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What to Ask After Getting Rejected for A Job?

Rejection is perhaps the most painful and unbearable thing. As human beings, we have the tendency for reassurance. And when something goes south, it is hard to process. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, however, nothing remained as reassurance.

Even lives and jobs were at stake. Amid that, grand resignation occurred. Employees across domains and firms resigned in bulk from their jobs. A stampede of employees got out of the workplace where they had been working for yours. Do you know, why? They had no more reassurance.

Andrea / Pexels / Self-assurance is the foremost concern of every long-term employee.

Nonetheless, as the situation settles down, people across all walks of life are returning to jobs. Be it opting for a new career or resuming the previous career, these aspiring candidates are going through an all-new hiring process. During the process, rejection is bound to happen.

Rejection can be painful. But it has a wholesome flip side. On the other side of rejection, lie new opportunities, a high salary, a good boss and work environment, and a decent job offer. That is why, one does not have to be hurt or feel down when rejected for a job. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile approach to ask counterproductive questions after being rejected. But keep in mind that you will have to remain professional and keep your cool throughout the process. Listed below are some of the most important questions every candidate should ask after being rejected:

Tirachard / Pexels / Asking questions denote curiosity and quest for knowledge. Never hesitate to ask questions.

  • Can You Highlight My Weak Points? Or What Makes the Successful Candidates Better Choice Than Me?

The first thing you want to find out after being rejected is to see where you lag behind. What are your shortcoming and weak points? So, you need to figure that out to improve them moving forward. However, you have to be cautious that you do not sound offensive to the management. Be respectful and choose your wordings wisely.

Tima / Pexels / By getting feedback on your skillsets and expertise, you can come back stronger.

An efficient approach to asking such a question would be: “Well sir, I really appreciate you giving me the time to express myself and I am thankful for the opportunity. I am curious to know my weak points. If you can please highlight where I lag behind, it will be of great help for me as I’ll improve them.” If asked this way, there is no possibility that you will not get the answer. Nevertheless, you will by no means be offered the job once you ask such questions. Rather, the answers to these questions will make you prepared for upcoming jobs. Thus, as simple step as asking questions can help you thrive in your career.

  • Is it Healthy to be Around a Toxic and Discriminatory Environment?

This may sound somehow a controversial question to ask from an HR department. But the truth is discrimination is everywhere. People of color and LGBTQ communities are judged and badly treated in every workplace. If that ever happens to you – unfortunate as it sounds – do not settle down. Take actions. Let them know how biased they are. Also, make them understand that you will never work in a toxic and discriminatory workplace.

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