Assuming the best
Taking rejection in stride is a good habit to get into when applying for a job or navigating your way through life. A company that has 5 positions to fill and 50 applications can’t hiring everyone. Do the math, and don’t take it personally.
Try to place yourself in their position. You are trying to run a company or a church or some other non-profit organization and you are already swamped. You are hiring more people because you really need more people to do the things that the people you already have do not have the time or the skills to do. There may be a sense of urgency and desperation in the air.
“We need to get some more staff and get them right now!”
And so, your application lands in some beleaguered soul’s email inbox on a Monday morning along with countless other application, requests, and complaints. Where to start? Clicking away, they eventually quickly scan through your application and nothing really stands out. Everyone’s mother knows (and if my mother is reading this, I do appreciate the vote of confidence) that their son or daughter stands head and shoulders above all the other applicants. But chances are that the people who do the hiring haven’t had a chance to be enlightened by your mother.
The unthinkable happens, and you are not invited to an interview. Shock. Horror. The earth shudders and shakes. The entire universe grinds to a halt. Time stands still. Slow motion sets in. Off in the distance a mournful dog howls.
Yes, you may have really needed that job, so I do not want to make light of your situation. Still, nobody was voting on your value and worth as a human being.
And even if they were, God’s perspective is what really counts in the end.