Being rejected for a job is never easy. You put a lot of time and effort into your job search and your application, and then you have nothing to show for it. Your mind naturally turns to the question of why: “What did I do wrong?” you ask.
Asking why is especially important, because every failure in the job search should be used as a learning opportunity, learning from your mistakes and making improvements. There could be a number of reasons why you were turned down for the job, some entirely outside your control. But start by taking a look at the things you can control.
Look back over your resume and examine it with a critical eye. Was the spelling and grammar correct? Was it neat and well organized? Did you show your skills and accomplishments effectively? Were they relevant to the job? How well did you convey the value you could add to the company? Did you support your assertions with facts and figures? Have someone else take a look at it to get a second opinion.
You might have made it to the interview stage before being eliminated from consideration. If you did, you should actually feel pretty good. Odds are, there were many people who applied, and relatively few who made it to the interview stage. So, your rejection could simply be a matter of numbers. In this case, you probably were an excellent candidate, but with so many applicants, there may have been someone who fit the requirements more closely.
But again, review your responses with a critical eye. Did you prepare well enough? Did you do enough research about the company? Did you think about the questions you were likely to get, practicing your answers so that they were polished and confident? Think about your body language. Did you appear poised and confident?
Sometimes, there are things going on within the company that you may know nothing about that affect your chances of getting the job. Company leadership may have decided to go in a new direction, or there may have been budgetary factors at work. The hiring manager may have had reservations about how you would fit in with the company culture, or how your personality would mesh with his team.
No matter what the reason, it is important to learn from the experience, and then move on. Developing the resilience to pick yourself up again is essential, and learning to recover from failure is an important element in your search.
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