How to deal with job rejection

How to deal with job rejection

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Whether dating or job searching, most of us have faced some rejection in life at one point or the other. Surprising, therapists say that job rejection can lead to as much depression as being dumped by a prospective lover. Fortunately, the big difference is that job rejections can be forgotten must faster than a failed relationship. Dealing with rejection can be very difficult, especially if job rejection has been a typical response on your hunt for a new role. Add in that, most job hunts involved a long, tiring process, and it's common for fatigue to set in. The key to success is to avoid getting depressed by staying positive and reading the signs.


When you are looking for a new job there are unfortunately a few ways to get rejected:

No feedback

You submit an application and never hear anything again, this unfortunately is part and parcel of recruitment. At KLC Recruitment we aim to email all applicants at a minimum to notify them if they have been unsuccessful, depending on the role this can be within a week or two or it can be later but we do our best to notify 100% of candidates.

Depending on the company though there is not always a process set up for this so you work away at personalising a cover letter and double checking your application to get nothing, you may even speak to someone on the phone and don’t ever hear from them again. Take this with a pinch of salt it could mean you have been pipped to the post by another candidate or for whatever reason that role is no longer going ahead. If you have the name and number of the person that you spoke to on the role don’t be afraid to reach out and ask them if the role has been filled.


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The call

You have submitted your application, been through a telephone interview and maybe even multiple short calls to set up a face to face interview. You go to the interview and you leave feeling confident that you answered the questions and made friends with the interviewer, your phone rings and you expect a job offer, but you get rejected told you are not been offered the role.

Now at this point I think people have a rush of emotions, disappointment, shock upset and sometimes anger.

So how to deal with this rejection?


go into a rant that you don’t need the job and would never want to work for that company anyway – this reaction is not changing the circumstances, will not assist you in future recruitment and who knows if you will cross paths with the person on the other side of the phone again!



take your time, if they haven’t offered up an explanation ask a few questions.

  1. Has the position been filled?
  2. Can I get feedback on why I was unsuccessful?
  3. Do you have any other roles I may be suitable for?

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Most recruiters I know are more than happy to answer the above questions and this is the information you need to understand why you didn’t get the role and if there is anything that you can work on for future interviews. More often than not if you made it through to a face to face interview then so did at least one other candidate so it could come down to them have more experience than you or a more relevant qualification. If there was a part of the interview that you didn’t do so well on you need this information, listen to the feedback and even ask how could you improve although this conversation sometimes feels uncomfortable you will be able to work on any shortcomings to help you nail the next interview!


written by
Natalie Hinchsliff


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