The Art of Rejection

Whether it’s a prospective candidate or current employee, rejection isn’t easy. We’ve all felt rejection at one point in our life, and it often feels like a swift punch to the gut. Rejection in Latin means “thrown back”. When we are rejected, we can feel pushed back in the opposite direction of which we thought we were headed.

The reality of life is that rejection will form a part of it.

It is even harder to be the “rejector” over the “rejectee”.  But there are a few ways that we can soften the blow and keep the relationship intact. You never know – the person you rejected may be someone you need further down the line.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Be Timely– Don’t leave someone hanging. It’s best to deliver your unwelcome news as soon as possible.
  2. Honesty is the Best Policy– Be brief but honest in your reasons.
  3. Show Empathy– Make sure you genuinely thank that person for their time and work as well as acknowledge their feelings.
  4. Stay in Touch– It’s your responsibility as the “rejector” to do this. Rejection can be the launching point of a professional relationship.

Rejection is a necessary part of success and nobody is immune to it. We encounter rejection daily in our personal and professional lives and it is a necessary part of success. How many people have become successful without a series of slights?

Dale Carnegie said, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stores to success.”

It’s beneficial to be proactive when delivering rejection, whether it’s a current or prospective employee. As experts in the hiring process, we can take the responsibility of eliminating the unattractive hires and find the talent worth the hunt. Contact us today to learn more.