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Dealing with Rejection

Dealing with Rejection

Not every job is the perfect fit. Perhaps the interview didn’t go well. Maybe you were having an off-day. That doesn’t mean you should get down on yourself. It’s important to remember when dealing with rejection that every employer is different. Even within an industry, there is variation in what skills an employer deems valuable for a job. Don’t give up after rejection, both on your job search and in communicating with the individual employer.

Reaching out to the employer shows resilience and is an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate a constructive attitude towards failure. Doing so will not only help you learn how to better improve your ability to interview, but also signal to the employer that they should keep you in mind should new, more-suitable opportunities arise.

Your follow-up email to the employer should:

  1. Thank them for their time
  2. Request feedback on your interview
  3. Reiterate your interest in their company and industry

A sample email:

Hi Jane,

Thanks again for your time and consideration. Even though things didn’t work out, I really enjoyed discussing Nanobot’s business strategy with you.

Would you be open to providing feedback on my performance, notably what caused you to decide to go in a different direction, and what I can improve in future conversations with employers? I’m always looking for ways to improve and constructive feedback is very much appreciated.

Additionally, I remain very interested in the industry, and Nanobot in particular. If anything changes on your end please let me know.



Vocate Editor

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