President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
At least once in your lifetime you will experience an ever-dreadful job rejection from a position you were truly excited about landing. Yes, rejection is tough. It can be gut-wrenching and can have a negative impact on your confidence and self-esteem. However, you should never let it deter you from moving forward with your job search. So, here are a couple of ways to overcome job rejection.
Reflect back on your interview. How was your body language? Were you poised and sitting up straight? Did you fidget much? Although it may seem minute, your body language plays a strong role in the interviewing process. It can tell the employer a whole lot about your character. Therefore, it is important to exude confidence in your demeanor.
Additionally, it is crucial to be mindful of your squirming. Your fidgeting during the interview can be very distracting to the interviewer. It may cause him/her to concentrate more on that rather than your conversation. Employers seek employees who are assured in their skills and certain that they can be of value to the company. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! Find a friend or family member you trust to be frank with you and have mock interviews. You can practice holding good posture and ridding yourself of any distracting ticks.
Furthermore, after you receive a job rejection, don’t be afraid to ask why. Kindly inquire about the reason for the rejection, and request for some constructive criticism. Knowing why you were not chosen for the position is a huge learning experience. It allows you to realize your mistakes and prevents you from making them on your next interview.
Overall, it is best to use a job rejection as your motivation and fuel to do better on the next interview. Try your best to not let it discourage you from continuing your job search. Use it as a stepping-stone to becoming a better and more confident candidate for the next opportunity.
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