Rejection: Why It May be Your Friend

So you were rejected from the job you interviewed for. Now what? Everyone, at some point in their careers, experiences rejection. It feels pretty disappointing – right? Especially if it was a job or internship you were really excited about. No matter how bummed you are, your next few steps can make or break you.

Step 1: Take a Deep Breath

When you first receive the rejection letter, your first reaction could be to cry or feel pretty low. That’s okay! It’s normal. Allow yourself to feel the disappointment, and then take a deep breath. Realize that you did the best you could. Think of it this way – it wasn’t that you weren’t good enough. Someone else may have had more experience, schooling, or attributes that the hiring manager was looking for.

Step 2: Be Gracious

Next, thank the employer for their time and consideration. You can even go as far as asking for feedback. What went wrong? What could you have improved upon? Hearing this could give you helpful advice for your next interview.

Step 3: Turn Negative Energy into Constructive Energy

Yes, you will feel disappointment. You might feel bad about yourself or doubt your abilities. Channel this negative energy into something constructive. Take it as an opportunity to work on your weaknesses.

Step 4: Look Forward

Maybe this just wasn’t the right job for you. Believe that there is something else better out there. A job that is even better than this one. This optimistic approach will give you the fuel you need to keep applying and continue interviewing.

Step 5: Onto the Next One

Go into the next interview with confidence and a smile. Remember the past rejection, but don’t dwell upon it. Learn from your mistakes, if you made any, and move forward.


Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from

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