You’ve done several interviews for internship positions at different companies, but no one has called you and you fear the worst. Do not panic! There are a thousand reasons why you haven’t got a call: your profile may not have been the best fit for the company or you had stiff competition. Whatever the case may be, don’t let negativity get the best of you. Being rejected in a selection process must not stop your job search.
A rejection is not synonymous with failure and you need to remember this. Not being the perfect candidate for a company doesn’t mean the rest of the companies will think the same of you. Always bear in mind that you will eventually be the best candidate for a company, but you need to have patience.
It is logical that failure will make you feel sad, frustrated or discouraged. But what’s most important is that you pick yourself up after a rejection and continue your job or internship search.
So, the first thing you should do in this situation is to accept that it is one more experience within your professional career. It’s important that you’re honest with yourself. Review the job offer and interview, if you had one, and assess whether your profile was the best fit for the job or whether you lacked all the skills required for the position.
Next, you should review your strengths. It’s important that you are able to clearly demonstrate them to companies. Also, remember to work on your self-esteem, since it will be key to overcoming not only a job rejection but also any obstacle in your personal life.
You should also be able to be self-critical and aware of what you may have done wrong. Do you need to improve your résumé? Did you know enough about the company? Or the requirements and role of the position? Never consider a job rejection a waste of time, but as a learning process. Each new interview is a chance for you to identify skills that you didn’t realize you had.