How to deal with a rejection after your application?


Let's face it: "not being retained" after several meetings at the same company doesn't make you happy. That's the least you can say. Sometimes it's hard not to take that personally and question yourself.

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater."

Just because you're not retained doesn't mean that your professional experience and studies suddenly mean less. Or even more so, that you should question your personality.

Don't forget that employers and selection agencies base their decisions on several factors. Many of these factors are beyond your control.

Dare to ask, if you want to learn from these conversations. Ask about the positive and less positive elements, ask about things you should pay attention to or adapt.

"Asking" takes some effort and maybe that's why it's better to process your disappointment first. So it is best to wait with asking for feedback until you have put everything in order.

Once you have that, how do you as a candidate get the right feedback from the recruiter or HR Manager in question?

Increase your resilience: 6 tips

Learn from your rejection by applying 6 tips. This will also increase your resilience.

Be honest with yourself

Ask yourself the difficult questions again, at a quiet moment and give an honest answer to yourself. Write these answers down as well. What would you do differently next time? What would you definitely not say again? What did you do well and very well?

Take the initiative yourself

If the interviewer does not provide immediate feedback, ask for it! Pick up your phone and ask for feedback, both positive and negative. Ask specific questions to get a clear answer, this is where you can learn the most.

Ask for information about your attitude

It is difficult to change your work experiences and studies, but it is possible to change how you come across and how convincing you are.

This may not be easy the first time, but it will help you prepare better for future interviews.

Ask for examples

The more concrete the feedback, the more it can help you in the future. Tell the interviewer that you are open to criticism and that you are eager to learn. It will encourage the person in question to give you practical tips.

Do not take feedback personally

The fact that you are not reticent is not a personal attack.

Some HR people find it very difficult to give feedback because it is not always black and white.

So, put feedback in context and stay who you are.

Focus on your next appointment

Ask the HR Manager if there are any similar positions you could be considered for.

The fact that you were held back for several rounds often means that there was a match with the company culture but ultimately not with that specific position.

We hope these tips will help you succeed in your next application.
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Best of luck!

Your Axis family


Elle Fleurackers

Proactive & passionate MarCom Manager with a broad range of interests.