It happens to the best of us. Being rejected for a position is never a pleasant experience. It’s flat out tough.
What went wrong? What could you have done differently? Was this the right position for you? Did you have the right set of skills for the job? Those are all questions that job seekers who have been turned down ask themselves — unfortunately not knowing what the answers are.
Overcoming obstacles is just part of the job seeking game, and there are effective ways to turn the rejection into a positive experience that can help you grow and eventually land your dream job.
After the interview
Even though you may think you aced the interview, the position you’re seeking can still be awarded to another candidate. Many job seekers end the process after the first interview and wait to hear back from their potential employer — but the game is not over yet. It is important to note that your actions in the few days following the interview are just as important as the interview itself.
According to Stanford University it is crucial to send your interviewer, and anyone else involved in the interview process, a personal thank you note. It is simple professional courtesy, and it indicates your interest in the position. The rule of thumb here is to be courteous and polite, and always proofread your copy. You spent hours revising and polishing your resume, it would be a shame if your thank you note had grammatical errors or typos.
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