You had daydreamed about that internship since the moment you finished the interview. It had felt so right – you knew the interviewer liked you and all you were waiting was for the offer letter before you put it up as your latest Facebook status! But then the confirmation never came and it just felt miserable.
Rejection can be awful being it personal or professional, but there are always ways to handle it right and get over it. So, don’t let this rejection pull you down, this is what you do if you don’t get that internship you had been dreaming of:
Ways to beat Internship Rejection Woes:
Relax: It’s not the end!
First of all, relax- Yes, take a deep breath and take some time out. Play FIFA or sweat it out at the tennis court or simply relax with a book. You need some time to recoup and get your energies back together. The interview process can be mentally draining and to do it in and out till you get the job can be taxing. Also, make sure you don’t keep going over it again either by yourself or when talking to your friends.
Learn with Feedback
Ask for feedback – After the initial rejection, do ask the recruiter if there is any feedback about your application. While it may not be possible all the time, some recruiters do guide applicants regarding the process and also have constructive feedback.
Reflect on the hiring process:
The feedback, if available, will probably point you towards why you weren’t the best candidate for the internship. However, it’s good to reflect on how you approached the internship interview process, if you missed on providing any documents, how the interview went, if you didn’t work on your presentation, were you late to the interview? This self-reflection will help you do better in future internship opportunities.
Revisit your application:
When you are applying for internships, it mayhappen that you end up submitting the same CV or cover letter to all the jobs. However, that is not good as not all jobs are the same. It is always best to customise your CV according to the internship opportunity and the skills needed for it. Make sure you whet each application before you hit send!
In a rush to land an internship, sometimes you end up hitting ‘apply’ on all the internship roles. This is a mistake a lot of freshers make! Recruiters need to find a reason to hire you for the internship, give them the reason right at the beginning. Make a creative resume and an impactful cover letter urging them to look at your candidature seriously.
Gain new skills:
Being fresh out of college does not always mean that you have all the new skills required to do a job. A National Employability Report states that only 18.43% of engineering students were employable for software services sector, and this number goes down to 3.84% for those looking at a startup technology role! So get yourself geared up for honing your skills.
And in the end, don’t stop pursuing! An internship is the best way to learn about an industry and get the right work experience, don’t waste this precious time. Apply to the right jobs and keep the momentum going without losing hope!
You have a whole host of internships waiting for you here.