How to Deal with Job Rejection

So you’ve just been rejected from your dream job – a job you thought you had in the bag.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with the rejection, and move on to bigger, brighter things.


1. Seek and Learn from Feedback

Always try to find out why you didn’t get the job. Feedback is not always automatically offered so you might need to do a little digging to get the information you need.

Getting the feedback isn’t enough. Don’t stop there. You need to treat it as a learning opportunity and put the lessons learnt into practice.

2. Don’t beat yourself up

If you never try, you’ll never be in the position to be rejected and you’ll never grow professionally. So don’t beat yourself – anyone that has got anywhere with their career will have been rejected at some point. After all, you have only been rejected for one job, not every other future opportunity.

3. Talk to others

Talking to a friend or recruitment consultant can really help you get an outside perspective on the situation and may help you deal with rejection in a more rational and constructive way.

4. Don’t take it personally

Even the best, most experienced candidates get rejected, so don’t take it personally. Just because you didn’t get the job, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t a great candidate, it simply means that you weren’t quite the right fit for the job or the employer.

5. You may have dodged a bullet

It might not feel like it at the time, but rejection for a particular job may be the best thing that could happen. Think about it – no matter how much you wanted the job, maybe the job or the company just wasn’t quite the right fit for you. So maybe the hiring manager did you a favour and the next job that comes along could be perfect.

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Handling Conflict in the Workplace

Dealing with conflict in your pharmaceutical job can be frustrating. Here are some simple steps to help you deal with it more effectively.


  • Remain respectful

Remember, no matter what the other party throws at you, the most important thing is that you remain cool, calm and collected in your place of work.


  • Offer solutions

Try to look at the situation objectively and think proactively about ways in which you might be able to improve it. My concentrating on resolution instead of conflict, you will automatically invite people to communicate more openly with you.


  • Be willing to compromise

Let it be known that you are always open to compromise. Before you enter into such a conversation be confident of your stance and have a clear idea of what areas you would be willing to compromise on. Be as flexible as you can and try to find a solution that is beneficial for both parties.


  • Get a mediator involved

Seek the help of a mediator to help resolve the conflict. This could be your supervisor or a colleague. They may be able to offer a fresh perspective on the conflict and offer some possible resolutions.


  • Listen

When dealing with conflict, make a conscious effort to let the other party to have their concerns and frustrations heard. Avoid interrupting them as they are talking and really listen to what they are saying.


  • Let it go

Always consider the consequences of this ongoing conflict – what will happen if you continue to disagree with the other party? Is it really worth the aggravation and potential disruption to your success at work?


Found this useful? See below for more helpful resources from CK Clinical:

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  • 25 Interview Mistakes
  • Clinical Research Job Interview Questions
  • Competency Based Interview Tips
  • Coping with Redundancy
  • CV Writing Tips
  • Data Management Interview Questions
  • Dress to Impress at Your Interview
  • How to Build a Rapport with Your Interviewer
  • How to Combat Stress in the Workplace
  • How to Handle a Bad Interviewer
  • How to Make a Good First Impression
  • How to Write a Cover Letter
  • Improve Your Workplace Happiness
  • Interview Preparation
  • Interview Tips
  • Linkedin Profile Tips
  • Online Job Hunting Mistakes
  • Presentation Tips
  • Questions To Ask Your Interviewer
  • Regulatory Affairs Interview Questions
  • RSS Feeds and Job Hunting
  • Social Media Tips
  • Staying Motivated During Your Job Search
  • Telephone Interview Tips
  • The Best CV Buzzwords
  • Using Recruitment Agencies
  • Work-Life Balance Tips
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    12 Ways to Handle Criticism in Your Pharmaceutical Job

    12 Ways to Handle Criticism in Your Pharmaceutical Job 1, Listen – Usually the criticism will be coming from someone who genuinely wants to help you improve, so make sure you listen to what your critic has to say and try not to get too defensive.

    2. Ask questions of the critic – This will help you evaluate whether this criticism is valid or not. Criticism can sometimes be genuine or given with an ulterior motive. Genuine criticism is a valuable tool for career development and there is always room for improvement.

    3. Keep an open mind – Even if you don’t necessarily agree with the criticism, give it a try anyway – You never know, you might discover better ways of doing things.

    4. Discuss – Discuss the criticism, how it arose and what improvements you can make to overcome it.

    5. Invite criticism – Regularly invite feedback from your managers, supervisors and fellow colleagues. Make a point of asking how you are doing – you will may receive criticism, but you will be surprised at the amount of praise you are given.

    6. Don’t take it personally – Remember, there is a difference between criticism that is intended to hurt you, and criticism that is intended to help you.

    7. View criticism as feedback – This may help you to think of the criticism in a more constructive way and make improvements.

    8. Don’t respond immediately – Take time to think about your response, and give it calmly.

    9. Smile –Smiling will help you relax and think more positively about the situation.

    10. Take ownership of your mistakes – When your critic brings to light a legitimate mistake you have made, don’t get defensive or make excuses. Take responsibility for your actions.

    11. Say thank you – Once you have taken time out to consider the criticism, thank your critic. Think of it this way – this person has cared enough to let you know where you are going wrong and has suggested how you can remedy the situation.

    12. Take action and follow up – Once you have received criticism, take steps to improve immediately. Then follow up with your critic to let them know how you are actively rectifying the situation. This demonstrates that you have listened to you critic and have respected what they have to say.

    Did you find this post interesting? See below for more careers advice and support for jobseekers in the pharmaceutical industry.

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    CK Clinical Help Jobseekers in the Pharmaceutical Industry


    CK Clinical are committed to helping jobseekers get the perfect pharmaceutical job for them.

    In a bid to help candidates along the way, CK Clinical will be producing a series of Youtube videos concentrating on the best way to answer difficult interview questions. The videos will each focus on a specific industry sectors including:

    • Drug safety
    • Medical information
    • Regulatory affairs

    These videos are designed to ensure you are well prepared for your pharmaceutical job interview; after all, the key to success at interview is preparation. Through good preparation you are more likely to win over the interviewer and convince them that you are the best man or woman for the pharmaceutical job.

    In order to compile a list of difficult interview questions, CK Clinical used Linkedin to ask jobseekers to tell us about their nightmare interview experiences within the pharmaceutical industry. We had a brilliant response and the most common ghastly interview questions appear to be as follows:

    • What did you most dislike about your former boss?
    • What are your weaknesses?
    • Why did you leave your last job?
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    • What are some criticisms other people have of you?
    • Give me an example of a time you failed?
    • Why shouldn’t I hire you?
    • What makes you different from the other candidates we are interviewing?
    • What is the most difficult event you have experienced in your life? How did you manage through it? What did you learn from it?
    • Don’t you think you are over qualified for this position?
    • Why would you want this position when you have held higher positions previously?
    • What do you feel your key development areas would be over the first 3, 6 and 12 months in this role?
    • Why do you want to join this company?
    • What is the most difficult decision you have ever made and why?
    • How will you be able to adapt to this start-up position? (Aimed at an older candidate).
    • If you and your immediate supervisor disagree on how things should be done, what would you do? Would you go against your supervisor’s judgment?

    By producing a series of Youtube videos tackling the best way to answer difficult interview questions, CK Clinical hope to provide you with an insight into what exactly it is that the interviewer within the pharmaceutical industry wants to hear. With well prepared answers under your belt, you will be one step further towards to getting the perfect pharmaceutical job for you.

    These Youtube video’s will be available to view on our website the week commencing 20th November 2009. In the meantime, CK Clinical has prepared the following advice for candidates in the pharmaceutical industry:


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