A few weeks ago, I went in for an interview at multi-national corporation for a part-time job. I had previously interviewed through them before earlier this year, having just missed out on an opening because of my current year level at university, as they needed someone a bit further into their degree. Nonetheless, they gave my great feedback and I learned a lot about the corporate recruiting process and just how competitive the industry really is.
I was very surprised when they asked me to interview with them again last month for a new position.
I was excited, nervous but also confident. I already knew the recruiters, I was confident in my ability to impress them this time around and I knew there was less competition for this position. Long story short, I liked my chances of getting the job.
Come interview day, everything went smoothly and I even managed to get a good laugh out of the room while doing my presentation. I had sized up the competition and again, I felt like I might’ve had this one.
I also ended up meeting some very nice people that were also interviewing with me and made some genuine connections. We all promised to keep in touch and let each other know if we heard anything.
Except I didn’t.
It had been almost an entire month since the interview. Over the last few weeks, I’d been compulsively glancing and my phone, just hoping it would ring. Good or bad news, I just wanted to know!
The job itself sounded amazing, challenging but in a fun way and great for experience. Plus did I mention it came with a great salary? Not only that, it would’ve potentially set up the rest of my career in the accounting field with the amazing networks that this company is tapped into.
Then Monday, the phone finally rang.
I didn’t get the job.
Did it hurt a little? Yes, you bet! Is my confidence a little shaken up? Probably more than I’d like it to be.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have faced rejection before. Actually, I have faced a lot of rejection, be it in job hunting, relationships, academia, my cat… you name it.
I think we all have to face rejection at some point in our life anyway, because nothing is picture perfect.
This type of rejection right here I have plenty of experience with. As a bit of a background, the town we previously lived in had an unemployment rate of 13.5%, with the majority of that being made of youth unemployment or in other words people like me.
I managed to get a job right out of high school making burritos (which believe it or not, is more fun than it sounds) only to lose it a month later because business was struggling. I wasn’t exactly let go, but when your boss tells you and half of your co-workers you should probably look for another job, what do you exactly call that?
So then began one of the hardest four months of my life.
I was applying like crazy to just about anywhere that will take me. Office junior at a law firm? Yes please! Receptionist? You bet! Waitress? I’ll take it.
I was desperate, but then again so were thousands of other people who were probably applying for the same job. I remember this one particular interview when the owner asked me if I would be comfortable washing dishes. I was enthusiastic even at that and said that if she took a chance on me, she wouldn’t be disappointed. Never heard back. Or this other full day trial I did for this café, which I aced, only to never hear anything back again. Yeah, turns out they were just after some free labour and weren’t really looking for any new team members.
The town was struggling, the competition was intense and if I am not good enough to wash a few damn dishes, then there’s either something terribly wrong with me or the odds just aren’t in my favour. It was the latter, of course.
By the time we moved to a big city, my backbone had been developed and rejection was no big hurdle for me. I managed to get two jobs within a month of moving down here, both of which I still credit to my professional development today. Also, turns out neither of them had anything to do with washing dishes (hurray).
But as with all things, if you don’t use it, you lose it, and that’s exactly what happened to my backbone. It got a bit soft.
I am embarrassed now to admit just how much this last rejection has got to me. I was stressing, worrying, hoping and pretty much unable to think about anything else because I wanted it so much.
However, sometimes things just don’t work out. You get knocked down, but you get up again.
I will keep working on improving, applying for other jobs and sizing other opportunities.
Overall, I am very grateful for the experience. I got some good contacts, met some lovely people and walked away knowing I did my best. If another opportunity comes up with this company, I will certainly try again. Third time lucky, right?
Now, I know what you are probably thinking. What does rejection have to do with being broke and eventually becoming rich? Actually, what does rejection even have to do with money and creating wealth?
Well, you can pretty much apply the same logic to just about anything in life, including money and getting rich.
Rejection is necessary to succeed in just about anything in life.
Want an amazing love life where you get to spend every day with the one? Chances are you’re going to have to get a few broken hearts first. Want an amazing career that provides you with lots of perks? Probably going to have to hear a few nos. Want to finally stop being broke and become rich? Well then, my friend, you are most likely going to have to face rejection, be it in one form or another.
The point is that no matter where rejection is present in your life, you must not let it stop you. You must not let it get to into your head too much, like it did to be. Sure, take a breath and lick your wounds. Give yourself enough time to recover.
However, once you are done, you are done. Learn from it, move on and use it to build your backbone.
Rejection can be a very powerful tool to success, if you learn to use it wisely.
What is one thing that rejection has taught you?
Let me know in the comments below!
Being broke is temporary. Being rich is a journey.