Turned Down For A Job? You’re Now One Rejection Closer To Success

We’ve all sat through job interviews, felt as though everything was going perfectly, and then been shocked and disappointed to find out that we didn’t get the role. This disappointment is completely understandable, particularly if you spent ages preparing for the interview and you were really passionate about the role in question. It can be so easy to become hugely down and spend the rest of the week watching EastEnders re-runs in your pyjamas. However, getting down on yourself won’t help you to get your dream job. Feeling like this is also massively unfair on yourself. Job rejections shouldn’t be seen as examples of failure. You’re still the same great person with great skills that you were before that interview. Unfortunately, the company you applied to were just looking for something slightly different for that role, at that time. Here’s how to bounce back after an interview disappointment.

Remember – There’s No Such Thing As An Unsuccessful Interview

Each of us learns something from everything that we experience in life: good or bad. If you get turned down for a job, it’s important to reflect on what you learnt from the experience. Once you’ve considered what could have been done differently, you can then reframe this negative experience as a positive, because it highlighted something that you needed to change in order to progress. Rather than going down in your memory as the day that you didn’t get your dream job, that day then becomes the moment that drove you to the successes that followed. These successes are inevitable because if you keep striving towards your goal, and keep improving at each stage of rejection along the way, then you’ll get there in the end.

Think Of ‘No’ as ‘Not Yet’

The best way to respond to a ‘no’ is to ask for feedback. If an employer sends you an email explaining why they thought that you wouldn’t be best suited to the role you applied for, they will save you an enormous amount of time which would otherwise have been spent soul searching. You can then put this feedback into action immediately in preparation for your next interview.

Keep Applying

The only way to get more interviews is to apply for more jobs. Each interview that you have is another opportunity not just to secure a job, but to get used to the pressure of being in an interview setting and gradually feel more and more comfortable in that environment. Eventually, this experience will mean that you find interviews a breeze and don’t get phased at all when you’re asked difficult questions in them.

Continuing to apply for other roles will also force you to keep looking at your CV, reading through your skills, and seeing how well they match the jobs that you’ve been interviewing for. It could be that the perfect opportunity for you is one that you haven’t even thought about yet. You’ll only discover this if you keep believing in yourself throughout the process and remain determined to find work that you’ll genuinely enjoy.

Take Advice

When you’re trying to recover from a disappointing interview, it can be very easy to lock everybody else out and focus on your own process of dealing with what has happened and rebuilding from it. This can often result in valuable advice from experienced professionals who want to help you (such as recruiters), being ignored. As a result, you could lose out on guidance which would point you in the right direction and show you what you could change to have more success with your next application. This is a loss that you can’t afford to take. Accepting advice from those around you will help you to assess the situation objectively and move forwards in the best possible way.


Being turned down for a job never feels nice, but if you transform any rejections that you get into motivation to reflect on and change your approach to interviews, then eventually one of your interviews will result in a fantastic job offer. Check out our website for some great advice on how to manage interviews.

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