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Dealing with rejection

How to learn from being rejected

Didn't get the job? Don't beat yourself up about it. It's important to learn from not getting a job. You shouldn't blow it out of proportion because the chances are that it wasn't the right fit for you. At the very least, there is no shortage of experience you can gain from interview practice.

You've heard it before, but getting feedback from your interviewer can be really insightful and will only help you with future applications. Receiving feedback may help you to fully understand why you weren't offered the job. You might think that you didn't get the job for one reason when reality it was due to something totally different. For example, it might be that despite you displaying all the necessary skills and competencies, they just decided you weren't the right cultural fit for the company.

Alternatively, your feedback may raise questions about your inteview style. Interviews can make even the most confident of candidates feel extremely nervous, which can often lead to miscommunication or poor compentency based answers. The more interviews you attend, the more comfortable you will feel because the more you will know what to expect. The questions will start sounding familiar and you will begin to get less nervous before the interview starts - all positive stuff!

If you applied to a role through TalentPool, we may be able to talk to the company directly to pass on any feedback.

Make sure you are noting down all your feedback after receiving it so that you don't forget it - check out our tips for managing your applications to make sure that you are being as organised as possible during your job hunt. This will help you save a lot of time in the long run.

Also remember to amke the most of the help and advice from your university careers centre. Book a CV review and get advice on answering interview questions. Remember that practice makes perfect, so be sure to make the most of your friends and family in the run up to interviews too. A fresh pair of eyes on your application answers can be invaluable.

Attending multiple interviews will also help you to narrow down your future job search. If you think that the job sounded perfect in the interview, perhaps this is where you should be focussing more of your attention in future applications. Or if you find that you actually didn't like the sound of the work you would have been expected to do, you should turn your focus elsewhere. There are plenty of graduate opportunities out there - 270,000 vacancies open annually so don't give up hope just yet! Treat your job hunt as a learning process, and remember that the end result will be well worth it all.

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