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Handle Job Rejection with Grace

Handle Job Rejection with Grace

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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When applying and interviewing for jobs there is that dreaded period after submitting your resume, or after an interview, when you are waiting for a response. While that waiting period is well worth it if you are offered the role, if you are passed on there is no doubt, it hurts. So how do you handle that news in a way that reflects well on you and sets you up for future success? Here are some suggestions…

Gratitude not attitude
When you get the news that you were passed on, respond back in a measured and grateful way. If that means you reflect on the response for a couple of hours or even a day before pressing send that’s better than answering right away with a half thought out response. Start by first thanking them for letting you know their decision and for considering you for the role. Be gracious with your response and don’t burn any bridges. You never know, just because that particular role wasn’t a fit doesn’t mean that there might not be other opportunities at that company in the future that you may be considered for. If you leave things on a positive note you’ll leave the company with a positive impression of you so they will be more likely to think of you if and when those other roles arise.

Learn from it
If the opportunity allows for it, you can even ask for some feedback on why they decided to pass. Perhaps it was that you didn’t have the qualifications they were looking for, or weren’t the right cultural fit. Whatever the reason, the feedback will go a long way in helping you overall in your career. Know however that not everyone is willing or able to disclose this information. It may be that they don’t feel comfortable sharing this with you or it may be against their company policy. Even if you aren’t able to get feedback, asking for this shows them you are interested in improving and growing and will reflect well upon you.

Change your perspective
Look at it as an experience and a step to take you to where you want to be. You got to see what’s out there and have practice interviewing which will set you up better for your next interview. It’s likely their choice didn’t have anything do you with you personally and may have been based on factors you had zero control over. Learn from the experience and think about what you would do differently the next time. In addition to reflecting on that, also give yourself credit for what you did do right and focus on continue learning and growing.

If you are working with a recruiter during the interview process, it’s worth discussing the three points above with them. They may be able to talk to the client and get more information which they can share with you to help you grow. They will also work with you on overcoming the challenges you faced so you can position yourself better for your next interview.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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