Finding Opportunities in Rejection

Rejection is hard. It’s hard when you studied really hard and ended up getting a bad grade. It’s hard when you finally got the courage to ask out that cute girl in English and she tells you she has a boyfriend. And it’s hard when the guy you’ve been talking to tells you he wants to be friends. But what’s even harder is after all of the blood, sweat, and tears that you put in to getting your degree and you’re getting the “thanks, but no thanks” generic email.

That’s your opportunity to reevaluate what’s going wrong.

  1. Are you getting calls for phone interviews?
    • If you answered yes– congratulations, your resume is working for you
    • If you answered no– time to edit and polish the resume
  2. Are you getting call backs for an interview?
    • If you answered yes– congratulations, your past experience demonstrates you have the skills and behaviors that the organization is looking for
    • If you answered no– time to reevaluate how you’re answering those questions and if there’s a way you can tie your experiences in with what they’re looking for
      • HINT: If/when you do have those phone screens, try to remember to write down the questions they ask. One, it will give you a chance to think through the question. Two, you’ll have a list of questions to work on for future opportunities. Most phone screens will have the same variation of questions.
  3. Are you getting the job?
    • If you answered yes– WOOHOO! You are a superstar.
    • If you answered no– it’s time to polish up your interviewing skills.
      • HINT: Look the part, sounds the part, and know the part. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Make sure you’re not being informal and thinking through each question they ask you. Make sure you have done your research on the company, the job, and of course possible interview questions.

Last, but not least, you can always reach out to the recruiter or the hiring manager for feedback, but remember that 99% of the time you may not hear anything back at all. It’s not their priority nor do they want to open up a liability. But, on occasion, you may hear something back that is useful. Either way, it can’t hurt to ask.

What have some of your past experiences taught you about how to ‘get the job’?

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