The job search process can be tough.  In the game of interviewing, you will win some, but you may inevitably lose some as well. Don’t let a job rejection devastate your morale.  Not every interview is going to result in a perfect match between employee and employer; instead of taking it too personally and letting a rejection deflate your motivation to keep searching, follow these tips on bouncing back from a job rejection stronger than ever!

Accept the rejection gracefully.

We know, you’re disappointed.  You might even be angry.  However, it’s imperative that you accept the rejection with grace and maturity.  Don’t sulk or pout.  Don’t spew obscenities to the bearer of bad news through the phone.  Thank them for their time, and if you still are interested in the company despite the rejection, express this and ask to be considered for future opportunities.  There is still a chance to be in their potential candidate pool, so don’t burn the bridge just yet.

Ask for feedback.

If your mind is boggled by the rejection and you just can’t fathom how an interview that you thought went so perfectly didn’t land you the job, you can politely ask for feedback.  Again, maturity is key.  “Why not me?  I’m perfect for the job!” and “What are you thinking?  I didn’t do anything wrong!” are not the right ways to approach this conversation.  Instead, politely say something like, “Thank you for your time.  I truly appreciate your consideration.  Is it possible for me to receive some feedback on what went wrong so I can improve upon myself as a candidate for future opportunities?”  Not only will you gain some valuable insight through these critiques, but you also just might show the hiring manager that you really are passionate about being a great candidate, so they might consider you for future openings.

Practice makes perfect.

We know that walking into an interview can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience; when our nerves are on high alert, it is easy for tiny things to go wrong.  Consider each interview, regardless of the result, a good opportunity to gain practice on selling yourself.  Critique what went wrong, make the necessary adjustments and improve for the next time.  Practicing selling yourself can help establish confidence that will carry on beyond the interview process as well.

Don’t dwell on it.

It can be very difficult to follow the advice “don’t take it personally” after a rejection, but it is important to not let it bring you down.  Each company is looking for a very specific skill set and personality to fit their unique company, so just because you didn’t kick it off with one hiring manager doesn’t mean you are not the perfect fit for another organization.  The right position is out there for you; sometimes it just takes perseverance to uncover it.  Dwelling on a rejection will siphon your confidence and lead to more potential rejections down the line, so pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start focusing on how you can turn the experience into a positive step in becoming the best possible job candidate!