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Don’t Ever Take a Job Rejection Personally After an Interview

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In many instances, being rejected from a job could feel like a personal insult, especially if you’ve devoted large amounts of time and effort to the interview process. 

Landing a position at a company is no easy task and often takes more time than most would expect. This is mostly due to the huge amount of competition in a given field. 

Factors that cannot be controlled by you more often than not contribute to you not being successful after an interview. If you’ve made it to the final round, you should try, and I know this is hard, to be proud that you got that far. This is an accomplishment in and of itself and will give you confidence for future interviews. 

The initial feeling of rejection from a job that we really wanted or needed could make you want to throw some kind of a tantrum. But there’s no need. Use that energy to lock in the next interview and to sharpen your skills. Or even focus it into something you like doing. 

I was rejected from a position where the interview went extremely well. I knew I had impressed them and assumed that there was a good chance I’d get an offer. After waiting around 3 weeks, they told me they were not going to move forward with me. 

I got really angry for a second, but channeled that energy into writing one of my highest hitting articles ever. The raw emotion allowed me to communicate something through my writing that I would not be able to during a mundane regular day. 

Even if you totally blow the interview, you should not fret for long. Oftentimes what you will discover is that your next interview will be completely different and fit your style a lot more. This is a company that you are better off at then the one where you were stumped several times when they asked you unnecessary technical questions. 

For most positions you need to learn on-the-fly and be good with people and any good hiring manager knows this. Getting a bunch of answers right on a multiple choice test or solving a coding problem doesn’t necessarily make you a quality employee. 

When you receive that type of rejection, just know that it won’t happen when something better is on the table. Always keep hope and don’t take it personal. 

There’s also always going to be someone who knows a bit more about a particular tool or topic that is required for the position. This also might sink you in the overall race to the job, but there’s no possible way to know everything and it’s ultimately out of your control. 

Remember that every interview is an opportunity not only to get a job, but to get better at interviewing. This is a skill that every person will need in the work force. Make sure to improve your interviewing and don’t assume every interview will lead to job. 

Trust your process and better yourself each time. This will make landing a job inevitable. 


  1. That post couldn’t have come at the better time. I have one interview scheduled for tomorrow and I really want for it to go well, but reading this gave me reassurance that not everything is in my hands during this process and that there will be another, better opportunity if this one doesn’t go through. Hoping for the best though.


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