How To Ask For Feedback After A Job Rejection

Not being hired for a job after the interview is not the end of the world. Use this opportunity to grow yourself from experience. How? Why not ask the people for feedback who rejected you for the job? Who else would be better than the party that refused you for the job? After all, there must be a reason behind the rejection. The job market can be hard.

Hence, in this article, we shall focus our attention on asking for feedback after interviews (or a job rejection, for that matter).

Keeping things simple, I have divided the topic into four parts:
• Why ask
• When to ask
• What to ask
• How to ask

The following are explanations to help you understand the significance of each aspect of asking feedback.

how to ask for feedback after job rejection

Why ask for feedback

As mentioned in the introduction, there must be a reason for a company not hiring you for a job after the interview. So, it is only logical to ask them as they are the ones who rejected you. In other words, they know your weak aspects which you need to work on.

Hence, asking for feedback will let you know about your flaws; thus, letting you know what to work on.

You can use the feedback to work on your shortcomings. It could be a skill, knowledge, experience or attitude. Working on improving them will help you prepare for other jobs in the future.

That said, do not expect every company you interview for, to provide any feedback. As a standard rule, people associated with recruiting in companies aren't allowed to give feedback to the candidates. But then again, you won't know if they would do so or not until you ask. Asking for feedback has higher chances of getting some response. Hence, do not shy away from asking for feedbacks after failed interviews.

But, when should you ask?

When to ask for feedback

There’s a right time for enquiring about feedback after interviews. Ideally, you should inquire for feedback just after you get the news of rejection.

A company would either contact you via e-mail or phone call to tell you about the interview result.

If you receive the news of rejection via a phone call, ask them for feedback right away. In case, you were not around and received a voicemail, make the call just after you get the voicemail. If no one attends your call, cut it before the call goes to voicemail. That way, you have another chance to ask for feedback.

Alternatively, a company might disclose the news to you via e-mail. Never instantly respond to the mail. It will look like an act of desperation. Let some hours go by. Then; respond to the e-mail, asking for feedback.

So, what exactly should you ask?

What to ask

After knowing about the ‘why' and ‘what,' you need to know what exactly to ask for when enquiring for feedback.

Your response should have the following elements:
• Gratitude for the opportunity
• Inquiry for shortcomings
• Hinting about future employment possibility

The following text explains how each aspect helps with your answer.

Gratitude for the opportunity

Showing appreciation in your response to the company for providing you a chance shows humility. It portrays that you value their dedication, via time and effort, in giving you an opportunity to showcase your expertise and be employed. This act might make the company consider you for any suitable future engagements because of the portrayal of your good character.

Inquire about shortcomings

After you show your thankfulness, you should inquire about aspects of your skills, experience or attitude that can benefit from improvement. It is the theme of your response, asking for feedback after job rejection to understand where you went wrong and needs improving.

Hinting about future employment possibility

Do not end your response without suggesting a future engagement with the company. Give them a sign that you are looking forward to any employment opportunities that come available in the future. It will serve as a marker for them to possibly contact you in case of future openings.

Then again, how to do it? You must contact the hiring manager. Realize though, you should already be thinking about your future job search. They have decided you are not the right candidate for them. And this is all simply part of the interview process.

How to ask for feedback after job rejection

Getting rejected for a job feels terrible. However, do not let this feeling of rejection reflect in your response, i.e. do not sound bitter or angry in your response. Doing this, you will lose any good impression that you had created in your interview. Worse, companies might bar you from applying for any positions that come available in the future while also missing out on useful feedback from them.

Although you are dejected about being rejected, do not let this feeling show in your response. Instead, be polite and humble in your response. Answer in a calm tone, keeping your feelings in check.

With that, we have covered all the aspects – why, when, what and how of asking for feedback after the interview. Let's look at some examples.

"Okay. Thank you. I appreciate the effort and time you took to assess me, though it did not work out as expected. Maybe, you could help me with some feedback to improve…Once again, thank you for the time. I would love to work for this organization, so please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you find a job that might suit me. Thank you. Have a good day.”

"Thank you. I am very grateful of you, though the result wasn't as expected. On a further note, it would mean a lot if you could provide some feedback on things to work upon…Okay. Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you find a job that might fit me. Once again, thank you. Have a good day."

(‘…' are for the response of recruiter or interviewer you are talking to)

Both the above examples have the three elements we talked about in the ‘what’ part of asking for feedback.

Gratitude

"Okay. Thank you. I appreciate the effort and time you took to assess me, though it did not work out as expected…”

And

"Thank you. I am very grateful of you, though the result wasn't as expected…”

Inquire about shortcomings

“…Maybe, you could help me with some feedback to improve…”

And

“…On a further note, it would mean a lot if you could provide some feedback on things to work upon…”

Hinting about future employment possibility

“…I would love to work for this organization, so please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you find a job that might suit me…”

And

“…Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you find a job that might fit me…”

Knowing all that, I think now you have got a good idea related to asking for feedback after interviews.

But, there are some other aspects that you need to take care of.

Other aspects

Apart from all the why, when, what and how, there are some other things that you need to take care of when asking for feedback after job rejection.

Pursuing to change their mind

After an interview, the concerned organization would only contact you for declaring the result. Your response should be about acknowledging the fact and asking for tips to improve. Do not try to influence and change their decisions. They assess the situation with proper reasoning and then make their decision. So, trying to persuade them to reconsider their decision won't help; instead, it will reduce the chances of receiving any useful feedback from them.

Showing desperation or begging

You should not beg or plead for reconsideration when the company tells you about the result. It will reflect negatively on your character, making them see you as desperate and in turn, killing your chances for future considerations for jobs in the company.

Not taking the feedback positively

Remember the objective of your response after the job rejection – feedback. So make sure to take their input as feedback. Don't be bitter about the result and think of the feedback provided as irrelevant criticism. The people who work for companies hiring workforce are professionals with years of experience. When they give some feedback, be assured that there is some truth about you in their answers. So, make careful notes of everything that they say to use them later and end the response on a bright note.

Next thing to do

Work on creating a compelling profile with extensive expertise and experience. If you face rejections, do not shy away from asking for feedback, show your gratitude and enquire for weaknesses to work upon. Use the input to work on your skills and knowledge going ahead. And realize you will have to deal with job rejection.

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