Most often, a job search rejection is an emphatic “No.” But sometimes, “no” can mean “not now” or “I’m not sure yet.” How you handle rejection can make the difference in turning “no” into an offer. The key is to react in such a way that gives the person rejecting you a reason to re-think their position.

Thoughts for the candidate:

  • Do great work all the time
  • Manage rejections with care
  • Invest in your own onboarding

Thoughts for the hiring manager:

  • Keep your options open
  • Leverage interim resources
  • Manage transitions with care

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