Izzy, Ravir, and James were joined by friend-of-the-blogposts, Well-being Consultant Maria Mander. Some weeks ago, the group came together to discuss mental health when going through the job-hunting process. In the snippet below, the team discuss how to handle the rejection from an interview you really wanted. You can find the full podcast here.
Many of us will experience or have experienced the crushing disappointment when you’ve invested so much time, research, energy into an interview only to be rejected. While at the time it might feel like the worst has happened and life will probably never be the same again, it’s important to keep looking forward and focus on the next opportunity
Interviews are stressful, particularly ones that are made up of 4 or 5 stages for high level jobs. It’s important to not take it personally if unsuccessful; the hiring manager has someone in mind when they begin the process which can’t always work in everyone’s favour. James makes the point that while at the time it’s disappointing, going through the job-hunting process again six months down the line after not being the right fit is considerably more disappointing.
The team talk to clients and candidates daily and they’re quite clear when saying it’s very rare for a candidate to have completely bombed an interview. Usually, the client will respond with constructive feedback and it’s highly useful to take that feedback on board going forward.
Job-hunting can be a long winded, often disappointing process but that’s no reason to get complacent or to wallow. Maria expresses that with each interview means more experience in the process – you must focus on your strengths and keep faith that the right opportunity is out there.