Lessons you can learn from a job interview rejection

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“LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM INTERVIEW REJECTIONS:

*BE PUNCTUAL*

It is disrespectful and arrogant to believe that you are worth waiting for. There isn’t much that is as annoying as someone who is late. Always ensure you have an emergency contact number for the company, should you be stuck in traffic or late for a good reason.

*DRESS FOR SUCCESS*

No-one likes to buy a product that looks torn, used and un-kept
Dress appropriately – It is not negotiable!!!
If you are actively on the market for a position, ensure you have a change of clothing with you, for those urgent interviews that HAVE TO BE DONE TODAY

*ALWAYS BE YOURSELF*

We tend to research companies before the interview and form our own opinions and picture as to what we believe the company requires of their staff without factual knowledge. Most employers and interviewers are smart enough to figure out whether or not you are actually a good fit for the position and environment, and if you are really interested in joining them.
Remember this is a two-way street. What you see is not what you always get.
Therefore, you have nothing to lose by simply being genuine.

*BE CONFIDENT*

Confidence is attractive to employers. For a company to believe in your abilities, you need to believe in yourself. People buy People not the paper they are written on. There is a reason the company called you in for an interview. Sometimes, you need to approach a job interview like trying out for a sports team and leave the competition in the dust.
So don’t sell yourself short.

*BE HUMBLE*

You never want to be too self-assured, though. Very few companies view arrogance as a desirable quality. Show that you believe in yourself, but remember that modesty shows maturity.

*BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR WEAKNESSES*

A popular question interviewers ask is: “what is your biggest weakness?” Part of modesty is acknowledging that you have weaknesses, and determination to turn those weaknesses into your strengths. If you know the areas in which you excel and the areas in which you can improve, then you become an asset to a team

*ASK MORE QUESTIONS*

Don’t be afraid to change roles. Become the interviewer for a portion of the meeting. This shows that you have interest in the company and the position.

*BE MORE THAN JUST THE PAPER YOUR CV IS WRITTEN ON:

Yes, your résumé is important, and so is your cover letter. But no company is going to hire a piece of paper. The personality, the skills, and the work ethic of the person behind the résumé is the key. So get your personality on!

*SOMETIMES REJECTION IS A BLESSING*

Adversity makes any future appointment so much more rewarding. There is a good reason you were turned down. If the manager didn’t feel you were the best person for the job, you probably weren’t for him and that particular company environment. Trust that something better and more suited is on the horizon.

*ASK RELEVANT QUESTIONS*

Too often people walk into an interview blinded by fear and excitement and therefore ignorant to the company’s needs, rather focusing on their own. Research is a good start. While researching, write down any questions that pop into your head. E.g. Why has the vacancy become available? Ask about the environment you will be expected to work in. Who are your biggest competitors in the market and why? What makes you / the staff passionate about working here?

REMEMBER ALWAYS:
A “no,” is just another way of life telling you, there is something greater waiting.

Don’t lose hope! EVER.?”

– Angelina Preza, M.Abbott