It’s a new year and the way things are going, everyone will be part of a hiring process. At some point in the next twelve months, you will almost certainly interview for a job and be part of a team that is hiring for a job.
This means we all have to learn to handle rejection. Not just the rejection you feel when you learn that someone else was offered the job you wanted but also when the best candidate turns down your job for another one.
These things are going to happen. The key is not to let those feelings fester. Take time to process. Ask if there is anything you could have done differently. Go for a walk and absorb the disappointment. Call your coach/mentor/partner/friend to share the news.
Then do everything you can to move forward. Make some notes. Close up the file. Put it away. Shake yourself off. (don’t laugh – it really works!)
Find where you were in the process and get back to doing the work. Send more notes. Make more calls. Keep your focus on the end game.
The worlds or sports and theatre are filled with stories of super athletes not making a team and famous actors who did not get the part despite a fantastic audition.
“Everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not alright, it is not the end.”