How to handle not getting the job


by Morgan Hunt | 4 months ago

Rejection letters will come regardless of your professionally prepared CV, carefully crafted cover letter, and stellar interview. You are not alone. Nearly everyone has received one.

While it varies from job to job, an average of 250 resumes are received for each online application, in cold hard numbers that’s a 250:1 ratio of CV’s to jobs. The numbers speak for themselves, resulting in the probability that each candidate will receive at least one rejection letter during their job hunt.

Here are our top tips for getting through that rejection and what you should do about it:

Don’t take it personally

Arguably the best piece of advice you’ll get after receiving a job rejection; getting rejected is not the be-all and end-all of your personal and professional worth - you know you had the right qualifications as you were asked to interview you just may not be the best fit for the job, company or employer.

Recognise that most searches are competitive, and many talented candidates are often rejected due to the fact only one person can get the job. Keep in mind that the employer is not actually rejecting you, but rather saw other candidates as a better fit. Hiring decisions are typically subjective; it is entirely possible that if you had met with a different recruiter they might have chosen you.

Talk it out

Anger, frustration and despair - these are just a few of the emotions that you will experience after receiving a rejection letter. Avoid dismissing them but instead process them so that you will be able to deal with them in a more effective way. Talk to a friend or family member and share your feelings in a confidential setting.

What you don’t need to do is say anything negative to the employer because you may want to apply to the organisation again in the future. Responding with "Your loss" will guarantee that you won't be considered for another position at the company.

Ask for feedback

While getting feedback can be a challenge, it is essential for your professional development. Work with a recruiter who can provide candid feedback from the company about your professional credentials and performance during the hiring process. Make the interviewer aware how important feedback is to you, this will demonstrate your commitment to self-development and may even convince them to hire you – attitude can be just as important as ability.

Follow up with an email after your interview, it exhibits professionalism and a keen interest in the role. Surprisingly few people do this so you’ll stand out from the competition. Make sure you state in the email that you welcome any feedback, this encourages a response.

Address the issues

Once feedback is received, look at it with an open mind, reflect upon your approach to the hiring process to see if there is anything you could improve upon in the future. Take a step backwards and review your resume, cover letter, interview, and follow up activity. Some of the most common issues that are reported on are; 

  • Mistakes in the CV and/or cover letter 
  • Inappropriate interview answers especially in competency-based interviews 
  • Lack of technical knowledge 

Keep in mind that there is always room for improvement - find it and act on it, making the relevant improvements to find the job you want. 

Consult an expert

While positivity and persistence are crucial in your job hunting success, you must also adopt a proactive approach. Talk to an expert, such as a career coach, a recruitment specialist, or a trusted advisor for constructive criticism. Here at Morgan Hunt our consultants work on a personal and consultative basis, always happy to lend an ear and offer up advice. Don’t hesitate in asking.

Narrow your search

In a competitive job market where companies have leaner budgets and structures, you will be hired under stricter requirements. Most, if not all companies will only hire employees who are a 100% match for the job.

Be selective where you apply. Don't be afraid to turn down opportunities pitched to you by headhunters and recruitment agents. If you feel it’s not right, don’t go there. Only apply for roles that you feel you are suitable; research the role, the company, its culture and the team in as much detail as possible to estimate how appropriate you and they are before accepting an interview.  

Work your network

Network, network, network. Many of the best job opportunities never make it to advertisements due to being discussed and shared amongst inner networks. Ask around. Attend networking events. Be part of the social scene, such as the local watering hole where employees spend their after-work hours. 

Get back on the horse

Rather than spending your valuable time sitting by the phone, waiting for it to ring, or leaving your errors up to speculation, take your future into your own hands and get back on the horse. Start by getting in touch with one of our consultants today on 020 7419 8900.