Dealing With Rejection

There are a variety of reasons that job seekers are not hired. In addition to employer preference, and the situations where an employer has already selected a potential candidate prior to your application; there are other reasons that may prevent you from hearing those words “You’re hired!” None of us like to be rejected, and it is very hard not to take it personally. Try not to let rejection impact your positive outlook during the job search.

Even when the interview seems to have gone well and the employer made encouraging remarks during the interview process, you must accept that you may not be the perfect match for a particular position. By concentrating on your strengths and maintaining a positive attitude you can help reduce the anxiety of the job search process. Be proactive and motivated during your job search.

Developing a routine and sticking to it will help boost your confidence. Create a schedule of weekly activities that include labor market research in the field you are seeking; incorporate job search strategies such as local papers, internet, classifieds, networking and employment agencies. Set aside time for submitting resumes and keep a record of the company and representative you send them to. Follow up after sending résumés to ensure they were received. Write letters, and always send a thank you note after attending an interview.


The more prepared you are for interviews, the better you will be able to portray your strengths, value and abilities to the employer. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you picture a positive outcome, you will be able to portray your value and skills with confidence. As you prepare for an interview, review some of the mistakes applicants make and reasons that potential employees may not be hired. With preparation and focus on employer objectives during the interview, you can avoid some of the common mistakes.

  • Poor personal appearance
  • Sloppy application, résumé
  • Forget information in the résumé
  • Over aggressive, know it all
  • No career plan, purpose, or goal
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of Courtesy
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Limp handshake
  • Untruthful, evasive answers
  • Lack of knowledge in career field
  • Lack of research on company history
  • Poor grammar, diction
  • Over emphasis on money
  • Focus on money too soon
  • Expect preferential treatment
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Arriving late for interview
  • Too serious, no sense of humor
  • Negative comments
  • Criticize previous employers
  • Lack of social skills
  • Too immature
  • Lack of stability in work force
  • Lack of preparation
  • Fail to follow up after interview
  • Notify your references
  • Lack of flexibility in your goals
  • Criticize other applicants
  • Rude to current employees

If you do the research and employ a sincere approach to preparation, you can take control of your future, properly conduct your job search, and enjoy a more positive outcome.