How to cope with rejection/difficult feedback?
I have been applying for summer IB internships for over a year. After many rejections, I received an offer from a wonderful investment bank that I see myself being very happy at.
However, I also recently had the opportunity to interview with one of the most "prestigious" firms in banking. I never cared about prestige - it was completely meaningless to me. But, in the process of having a genuine shot at one of the "best" banks, I really fell in love with the idea of having it on my resume and the opportunities and training it would provide me with.
Iwent well. Unfortunately, I did not get an offer. The feedback was that I performed well, but I apparently was too bubbly (I am a woman and someone who is naturally very high energy and bouncy, but I understand and accept how this doesn't fit the stereotypical banker vibe).
I feel really horrible right now for missing such an incredible opportunity. I was told by one of my interviewers, the most senior person I interacted with, that he did not agree with this feedback and that he really fought for me to be there. He has also encouraged me to stay in contact with him and to reach out for coffee meets and advice.
I just feel very sad right now, though, even though I should be over the moon that I finally get to intern in IB. I would really appreciate any advice you please had for me on how not to take this rejection so goddamn personally. Thank you.