Anyone who has ever dated knows a little something about rejection. The same can be said for anyone who has interviewed for a job. No matter how devastatingly beautiful or talented you are, you will eventually meet with a stinging, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
When it happens, we’re often tempted to bite back. We say or do things that leave us sounding bitter and not in control of our emotions; and in doing so, we burn bridges for future interaction.
But not always. I recently had to let a candidate know he was not chosen for a role for which he had been a finalist. His response was inspiring. He thanked me for my time, acknowledged the organization’s thinking and subsequent decision, and took the time to express gratitude about the entire interview process. He left me feeling so warm and fuzzy that you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to try to help him find another job.
So next time the hiring manager calls with bad news or the girl you took out last Friday gives you the Heisman, try to respond with grace and humility…you never know when you might get the call that you’re back under consideration!