In the news just about every day, we see major companies cutting back drastically on their working staffs. The search for a meaningful job in a poor economy can be exhausting and depressing. However, as it applies to everything else in life, the more difficult situation calls for the most persistent motivation.
President Teddy Roosevelt wrote about facing adversity in his famous “Man in the Arena” speech. It applies to anyone who may feel disappointed in the difficult search of finding a job:
Who at the best knows the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Every job seeker experiences frustrating periods of rejection and failure, but there are ways to fight them and go on to eventual success. How can you ace the job interview and get on that payroll?
1. Don’t allow rejection to discourage you. If you’ve done your very best to get that job, but failed, closely examine what happened. Was it negative attitude during the interview? Did you present the best of yourself? Were you dressed properly? Did you talk too much or not enough? Then, when you get home, based on what happened, make improvements. The effort will be stronger when you hit the next interview.
2. Be positive throughout interviews, but don’t be angry and discouraged when they result in rejection. Treat each interview as a training session. The old adage applies: If at first you don’t succeed …
3. Another vintage saying may work for you: Practice makes perfect. Before a job interview, do some homework about the company and the specific job you’re seeking. Then practice your pitch with a friend or family member. Rehearse for questions you may get about qualifications, the company and how you’ll fit into the prospective job. Then, at the real interview, you’ll ace it.
4. Approach each job interview with a positive attitude and enthusiasm. It’s opening night on Broadway. The spotlight will be on, and you should be well-rehearsed and determined to be the star of the show.
Rejection happens to everyone. When 100 applicants show up for a job interview, 99 will go home feeling that all-too-familiar pain in the ego. The more highly motivated will treat the rejection as a learning experience, and find ways to make that next interview a winning one.