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Post-Interview Feedback Success

Post-Interview Feedback Success

Alison Green | Ask A Manager

Hands down, that is the most encouraging rejection I’ve ever had — and I’m glad to know that I didn’t get passed over because I stink, but because someone else was perfect!

Thank you for giving me the savvy to write an excellent resume and cover letter, and the courage to ask for more information. It’s definitely paid off, and I’ll be jumping back into my job search with renewed vigor.

Hooray! This is great to see.

This is a good reminder about asking for feedback after a job rejection. Four things to remember when you do:

1. Not every employer will give you feedback (some of the reasons for that are here), but you should not be discouraged by that or let it prevent you from trying in the future.

2. When you ask, it’s crucial that you not sound even slightly defensive or argumentative, or there’s zero chance you’ll get a candid answer. Note that in the letter above, it’s very clear that the writer isn’t objecting to the decision or feeling irked; she’s asking for advice and assistance, and doing it in a way that’s so engaging that any normal person would want to help her.

3. Related to that, I’ve received requests for feedback that sound like a form letter, or like the person is only asking because they’ve been told they should ask. The request above doesn’t sound that way. It sounds genuine, shows personality, and underscores that there’s a real person behind it. That helps.

4. Say thank you if you get a response. Giving feedback is not obligatory. If someone takes the time to help you, that person is doing you a favor. They’ll notice if you don’t thank them.