September 17, 2021

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Rejection After Your Job Interview: What to do now?

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And not again! You thought you were quite convincing in the interview and the job is safe for you. Maybe you thought that you did not do good in the interview, and now you get the confirmation. You get a rejection letter after your interview. Frustration is normal, especially if it is not your first rejection. We’ll tell you what’s going on…

1. Do not take it personally
2. Troubleshooting
3. Correct Answer; wait for the Second Chance

Do not take the rejection personally
A cancellation, or rejection, after the interview is particularly disappointing, especially if you wanted the job badly and if it is your first failed interview. You may have the opinion that have you presented yourself convincingly in the interview, and that you deserved to be selected. But truth of the matter is that you should not take it personally. Sooner or later, you will get the chance to present/show/convince a company, with your career and your professional skills, that you are the right candidate for the job.

Companies usually invite several applicants to an interview. Of these candidates, however, usually only one can get the job. Perhaps a competitor had an ace in his sleeve against which no one else had a chance, for example an extraordinary but sought-after foreign language or practice experience in a very special area.

Trouble shooting after cancellation
An error analysis after the rejection does not hurt. On the contrary, take the failed job interview as an occasion to review your answers, your appearance, your outfit, and your behavior again. Since most of the job applications are based on the same pattern, you can also consider important points for the next time:

Were you on time?
What would you have been better able to prepare for?
On which questions did you not have a good answer ready?
Were there moments when you could have a better behavior? (Welcome, small talk, more smile, body language etc.)
Was your outfit appropriate for the job, the position, and the industry? (Clean shoes, ironed clothing, coherent color combination, etc.)

You should also ask yourself what was going on well in the interview. You can also learn from that. A call in the company after the rejection can possibly give information about why one has received a rejection instead of the much hoped-for approval. It is possible that you will get an honest information, but it is not guaranteed. Many companies prefer to give “politically correct” replies. Due to the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG,) many companies are very cautious with their refusal reasons, in order not to be sued by applicants.

To ask for the reasons by telephone (or by e-mail,) also underscore your interest in the company and they may even give you a second chance. If, however, the rejection letter is expressly requested to refrain from asking questions, then one should also stick to it. Helpful answers are not to be expected anyway.

Correct Reply to a rejection letter – Second Chance
In view of the (threatening) shortage of skilled labor, many companies have already recognized that they should also find a way to deal with rejected applicants. The trend is to open the option of second-chance opportunity to convincing applicants. This is why it is important that you react and respond quickly after receiving the bad news. In doing so, you offer the company the right to save your application documents. If a future job opening offers itself again at a later date, the company can thus access you.

Sample of a reply
Dear Mr. [Contact person] / Dear Madam [Contact person],

Thank you for your message of [date], although I regret the cancellation of course.

For my further talks, it would help me very much if you could give me the reasons for your cancellation. This would of course be possible in a short telephone call.

You can save my application documents as required and consider them in the future in similar positions.

Best regards

[Your name]

This strategy also includes the applicant management systems on the company’s online career pages, in which applicants submit their data and documents via forms and input forms. Above all, large corporations, which receive a large number of applications every day, use these systems to build up a pool of potential candidates, which they can access when vacancies are available. As an applicant, you have nothing to lose if you allow the company after the failed interview to save the applicant data.

A rejection after the interview can have many reasons. This also includes reasons beyond the sphere of influence. A demand in the company may help in the error analysis or even open a second chance. Basically you should be self-critical after a rejection, and not be discouraged by it after the interview. Believe in yourself! With a healthy self-esteem, one can convince his interlocutors, in the job interview, much easier.

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