What Can You Really Learn from Rejection?

It’s never easy to face rejection, but is it always need to be a bad thing? There’s always something you can learn from those harsh words – knowledge, difficult to get when you are talking to your friends or family or even coworkers. Honest feedback is a rare commodity and it is a great opportunity for you to learn. Not only about your strengths and weaknesses, but also about the impression you make on people who don’t know you. There is a lot to learn from the negative feedback after an interview.

You may be skilled, experienced and a reliable employee, but at the same time you may be perceived by recruiters and managers as unprofessional, chaotic, indecisive and difficult to communicate with. People who are interviewing you don’t have access to your everyday performance at work. They have only hour or two to get to know you, maybe more often than not, their opinion won’t reflect who you are as an employee; rather, it will reflect the way you are being perceived. You could say that it shouldn’t matter, that only your professional skills should have value in the recruitment process, but the truth is that you need to not only be able to do the job but you also to communicate. This is need to convince a bunch of people you can do the job. So if you have notices that you’ve been turned down after many jobs that you have interviewed for, and for which you know you were qualified, It would be great time to have a look at the feedback you’ve received.

There are few reasons for declining candidates in the process that are pretty common:

Not a good fit for the team/lacking teamwork skills:

If you heard that multiple times, it may point to they way that you present yourself. Maybe you are presenting as an individual player, when the hiring manager is looking for more of a team player. This might worry a potential employer because as a new team member it’s very important for you to listen, observe and learn from your team members, and then to be a productive part of the team. Also you need to be able to work with others and not to spoil the atmosphere they worked hard to create.

A better suited candidate has been selected for the role:

If you’ve heard that multiple times, maybe it’s time to reconsider your experience and the roles you are applying for. It’s possible you are overreaching and applying for positions you are too junior for.

Lacking soft skills/communication skills:

It is hard to hear but sometimes we don’t realize that we might be alienating people around you by using language that is too specialized for the audience, or by answering in very short manner, assuming your audience have the same knowledge you have. It might also happen that you are using register that is not proper for the setting you are in. Ask your recruiter for details and try to adjust the way you talk to the people you are interacting with.

We are not able to meet your salary expectations:

This might mean your salary expectations are not in line with what market is ready to offer at that time compared to the people with your skill set. Also, maybe you currently paid over the market price and job change is not a good idea for you now.

Whatever the reason given for your decline, always try to understand and analyze the feedback your receive. Best to take from it what could be useful to you in future recruitment processes.



By |2018-08-24T13:04:43+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: After the Interview|0 Comments

About the Author:

Aleksandra worked with Aon Hewitt RPO for 4 years before becoming part of PeopleScout team in Poland. She graduated with a degree in Social Policy studies from Jagiellonski University. Her main focus was on job market issues and fighting unemployment. She's a Junior Sourcing Specialist, currently supporting recruitment for a US-based financial institution.

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