How to deal with rejection in job interview?

No one really talks about how to deal with rejection in a job interview. Most of the interview related talks are focused on how to crack every interview; but it's a fact of life that there are chances that didn't go in your favour. It's important to learn to deal with situations where you get rejected in a job interview. This post isn't all about telling you 'Don't Feel Bad'. This post will go a bit beyond that - figuring out what should be the logical steps you should take if you get rejected.

Feel Bad About Your Rejection - Yep!

It's natural to feel bad about your rejection. I'd say, be a bit angry with yourself. Give your chemicals & electrical signals their own sweet time to settle. Most of the times, it's this anger that will bring the best in you out in the wild. Just make sure that your anger fuels your work, dedication and determination to crack the next interview. The key is to learn to re-focus your anger into kicking your own butt to achieve something. It works great. Try it!

The end result of your anger and bad feelings should be -> CONCRETE DETERMINATION TO CRACK NEXT OPPORTUNITY.

The important part: Analysis

Once you're determined to crack your next interview, you should actually begin working on what you've read 100x times: Failure is the first step towards success. Focus on the following key points-
  • Recall the entire interview and imagine yourself in place of the interviewer, interviewing yourself.
  • What do you think worked in your favour and what went against you?
  • List out everything you think you could have done better. Remember, the key here is not about knowing everything; but presenting yourself well.
  • Draw a rock-solid action plan (read below).
Your Action Plan

Your action plan should strongly focus on the things you need to be awesome at. It could be your speaking skills, your technical knowledge, overcoming your overall nervousness, being confident in the interview room et al. Most of the time, you will find out that you couldn't do well because you were nervous. Read the links given at the bottom of this article.

There's no substitute to technical knowledge. Knowing about your project, your engineering subjects, favourite subjects and what you've written in your resume is very important.

Bonus Tip: Being genuinely interested in the topic (project, engineering subjects etc.) is the key to great performance. Why not revisit your past project or subjects after telling yourself that they are REALLY INTERESTING & preparing for your own happiness & knowledge?

What to do immediately after you get the rejection news?

Stand/sit calm. Turn on music or try to deviate your thoughts to something else. Don't take any decision or speak with anyone if your emotions aren't stable. Drink water, look at yourself in the mirror and smile. You are a CEan!


  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare

  • micheal john
    micheal john
    You are a CEan!
  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Great Topic that definitely needed to be discussed.
    Thanks @#-Link-Snipped-#.
    My doubt: How to get out of the interview room?
    Should we be calm and get out or is there anything we can do?

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