There is no doubt about it, after going through the application and interview process, not getting an offer for the job you wanted can be disheartening. It’s OK to feel upset for a short time, but we did a little research on other things to do to make the best of a disappointing situation.
Thank the interviewers: While you may not have gotten the job, interviewing means that you were considered in the final group of applicants. Interviews take a lot of time to plan and effort to execute completely, so taking the time to thank those involved is a nice way to maintain a connection. Additionally, if you want to be considered for future positions within the company or department, say so. If your dream company or department is hiring again, they may consider you for a position that is a better fit. You never know what may happen in the future, so don’t burn any bridges and maintain an open communication. Do what you can to nurture the connections you made on your interview, and you will be remembered for your gracious response. If it is professionally appropriate, consider reaching out to these connections for future collaboration.
Self-Reflection: This is so important! We have noticed on occasion, that someone may ask for feedback on why they were not selected. According to this article from Forbes.com , that is not a recommendable practice, as it puts the company on the defensive regarding their decision. However, it would be appropriate to self-reflect and reach out to a trusted mentor to ask for advice on what else you can do to expand your CV or resume, or perhaps improve your interviewing and communication skills. One of our favorite books is StrengthsFinder 2.0. This book is designed to help you uncover your strengths an talents so that you can “sell” yourself better.
Find the Silver Lining: Sometimes we get knocked down a time or two before we get to what has been waiting for us. Leaf 1 and Leaf 2 have had our fair share of hardships in life. Regardless of what you believe, it helps to try and think of the positive in any situation. Perhaps this opened the door to a new idea that you can implement to improve your current job, or your resume. Maybe another position is about to open up that is even better. Give yourself a little time to get over the initial shock, but then move on because dwelling on the past won’t change the future.