Facing Rejection in Your Job Search? You Aren’t Alone. Use It to Your Advantage



The process of looking for a new job takes time and effort. If the interview is a slam dunk, you may feel extremely optimistic and then never hear back from the company.

Why? Everyone knows that rejections occur because of competition, a proper fit for the company’s culture or the lack of professionalism during the interview, but there is no doubt that not hearing back from the hiring source is far and away the most infuriating part of a job search.

Looking at it from an employer’s perspective, there are quite a few reasons that you don’t get the final decision, of yes or no. First of all, I will reach back to talk about competition. During the great recession in 2008, there were so many job seekers that never hear from respective companies in regards to decisions because experienced candidates were at a 500 resumes for 1 position. Finding quality candidates is difficult. 

Second, companies must spend quite a bit of money to find a candidate, make an offer, bringing them through orientation and getting up to speed with their position; this is an investment of thousands of dollars on one new worker.

Finally, a company might be keeping their options open; sometimes the number one candidate just doesn’t work out and then number two or three is offered the position. They don’t want to shut the door on the other candidates or themselves.

So what does an active candidate do at the end of the final interview about the next step in the hiring process? You can ask the interviewer about time allotments for final decisions. If you still haven’t heard back, I believe that you should take a proactive step to ask through email or a direct phone call.

If the final answer is no, be gracious. Walking away from the situation is fine, but reaching out and sending an email/writing a nice note to the hiring manager will make a company wonder, “Was not hiring this candidate the right decision for myself and the company?  Was this the X factor that makes me believe  that?”  Also, take a break, whether that is an hour or a week, to recharge, keep fresh and focused. 

Rejection is a part of the job search, but you can ease the disappointment and be proactive for the next search through these steps.Hard work can be a true catalyst towards the job that is right for you. 

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