Reframing Perspectives from Job Rejections
Job rejections are not easy to deal with, especially when they come from companies that you initially had high hopes to join, or if they shed light on some hard truths that you might not be suited for the job. During a time where unemployment rates are still higher than that before the pandemic, the means to secure a job still weighs heavily on the minds of many job seekers and job switchers.
You may find yourself applying for many job positions, and it is likely that you may not get the first job that you apply for. It can be disheartening to hear that you are not fit for a role, and the job hunting process no doubt can be a tiring one. Here are some tips on how you can reframe perspectives to prepare better for your next job interview.
Come Prepared for the Interview
It can be easy to feel incapable because of a failed interview. The common belief may be, “I failed this interview, maybe I am not cut out for this kind of job.”
While it can be tempting to immediately start spiraling and feeding into feelings of inadequacy, it’s also important to understand the reasons why you were rejected. As hard as it can be, remember to sit down and process what happened at the interview. Reasons might not be related to your capabilities at all. It might be due to yourself not having done enough research about the company and the job position, or there might have been a lack of preparation in presenting yourself to the interviewer. Asking for feedback from your interviewers can help you to become more self-aware and prepare better for your next interview. Doing your research and preparing for interviews can build on your confidence while showing interviewers that you are genuinely interested about the job.
Your skillset may be there, but you did not give your interviewer the confidence that you were capable of performing up to expectations. While researching about the job scope, the industry, and the company, remember to link them to your skills and capabilities. For example, if presentation skills are required for the job, prepare some examples of how you conducted presentations in the past, during pitching competitions or in past internships where you were required to present your research. Elaborate on what you presented and how you managed to effectively convey information to the people you were presenting to. This way, your interviewer will be able to see that you have what it takes to carry out what is required of you.
Know What Your Strengths Are
Does a mismatch in skills and requirements indicate that you are an incapable person? The common belief may be, “I am incapable because I do not fit the requirements of a job.”
In the event that the reason for being rejected is because of a mismatch in skills and requirements, it is also important to do an analysis of your strengths and weakness. If you are bad at numbers and good at writing, for example, it might be a good idea to stray away from job scopes that require calculations and lean towards positions that require content creation. In your analysis, your resume might be a good source of information for your capabilities. Look at your resume and identify past experiences that showcase your strengths. If you worked in a group before, identify your role in the team and your contributions, to further sieve out strengths that are unique to you. Once you have done a thorough analysis of your capabilities, you can start narrowing down your job applications by looking for ones that are more suited to your strengths. Being honest with yourself and knowing your capabilities can help with giving your job hunt a little more direction.
Ask the Question, “Which Skills do I need to Sharpen to Qualify for this Role?”
A lack of experience does not mean that you are incapable. The common belief may be, “I lack the experience, hence I am not cut out for the job.”
Sometimes, it may not be a matter of understanding your strengths and weaknesses. You may have the potential and the skills but have yet to find opportunities to showcase them. This is common for fresh graduates or mid-career switchers looking to change industries. Perhaps you are new to the kind of job that you applied for and was rejected because of lack of experience in certain task handlings. In these situations, it would be good to come up with a concrete plan if you are genuinely interested in the kind of job that you applied for. If experience is the issue, asking interviewers for ways that you can build on experience will be beneficial for you in the long run.
While job hunting, take a few courses that you think may help with showcasing your upgraded knowledge and expertise. For example, if you are looking into digital marketing roles that require experience in operating Facebook Ads, and Google Ads etc, taking courses online can help you to be more acquainted with the tools needed for you to be familiar with digital marketing. If you are looking at roles related to writing, start your own blog to build a portfolio showcasing your writing skills. Small steps go a long way. Just because you are inexperienced now, doesn’t mean that you can’t grow in potential.
It can be tempting to give up on your job hunt after each job rejection, and you may start to question your capabilities and wonder if you are on the right track. Job searching is a challenging process and it takes time to refine your search process. Remember to be patient with yourself as you apply for your jobs and go for various interviews. Take each application and interview as an opportunity to learn more about the industry and about yourself. Understanding what is required of you and what you are capable of helps you to be better equipped for future interviews, and helps you get one step closer to a job that suits you. If you are currently looking for a job, check out our online career portal here.