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I didn’t get the job… Now what?

I didn’t get the job… Now what?

Rejection is something we all face at some point in our lives, right? Whether it’s on a personal or business level, it happens to us all. We all deal with rejection in our own way but one thing we should all try to do is learn from it.

Looking for a new job is quite the journey. We invest hours in to searching for a job, learning about the company, speaking and meeting with people.  We try to do everything in our power to prove how motivated we are to succeed.

We see the process through to the end and feel hopeful… But then we can receive the dreaded message:

Thank you for your time and interest, but unfortunately you have not been successful this time.”

Understandably, our first reaction is of disappointment. However, the message from me is try not to get dis-heartened. Get back up, brush it off, and turn it into a positive.

Here are some ways in which you can do that.


If you receive a call with the news that you didn’t get the position, immediately ask for feedback. Ask what you could have done better, what you did well, and how you compared against other candidates. Answers to these questions will give you important, constructive feedback which will help you in preparation for your next interview.


I can fully understand that the first thing we want to do when we’re told we didn’t get the job is to grab that tub of Ben & Jerrys out the freezer and chuck on the telly. The truth is, you can’t rely on making one application and hope that it will be the only one you have to make. In fact, in 2016 a survey found that on average, UK job seekers have to apply for 27 jobs to get just one interview. Which I know is a harsh reality, but confirms that you’re not the only one. So, keep pushing, don’t feel demotivated, and remember the time spent searching is an investment in to your future.


Be honest with yourself… Was this a job you really wanted? Take a moment and ask yourself what excites me? What’s important to me? What type of company can I see myself working in for the next 15 years?  Sometimes people see an advert with an enticing salary and think money is the most important thing. Sure, money plays a big factor, but still take a step back and assess all elements of a job that is important to you.


Here at FPR Group, we’re with you every step of the way. From starting your journey in looking for a new role all the way through to the end. Offering you guidance, tips, and sharing ALL feedback as soon as it is received. Ultimately, we’re here to help you in finding your dream job.

Please do get in touch if you’re thinking about change, or if perhaps you’re wanting more information on the above? You know where we are!

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