You finally got the letter you’ve been waiting for days. You open it with anxiety and a mixture of optimism – pessimism overwhelms you. You pause for a moment, finally reading it. Rejection. And somewhere there you meet both sadness and anger. Before you start torturing your mind with pointless thoughts though, it is good to put in yourself 5 productive but at the same time “hard” queries.

1) Did I really want this job?

It is easy to be seduced by the prestige of a company name or the rumors that precede its name. But you have to think: Am I sure I could meet the demands of the job? Am I sure I wanted this post? Did I just want to work for this company because it would look good on my resume? Did I just want the salary? Interviewers can easily tell if the candidate is excited about the position or has other motivations.

2) I was prepared enough

If the job search takes more than a certain amount of time, the person risks falling into the trap of “autopilot”. To send CVs everywhere, without adapting them first and without preparing enough for each interview. Did you cut and sew your CV correctly according to the position you are applying for? Did you research the company? It makes sense that you would not be able to do this if you sent a CV to any company with a vacancy. But maybe you should focus on the positions that really interest you.

3) What else may have contributed to my rejection?

Maybe things went so well that you really wonder why you were fired. Your resume was flawless and the interview went very well. So what went wrong? You may have missed a piece of the puzzle. Were you rude at reception? Didn’t you take care of your social media image enough, and when your profile was ‘searched’, to give the wrong impression?

4) Did I have to wait for it?

Maybe returning home you may not even remember that question you answered, or that answer you were not sure about. After all, you answered all the others, right? Error. That question that you could not adequately cover may have been of major importance to the position you were applying for. Think about the whole interview from the beginning. Play it like a video in your mind. Try to see what were the weak points of your interview.

5) What could I do better?

You have probably already thought of several points that you could improve. Focus on the most important of them and spend your efforts trying to improve it. You may need to rehearse the most common questions asked during the interview. You may need to take a closer look at your resume. Or you may just need to improve your job search on something that suits you. Whatever it is, choose to focus on one thing and do it as best you can, instead of too many things together.

Getting fired from a job is never easy. Even for the strongest characters. But remember, it’s what you do after rejection that matters. Anger, sadness and stress are unnecessary, they lead nowhere and above all, they are not productive. Self-criticism and self-improvement are.