You may have experienced being rejected quite a few times for positions you’ve applied for. Each time is no better than the one before. Rejections sting all the time. Even when you receive tactfully written emails from companies saying they regret not to consider you for the position, you still wish that you had not received them anyway. After all, no news is bad news when it comes to job application and you would rather not hear the “rejection” notice at all.
Different people react differently to this kind of rejection. Some will consider this as a challenge or a motivator to do better and prove them wrong. However, some people might get demoralized and continue to lose confidence. They may settle for less pay or less attractive role. A client even asked me one time: “What’s wrong with me? I thought I was perfect for that role!”
Some people just give up altogether when they see how many people have applied. Well, no matter how many people lined up for the role, they would definitely hire someone and that someone could very well be you. Before you begin a litany of everything that is wrong about you, consider that, to some degree, intuition also plays a role in the selection and rating process.
This is why it is important to remember that recruitment, just like any assessment activity, is subject to biases, prejudices, and error in judgment. Some companies hire unqualified candidates and miss hiring potential stellar performers. Some companies correct this phenomenon by using specific metrics and highly structured selection process. “Selection by scoring is a process whereby selection factor or component run along a scale and is scored by value previously assigned. Decision is made based on the total score achieved. Selection by intuition is getting a feel of how a candidate will fit in based on the dynamics of personality that come out in the selection process, either through interviews or role-plays.” [i]
It is then important for job seekers not to take this kind of rejection personally. It is not about you. It is about the unique demands of the position that the company needs to fill. Sometimes, it is even about the corporate culture that the hiring company needs to consider. At the end of the day, wherever you end up in is the perfect place for you. Not only did you select that company but that company chose you.