How (and What) to Learn from Job Rejection

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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

If you’re not accomplishing as much as you’d like during the workday, it might be time to give your standard routine an overhaul. It’s easy to assume you just need more hours in the day, but that’s not always the case. Making a few easy adjustments to the way you allocate your time can cause your productivity to surge to a whole new level.

The best kept secrets to achieving high levels of output aren’t difficult to achieve. Find out what’s powering your colleagues currently working circles around you and show them what they’re up against.

  1. Schedule Tasks Wisely

Generally speaking, people are more productive in the morning than afternoon. Therefore, it’s best to complete your most challenging tasks during the first few hours of your workday and leave the busy work for later on. You’ll accomplish much more when you adjust your schedule to match your energy level.

  1. Put Their Smartphone Away

It’s hard to get any work done when you’re constantly texting friends and checking Facebook. Resist the urge to check your phone every five minutes by keeping it your handbag, briefcase or a desk drawer. If someone needs you urgently, they’ll find another way to get in touch with you. Watch your productivity soar when you dedicate more of your time to work than your smartphone.

  1. Stay Organized

If your workspace and computer desktop are always in a state of disarray, it probably takes you longer than necessary to complete just about every task. Spend a few minutes each day putting things where they belong, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find them again. Working in a clean, uncluttered space will feel great and you’ll enjoy a lower stress level when you’re not constantly panicked trying to find papers and files.

  1. Take Breaks

Stopping to take breaks may sound like the opposite of productivity, but it’s not. Charging through the day at full speed is exhausting. You need breaks to relax your mind and recharge. Stop feeling guilty about running down the street to get a cup of coffee, stopping to eat lunch or spending a few minutes catching up with a colleague, because you need this time to keep going for the rest of the day.

  1. Make a To-Do List For Tomorrow

Productive people like to wrap up loose ends before leaving the office, and part of this is writing down what needs to be done the next day. Before heading home, take five minutes to make a list of everything you want to accomplish tomorrow, so you can sit down and get to work. This ensures you won’t forget to do anything and saves you the hassle of trying to remember where you left off the day before.

Hiring productive employees is the key to building a winning team. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

Choosing the right candidate for the job is hard work, so hiring managers want to learn as much as possible during the job interview. The best interviewers know questions evoking a “yes” or “no” response reveal minimal information, so they reach below the surface with behavioral interview questions.

Often beginning with “Tell me about a time when you…” or “Explain a situation where you…” your response provides details on both your fit for the job and company culture. This line of questioning allows plenty of room to shine, but also offers a lot of leeway, which can cause you to inadvertently leave out key details.

One way to ensure you cover all the bases is to use the STAR technique. An acronym that stands for situation, task, action and result, this approach is used by many successful candidates.


Context is everything when telling a story. Begin your response by laying the groundwork for the rest to come. For example, “I was nearing the end of a double shift at the hospital, when a massive snowstorm hit and our replacements couldn’t get to work.”


Explain the assignment you were tasked to complete. For example, “I was aware the severe weather could cause the hospital’s power to go out. While we have a generator, you can never be too cautious when the health and safety of patients is at risk, so I started working to create a backup plan just in case of generator failure.”


At this point in your response, it’s time to highlight what you did to resolve the situation. For example, “I wrote down the contact information for the hospital’s electric provider, called our partner facility to see if they had room for our 20 critical patients, identified essential functions, and checked with building maintenance to find out how long our supply of emergency generator fuel would last.”


Wrap things up by explaining the outcome of the situation and end things on a positive note. For example, “Thankfully, the worst part of the storm passed through in an hour and didn’t cause the hospital to lose power. However, I felt in control of the situation, because I had a plan ready to put into action in the unlikely event of generator failure.”

The STAR technique will help you devise a thorough, easy-to-remember response sure to impress the interviewer. Numbers always stand out, so find a way to quantify your response when possible. Captivate your audience by providing as many relevant details as possible, to make the story more interesting and authentic. With that said, don’t drone on and bore the interviewer; stick to the point and finish your reply as quickly as possible, without omitting any key facts.

Finding the right job is hard work, but you don’t have to go it alone. 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

Working with staffing partner can be the savviest business decision you’ve ever made. A recruiter can offer access to hard-to-find top talent, help you fill open positions faster, increase your retention rate, reduce hiring costs, and so much more — but only if you choose the right one.

As with any business, some staffing partners are completely amazing, and others are a total disappointment. Plus, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to staffing, so some firms might be a great fit for one company, but a terrible option for another. You’ll need to conduct extensive due diligence to find your best match, but it’s time well spent.

Weigh Your Options

Being well informed is crucial when choosing a staffing partner, so you need to see what’s out there. The first firm you encounter might turn out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to your company, but don’t rush your decision. Meet with a few different agencies and find out what they have to offer before deciding which direction to take.

Learn About the Recruitment Process

Finding out how a prospective staffing partner recruits talent is essential. You need to know the process used to market jobs, how the database is maintained, screening techniques used and the compensation and benefits package offered to temporary and contract employees. Reputable firms will be happy to provide thorough answers to all of your questions, so steer clear of anyone who seems to be holding back.

Make Sure Your Niche is Covered

A staffing firm might be the best in town, but if they don’t specialize in your industry, they’re essentially useless. You need a partner who knows your industry as well as you do so they understand what to look for in successful candidates, know where to find top talent and have the ability to really sell your company to prospective new hires.

Conduct Background Research

Dig deep to learn as much as possible about the firm. Find out if they use a retained or contingency fee structure, what their internal staff turnover rate is and how client satisfaction is measured. Request a list of references, so you can find out first-hand what it’s like to work with the agency. Don’t stop there — conduct an online search to see what other people are saying about them. Review sites like Yelp and Glassdoor offer telling information that can sway your decision either way.

Assess Your Interactions With the Firm

You want a staffing partner who is excited to work with you, so choose one that makes you feel valued. Anyone who takes forever to return your calls and emails, rushes through your questions, and doesn’t seem interested in learning about your company should be immediately eliminated. Your business deserves a recruiter willing to work around the clock to meet your needs, so don’t settle for anything less.

If you’re in the market for a behavioral health staffing partner, let’s have a conversation. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

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