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Didn’t Get That Job? Might Be For The Best!

Didn’t Get That Job Might Be For The Best!

We’ve all been there. You’ve applied for the job, passed the phone screening, did well in the interview (or that’s what you thought), only to get rejected few days later.

Sounds familiar? I know, it’s frustrating. But what if this rejection was actually better than getting the job?

Trust me, I’ve been there. When you’re a job seeker, and you spend hours on one application and get an interview, you are emotionally attached to the outcome. While your frustration is natural, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture.

So you didn’t get that job? Here are 3 reasons how that can be good for you.

1. The Next One Will Be Better

Picture this scenario: You’ve got this job opportunity from the very first interview, and started working in the company of your dreams. Few weeks later you realise that this job isn’t for you (which is common recently), so you naturally start looking for other options.

At this stage, when you interview for a new role, you’re likely to be competing against a pool of candidates who have had few interviews in the past, and will likely do better than someone who only interviewed once in their life!

Here’s a tip for you: ALWAYS ask for feedback after the interview, that’s the only way to improve. The employer might mention that they found a better candidate, in which case you’ll ask about your specific responses and get their feedback.

2. You’re Ahead In The Process

This may sound logical, but the reality is that many international students and graduates spend weeks or even months before getting their first interview.

Just the fact that you’ve passed that and interviewed professionally is already a good indication of your employability prospects.

Of course, the whole point of interviewing for a job is to get it, but if you don’t, you’ll develop a better understanding of the industry needs, team culture and salary expectations. In some cases you might reassess your career direction based on the new information.

Here’s a tip for you: While getting an interview should be your goal with job applications, be selective in what jobs you apply for. This will mean that you work for an organisation you want to be at, as opposed to you ‘just getting a job’.

3. You’ve Connected With A Decision-Maker

By the time the interviews are conducted, you would’ve already spent 30-60 minutes with at least one key connection in your industry. If it’s a panel interview, it’s even better for your brand.

Professionals in any given industry run in similar circles, and it is likely that they’ll end up in another organisation, in which you’d like to work for in the future.

If you find a new position where they work now, you’re already ahead of most of the competition, and therefore more likely to get the job.

Here’s a tip for you: After any interview, send a note to the manager thanking them for their time. Even if the outcome is not what you hoped for, a LinkedIn connection follow-up can establish the beginning of a great professional connection.

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