You interview. You do all you know how.
The hiring committee closes the doors and you wait. The answer is…no.
Sorry. Somebody else was chosen. How will you deal with the sting of rejection?
First will come stunned disbelief , then burning shame, then anger.
Dealing with the “no”, unlike some may tell you, is not to be casually brushed aside. Dealing with the “no” is the process of grieving–handling loss. A job hunter needs to handle rejection efficiently and quickly.
Deep down, nobody wants to go job hunting because it is by nature a soul-crushing situation where you hear “no” over and over again. Fear of rejection keeps many chained to jobs they hate. Nobody likes rejection. What is even worse is that as you deal with the latest insult to your ego, you may at the same time be in some stage of dealing with the original pain of being terminated.
When an employer says no it feels like your heart has been torn out and trampled. Every “no” strikes like a bullet and you stagger around emotionally wounded. Do not make the mistake of attempting to ignore your feelings. Own your sadness. Own your anger. Something in your life is dead. You are suffering the effect of loss. You are grieving. What you are going through is so similar to what a person who has lost a loved one through death experiences. it may be beneficial to learn some lessons from handling death in the family. Study grieving. Check this out:
If you are beginning to self-medicate to dull the pain please seek help. There may be free or low cost counseling services in your neighborhood even in these times when social services are getting huge cutbacks. Patch into your house of worship. Find positive association while you are seeking work. Read inspirational literature. Be aware of depression Whatever you do, do not attempt this journey alone. Loneliness is deadly.