There are two possible outcomes to a job interview, you might get a job offer or you will receive a letter of regret. Keeping this in mind helps you cope with any decision that comes your way when the interviewer(s) make a final decision regarding your candidacy.

When You Receive a Job Offer

If your interview went well and your employer offers you a job, you should definitely start celebrating. Landing a job is an achievement in itself. However, before updating all your social networking profiles about the good news, you first need to confirm what the job offer entails.

A job offer does not necessarily mean that you must accept the job. The offer is only a green light for you to negotiate the terms of your future employment. You can now bring up issues such as your salary on the table. Come up with a modest market rate figure as you are highly unlikely to land a six figure salary in your first job.

Money should not be your only focus in the negotiations leading up to the acceptance of the offer. Find out about the working hours, whether the employer provides health insurance, employer loans etc.

If you get several offers from different companies, you need to discuss with all the companies about the terms of your employment. It might be a good idea to have a solicitor read through the employment contract before you sign it. Send the other companies a written letter on why you rejected their offers.

On the day of signing your contract, read the job offer contract again to make sure that its terms are what you agreed with the employer. You can then sign the contract of employment.

Handling Rejection

Rejection is part of the process when you are looking for a job. Every successful person is rejected at a certain point in his or her life. That said, it is difficult to have your friends show off their job offers while you are only receiving regret letters in your mailbox.

After receiving a rejection letter, the first thing you need to do is analyze what went wrong. Some interviewers are always kind enough to give you reasons why your application did not go through. However, a majority of companies do not provide reasons considering the sheer numbers of applicants they reject.

With the findings of your analysis, work on improving any weaknesses in your job searching strategy. If you displayed a lack of confidence in the interview, constant practice will help you succeed in future interviews. If you had a weak CV, it might be a great time to get some coaching on how to write a great CV.

Concentrate on staying focused on getting yourself a job. If you had moved out of your parent’s home, you might have to go back or find a cheaper place to stay to contain the expenses now that you are still searching for a job.

While coping with rejection, keep applying to available job openings. Continue networking and updating your CV to help you stand out from the crowd and land an interview. Bottom line, the best way to handle reject is to accept that you might be rejected and know that it is not the end of the road for you. A better company might just have a better offer for you.