How to handle a job application rejection?
There is nothing worse than receiving a phone call or an email to inform you that your application for a position has been declined and that you have not moved to the next stage of the recruitment process.
Reviewing, considering and then putting in a job application can be time consuming and can create emotions of excitement and hope in regards to getting that role, which could be your dream role and company.
No matter what stage of the process, be it the first communication from the hiring manager/recruiter via email to inform you that you have not been successful, right through to the final stages of the process and informed by a call, how you deal with the rejection can be as important as having a strong resume and cover letter.
What people can forget, normally, your application is tracked each step of the way, each and every communication that you have; phone, email or in a face to face interview is recorded in your candidate file in the recruitment software. Leaving a lasting and professional impression each step of the process is critical.
With any rejection, emotions, understandably can bubble to the surface – for some, a quick hit of the reply button on email could have long lasting impacts on any future applications with the company.
Your emails interactions could be logged against your candidate file. When you apply for future roles in the company, even if its much further down the track and with a different department, your communications could be viewed. Keeping it professional and engaging will certainly be a positive for you.
Many recruiters and hiring managers have seen time and time again, applicants react through emotions, stress or because they are unemployed with a quick email that can include highly inappropriate language of even physical harm threats.
No matter what your situation, or circumstances, take a moment, don’t immediately reply. Communicating in such an unprofessional way will simple close off any future opportunities with that business.
Normally, phone based rejections are completed when you have undertaken a face to face interview. Usually, you would have built a connection/rapport with the person your dealing with, but it’s important to handle rejection professionally.
Unlike an email rejection where you can take time to consider any reply via email, over the phone you will need to think on your feet.
There are other things to consider and that you can do to handle rejections. These will be based on the role, company and where you are in the process.
The most important thing, which is hard, don’t let your emotions take over. Doing so could lead you to react in a way that is not professional.
Dealing with a job application rejection in the right way, could help you further down the line. This is very important when applying through a recruitment agency that recruit for a wide range of roles and companies.
A momentary lapse of emotions and professionalism could cost with with not one company, but many.
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