That first moment when you see that ad is the ouch factor. Within a span of ten seconds, you go through a myriad of emotions. First, you can’t believe it. You check the company and the language in the ad. Yup, exactly the same. Word for work. Then confusion sets in. Maybe there was some sort of mistake, mishap with the publishers, a cruel prank? When those options don’t pan out, anger swoops in. How could they pass up on someone like you (remember, they REALLY built you up). You were amazing, wonderful, fabulous. And then, comes the inevitable crash. It’s the realization that not only did you not get job, they didn’t think you were the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they were willing to start the process all over again because you were that bad of a candidate. It’s truly amazing, but all those emotions course through your body in one giant ball that can only be classified as a big “ouch!”
The ouch factor is really just the knee jerk reaction to rejection. Nothing more, nothing less. The only good thing with the ouch factor is that, like a bandage being ripped off a hairy arm, it comes in the form of a pointy arrow that shoots and then leaves. So in the end, maybe it’s better that the rejection came with such a swift force. At least it’s better knowing.