3 Tips on How to Handle Job Rejections Better

We have all been there.

You put in hours to polish up your CV/Resume, you meticulously write your cover letter and have several friends review it to ensure you have put your best foot forward. You get invited for the interviews.

Once again, you have friends conduct mock interviews with you, you read through all the interview preparation materials you can get your hands on. You prepare. You do your part.

Then comes the moment of truth.

You do all the interviews and feel like you have aced them and are told to wait to hear back from the interview team within the next 2–3 weeks. It’s now over a month and you have not heard back from them or you have heard back from them and have been told those familiar words, “unfortunately, we could not offer you the position at the moment as there were other candidates who had a much better fitting experience than yours’ “.

This is just one of the many job rejection scenarios that happen to job seekers. There are many other reasons why our job applications fail or we fail interviews. Just like another rejections, job rejections can be disheartening and take a huge toll on our emotional and social well being. However, when looked at from a different perspective, they can offer a lot of positive learning, personal growth and development to you as you seek for better job opportunities..

I have failed many job interviews. In fact, even for my current role, I failed the first job interview in 2019 but I did what I needed to do and finally applied again a year later and got the job.

Here are a few lessons I have learnt from the several job rejections I have received through out the last 12 years of my career:

  1. It’s nothing personal: Many times when we face rejection in our lives, we take it personally. We feel inadequate. We feel like we don’t measure up and are not good enough. This gets worse when we get rejected for jobs we feel we qualify for and have prepared extensively for. A friend of mine and I always joke about these job rejections. We always say, “oh they just missed having the best and most hard working person on their team.” We should move on quickly because in many cases none of the people on the interview panel knows you personally or has anything against you and as such they couldn’t have made their decision because they have anything against you. They just chose the best person based on their point of view and how you both showed up. Additionally, as a person who has hired people for my teams as well, I know how hard it is to choose among several very good candidates. I have now learnt to cut hiring managers some slack each time they end up not hiring me as the best person for the job.

Ultimately, job hunting is tough work and job rejections do not make it any easier. However, they also present a great learning opportunity that we can continuously use until we either get that dream job or the career advancement we badly desire.

Did you find this article helpful? Please feel free to leave behind your feedback, personal tips and comments on what you think about job rejections and how we can all handle them better.

Your friend and personal growth partner,

Allan Kakinda, Co-founder and Productivity Coach

Eaglelite Associates Limited



Allan is a blogger, avid reader, statistician, businessman, and aspiring investor

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Allan Kakinda

Allan is a blogger, avid reader, statistician, businessman, and aspiring investor