailed feedback, but if they do then you’ll gain an extra layer of perspective of how well you did at the interview and if there was anything you did that they didn’t like.

4) Rationalise

This is a really important point. If you really tried your hardest at this interview it’s probably the wrong firm for you. So, keep in mind that, in some cases, this might be a ‘it’s not you it’s me’ sort of situation. In which case, appreciate that this wasn’t the company you’re meant to be working for.

5) Relax

Stop right there. Once you’ve done the previous four steps, leave it at that. There is absolutely no point dwelling on this and crying over spilt milk. Learn from your mistakes, take a deep breath and move on. It’ll ruin your performance at future interviews if you’re too hard on yourself, it really will.

6) Resilience

Just because you didn’t get this job, doesn’t mean it’s over. Your career is not at some red light, in fact you control the traffic lights. Keep searching for new opportunities and whatever you do, don’t give up. You can do it.

Written by Maddy Abela

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