How to Handle Rejection During Application Processes

Being rejected is a part of being successful! Nevertheless, a negative response to this rejection can compromise your success during the job search. In order to help you to rebound from the rejection of your application processes, we give you some tips you might use next time:

Define what you are looking for

Before starting to apply for a new job, try to define what you are really looking for, in which kind of company you would like to work, in which company’s culture would you feel more integrated. Sometimes writing a list is a good way of clarifying what you really want and it will make it easier to search for the right job;

Be sure you are a great fit

As soon as you make it clear what is important for you and which job will you start looking for, is really important that you read carefully the job description before applying. Try to not overlook the requirements of the job description. For example, if one job offer asks one specific language as fluent and you don’t speak the required language on a fluent level, you won’t probably have the chance of being interviewed. So be sure that at least you match all the mandatory requirements!

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

You should apply for different offers and not pin your hopes on just one recruitment process. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the desired job you’ll end up being more frustrated and…without the other option! So yes, keep your options open!

Don’t take it personal

Ok, so you applied for the job, you seemed the great fit, you had an interview, everything went really well got rejected? Try to not desperate! Sometimes on the last step of the recruitment process something might change on the company side. Sometimes the requirements might also change. Do not beat yourself up and do not catastrophize! Most of the times the rejection had really nothing to do with you!

Ask feedback and try to learn

in order to improve your success, if possible, after the interview, always ask for a personal feedback. Also important is to have an open conversation with your friends or ex-workmates: maybe can some of them give you some tips about something you can improve?

Focus on your successes and strengths

I am pretty sure you have several strengths and you have very good skills that you can improve. Try to make a list of it, try to assess in what you are really good and find a way to develop them! It also increases your self-confidence and your self-esteem, which will be uplifting! Think of your past successes.

Stay positive and keep on trying

Give yourself a break to grieve the rejection process and after that stay positive – surround yourself of positive people, do what you most like, keep on trying and do not give up!

Daniela Ferreira
The Psychologist

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