Posts on being rejected from companies

I got a question for mainly the advisors of Pathrise, but fellows and alumni can come in and talk about this too.

As long as you frame it in such a way that you’re saying you are able to learn something new and take on a growth mindset, is it okay to write a post on LinkedIn when you are rejected from a company that you’ve gotten invited for some interviews?

Three weeks ago, I made this LinkedIn post because I was rejected from being offered an internship with Shopify and wanted to show more about my willingness to learn in applying a growth mindset:

What led me to writing a few posts like these several times throughout the year was this post I saw on my LinkedIn feed back in January 2019. It’s a repost of a couple of tweets one of the founders of WhatsApp wrote, once in 2009, and once in 2014.

Sadly, my post about my rejection from Shopify has only raised a concern with two of my connections on whether recruiters would interpret it as a negative signal, but from my time writing posts like this, I really didn’t had a complaint about them. The post Swish Goswami wrote in the first place motivated me to write a post back in January, where I was rejected from a new grad role with Microsoft, but that there’s something else.

Personally, I think I should take my stories to my Pathrise advisors, but otherwise I’d like to see what you folks think.

I think the answer depends on what type of risk you’re willing to take. There’s this thing I think of as Silicon Valley CEO privilege, where new age corporate leaders are applauded for going against the grain (Zuck with his sweats, Musk with his subculture tweets). They can be authentic and do whatever they want and be rewarded (for the most part lol @elon). It’s a privilege that is earned as you climb up ranks, and I don’t think it aptly applies to people like us who are on the job hunt and have more to lose.

I think if you want to play it safe, you can still win by posting about the projects you’re working on, and talk about your job-ready skills for recruiters to see. It’s a win-win, where you let your work speak for itself, and the LinkedIn algorithm will share your work with a large audience.

In the future, when you’re at a safer height and are looking back retrospectively, you can perhaps share your rejections and how they’ve shaped you as a growth-minded individual.

At the end of the day, there’s a time and place for everything. These are just my opinions, but hope this sparks alternative thought or helps in some way.


Alright, you know what? I made an investigation myself, and at this point, it’s probably not worth making a big deal out of. Investigating more into it would be diminishing returns.

Basically, I’ll be myself and only change if I find out from interviews that they don’t want to hire me because of this LinkedIn post. Essentially, I’ll leave it alone.

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