It can be a devastating blow when you have done well at an interview and then you receive the dreaded bad news … “I am sorry to tell you, unfortunately you have not been selected …” They are difficult words to accept and can often take some time to sink in.  However, you have to bear in mind that everyone at some stage in their life has had to cope with rejection, what is important is that you do not become too discouraged because this will ultimately affect your performance at your next interview.

Was your medical knowledge up-to-date?
It is imperative to keep up-to-date with the latest medical knowledge, legislation and state-of the art/high-tech equipment relevant to your medical role. There has never been more pressure for all medics to have a broader depth of clinical knowledge; it is therefore crucial to be familiar with regulations, guidelines and developments which affect your employment. Remember to self-evaluate and take adequate time to consider your weaknesses and set aside sufficient time for learning.

How to Remain Optimistic
Having a positive attitude can benefit your health and there is indeed medical evidence which proves that optimistic people present a higher quality of life compared to those with low levels of optimism.  Adopting a positive outlook is the most important factor to become successful.

Feedback - ask the interviewer or recruiter for some feedback, this will give you a chance to learn from any mistake or negativity you portrayed during the interview – do not assume that it was your academic skills that prevented you from getting the job – the interviewer’s objective is to visualise an interviewee performing the job in question and this includes ‘fitting in’ to that hospital or company’s culture. Getting feedback from others may perhaps reinforce what subconsciously you already know about yourself – it is important to admit to a weakness as only then will true self-confidence develop.

Confidence Boost
Try and engage in some activity whether it is a hobby, sport or charity any pastime that will boost your self-esteem. Exhibiting a confident attitude is extremely important when dealing with patients and medical companies/hospitals.  A confident attitude is how you should approach things in life thus challenge comes from within.  If you want to project more confidence then retain a confident posture, this can be as simple as putting more confidence into your walk and general demeanour.  A medic’s confident attitude should give a patient confidence.

Mock Interview
Try and do some mock interviews, just to practise simple gestures, for example, walking into the interview room, shaking hands, taking a seat, think of your body language and rehearse your academic and career background – until it becomes fluent. We consider it our responsibility to follow up interviews and will certainly provide constructive criticism in order to assist an individual to successfully obtain employment.  We acknowledge the fact that every person is unique.

Adopt a New Method
Put the past behind you, if you have had several rejections then it is vital not to dwell, as this could hinder your performance at your next interview.  It is imperative that you continually learn, as development and progression will then come naturally.

We cannot, as a recruiter, over state the relevance of high self-esteem.  If you have low self-esteem you will think negative and become depressed, but if you have a high level of self-esteem then you will be happy with yourself and the people around you.  You will also be confident, which will result in increased motivation and most importantly you will have the right attitude to succeed.  One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to recognise and nurture your self-worth.

Recognising your high self-esteem will be the foundation of your career path but completely accept rejection, as perseverance will reinforce your strength, develop your skills and eventually lead you to your career goal.