How (and What) to Learn from Job Rejection

When you’re passed up for a job you really wanted, it never feels great. It’s even worse when you really thought the interview went well. You’ll likely be tempted to wallow in self-pity, but that’s not the answer. The best way to handle job rejection is to learn from it and move on.

If possible, reach out to the hiring manager and politely ask for feedback on your interview. Some will be happy to provide this, while others will decline, but hearing first-hand where you excelled and fell short will help you polish your act for next time.

Even if you’re not able to obtain feedback, you’ve probably been replaying the interview in your head since you received the news, so be honest with yourself. Admitting you bungled certain aspects of the interview might sting a bit, but it’s for your own good. Work out the kinks now, so you won’t make the same mistakes again next time.

Keep going with your self-reflection until you’ve learned these valuable lessons.

Don’t Pin All Your Hopes on One Opportunity

It’s always exciting to come across a job posting that checks all the boxes on your list, but try to keep your cool. Focusing all your efforts on one opportunity sets the stage for disappointment, because you don’t have another direction to turn, if it doesn’t work out.

You’re an incredibly talented professional any employer would be lucky to have; however, that alone doesn’t mean you’ll get the job. No matter how promising a prospect seems, continue your search at full speed until there’s a signed offer letter in front of you.

Job Rejection Happens to Everyone

You might find it hard to believe, but just about everyone is turned down for a job at some point in their life. Even the industry leaders you admire most were once in your shoes, feeling dejected because someone else got the job they really wanted.

Use this knowledge to pick yourself up and stay positive. You’ll never find a new job if you develop a chip on your shoulder, so turn your day around by spending the rest of it with people who always make you smile.

Never Compromise Your Values

No job is worth surrendering your sense of self. Trying to be someone you’re not feels wrong because it is. If you tried on a different persona to please an interviewer, take this as a sign that staying true to yourself is always the best route.

Hiring managers can tell when a candidate isn’t being authentic — and they don’t like it. Stick to opportunities that are a good fit, where you feel comfortable being genuine. This will help you find a job that keeps you happy for the long term, instead of one that’s only a temporary fix.

Landing the right job can be a challenge, but you should never compromise. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

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