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Our top tips for dealing with interview rejection


When you build yourself up for an interview, it can be disheartening if you don’t get offered a job. But there’s no reason to let everything come tumbling down. Life is full of hiccups, and it’s how we deal with failure that shapes us.

You can do all the prep in the world, but sometimes on the day, the interview doesn’t turn out how you expected. Things may not always go to plan, but that’s OK, because it gives us the opportunity to grow and come back stronger.

If you see this set back as a chance to reflect and consider how you can improve, you’ll be much better equipped to tackle your next interview. Here are some top tips to help you deal with job interview rejection, so you can continue down your desired career path.

Reflect on what you’ve learned through the interview process


Recognise that it’s all part of your journey

We can’t all get every job we apply for. Don’t set ridiculously high expectations for yourself. Most people go through their career and meet a few stumbling blocks along the way. If you meet these challenges with awareness then you can continue making improvements for next time. Frustratingly, failure is a part of life - but it shouldn’t break you.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Sir Winston Churchill.



Don’t take it personally

At the end of the day, it’s just business. If you take things to heart, or start putting yourself down too much, you’re in stormy seas. Companies don’t end up hiring people for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it has nothing to do with you personally, it’s just hiring you doesn’t quite fit with their vision. Rejection is a big part of business, and it’s something everyone has to deal with. You’re not in this alone.


Don’t tell yourself you’re not good enough

If you struggle with a job rejection it’s probably because you think you’re not good enough.  Your beliefs about yourself are what will make the difference in how you react to job rejection. After all, it’s not the event (not getting the job) that’s the problem, it’s the meaning we give to it that is the real issue. It comes from our deeper values and beliefs about who we are. So, in summary, if you're thinking you’re not good enough, you may need to address why this is the case. Remember to stay positive!



Ask for constructive feedback

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about yourself. With this ammunition, you can go to your next interview with a fresh perspective. If you have an interview, and you’re unsuccessful, it’s worth asking for feedback afterwards. Try not to take it to heart. It’s valuable information that you can use to develop and improve.



Evaluate your performance

As well as asking for feedback from the interviewer, take some time to reflect on your performance. Make some notes after your interview about how you felt it went, where you performed well and areas where you feel you could improve upon.

You might be surprised by how many handy things you come up with. However, don’t overanalyze your performance to the point where you’re breaking yourself down. Instead of stewing over the little things, take action and do something constructive. This leads us onto our next and final point...


Set goals for next time

Based on your notes and evaluation of your performance, have a think about some goals you can set for your next interview. Plus, some things you can do in the meantime to give yourself a better interview toolkit. These can be simple things like working on your body language, to studying certain areas in more depth.



You may not have succeeded this time, but it will help you to be better prepared for your next interview. So, what are you waiting for? Get prepping and approach your next interview with confidence and pride. Apply for a job with IHG online today.



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