How to handle job rejection after interview

You might receive the job interview rejection through email, snail mail or a phone call. If you received the negative news via phone, stay calm and thank the other party for informing.

It is not the end …

Give yourself some time to get over it if this is the dream job you have work hard to get into the final round. Continue your search after examining why you have not been short-listed for the job. Do not be too hard on yourself. Sometimes, it just isn’t a good fit or they cannot offer you your desired package or the position is no longer required due to budget cut. Move on after that self-examination. Do not take that rejection as a personal rejection. They have rejected your skill set not you as a person. Stay positive and try to learn some things from every interview you attend. And work towards improving yourself on both personal and professional front.

However, if you realize that you are rejected due to gaps in term of skill set or qualification, you might wish to consider taking up a course, furthering your studies or even go for some form of certifications. This will eventually align your interest and aspiration with your job search.

I know it is hard to smile and feel confident after spending months or even years looking for full employment without success. If you are fresh out of college with no financial commitment, it is much easier, however, if you are a mid-career, you might feel stress out trying to fulfill your financial commitment. A piece of advice is to spend some times to review your financial commitments. Be realistic and only spend on stuff you and your family need to live decently and trim down on the extra or luxury items. You will feel better and breathe easier.

You might feel all alone …

And unwanted especially if you cannot share the job interview rejection with anyone for fear of causing the other party to be disappointed or grieved. This is commonly followed by denial and then anger. Watch over it as it might lead you to abuse yourself like drinking an excessive amount of alcohol or vent your anger on your loved ones through words or actions. Next, you would play the incident over and over again and even rationalize why you were rejected. The final stage would be acceptance. You would come to term with the reply and move on.

It is good to see the job interview rejection in the right light; is part and parcel of life. It happened to everybody, not just you. And you need to face it squarely. Stick to your job search objectives. Don’t lose sight of it. If you need the time out, go for it like spending time playing a favorite sport, watch a comedy, and go on a short getaway with a friend. Get re-charge before starting from where you left off.

Develop New Ways to Think About Work

The entire world of work has been changing over the last several years, but even more rapidly since the recession began. I regularly hear clients express their concern over a lack of open positions; few are being posted, none of their friends’ companies have any openings, and the unemployment rate is rising. What can be done?

Keep in mind that these problems primarily apply to full-time employment. Yes, you probably need to make a certain income, and working 20 hours a week may not be the best way to accomplish this. Still, is working for a Fortune 500 company the only way?

For just a moment, consider some additional options that will allow you to work 40 hours, or make the same amount of income in less time. You can freelance, work as a contract employee, work two part-time jobs, start your own business, or work at a start-up company (which can consist of just 2 or 3 employees).

In this changing world, the old business models are falling away. That can be scary, but these new choices may have positives that previous jobs did not. For example, as a freelance or self-employed worker, you will likely be more in charge of your own schedule. Wouldn’t it be a nice change of pace to go on a field trip with your kids without first having to ask your boss?

Working two part-time jobs or in a small start-up organization may not give you the same flexibility, but they come with their own perks. You will have more variety, and both provide a greater opportunity to develop new skills. Specifically, at a start-up, you will have more of a chance to wear many hats. For people who get bored easily, these options may be worth taking a closer look at.

These choices are not without their downsides, but what is? If you have been out of work for a long time, or just want to try something different, it just might be time to explore these out-of-the-box options.