Learn from Job Rejection

It can be a devastating blow when you have done well in an interview and then you receive the dreaded bad news ... “I am sorry to tell you, unfortunately, you have not been selected...” They are difficult words to accept and can often take some time to sink in. However, you have to bear in mind that everyone at some stage in their life has had to cope with rejection, what is important is that you do not become too discouraged because this will ultimately affect your performance at your next interview. And remember, getting invited to an interview is an achievement in itself, so don’t beat yourself up!

How to Remain Optimistic

Feedback - ask the interviewer or recruiter for some feedback, this will give you a chance to learn from any mistakes or negativity you portrayed during the interview. Do not assume that it was your academic skills that prevented you from getting the job – the interviewer will be considering culture fit, responsibilities, growth opportunities and much more. Getting feedback may perhaps reinforce what subconsciously you already know about yourself – it is important to admit to a weakness as only then will true self-confidence develop.

Mock Interview

Try and do some mock interviews, just to practise simple gestures, for example, walking into the interview room, shaking hands, taking a seat, think of your body language and rehearse your academic and career background – until it becomes fluent.

Adopt a New Method

Put the past behind you, if you have had several rejections then it is vital not to dwell, as this could hinder your performance at your next interview. It is imperative that you continually learn, as development and progression will then come naturally.

Confidence Boost

Try and engage in some activity whether it is a hobby, sport or charity any pastime that will boost your self-esteem.


We cannot, as a recruiter, overstate the relevance of high self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem you will think negatively and become depressed, but if you have a high level of self-esteem then you will be happy with yourself and the people around you. You will also be confident, which will result in increased motivation and most importantly you will have the right attitude to succeed. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to recognise and nurture your self-worth.