How to Grow from Rejection
“We regret to inform you that (organization) will not be pursuing your candidacy for this position. Though your qualifications are impressive, the selection process was highly competitive and we have decided to move forward with a candidate whose qualifications better meet our needs at this time”
”While we were impressed with your background and experience, we have concluded that another candidate’s qualifications more closely match our requirements”
It is inevitable, at one point we all have to face rejection. Some will have to face it more often than others. Being one of those people, when I receive that phone call or that email saying that a candidate whose “experience (…)” or ”skills and background more closely match the position requirements”, I always wonder how my background, skills and/or experience didn’t match enough the requirements to be given the position but were good enough to convoke me to an interview or testing session.
After receiving that rejection, the feeling that takes over is a mix between frustration, sadness and sometimes the desire to give up. The last thing we really want to do is to thank the person and ask them for further criticism. However, I believe that in order to grow within this competitive work market, seeking criticism may show us what sometimes we can’t see anymore. But where do we start? How do we ask for feedback without sounding like we do not agree with the potential employers position?
Below I have attached a link to an article in which the author, Alison Green, gives a few tips on how to approach this matter. Since I first read this article and applied the advice given, I have professionally and personally grown.
Like Alison Green enforces, if an employer takes the time to provide you with some feedback, no matter how useless or harsh it might be, make sure to always thank them for taking the time to reply to you.
Read below to find out more.