Rejection is never easy, especially when it affects your career. It can be difficult to bounce back from a disappointing interview when it was a role you thought you were destined for. The worst part can be wondering why you were passed over for a role, and working out that answer on your own can be next to impossible.
So though a job rejection can turn your world upside down, it’s also a chance to learn form your mistakes, and develop your interview skills so that next time you apply for a dream role, you’ll land it straight away.
So when is it appropriate to ask for feedback after an interview?
It totally depends whether you’re working with a recruiter or directly with an employer. But either way, if you receive an email informing you you didn’t get the job, it’s totally fine to email back later that day or the next. If the news is delivered via phone, you can ask there and then, although respect that some people will prefer feedback via email since being put on the spot can be uncomfortable. Usually recruiters will give you some feedback anyway over the phone to let you know why the role wasn’t right for you. If you don’t receive an answer straight away, don’t persistently hassle, instead follow up a few days later.
Remember, not all organizations will be willing to give feedback; especially if you were turned down after an initial screening or phone interview, so don’t be presumptuous when you contact them. You’re more likely to get valuable feedback if you reached the final stage of the interview process.
Who should you ask for feedback?
The best person to ask generally would be the recruiter. Remember, they’ll have assisted you throughout the entire application and interview process, so they’ll understand more clearly even than the employer the reasons for your rejection. You can ask them at which stage in the process it became apparent that you weren't considered and why.
If you were interviewed directly by a company then ask for feedback from the person that interviewed you. If you do receive feedback, try not to become defensive if there is criticism. Constructive criticism is a good thing, as it’ll help you learn and develop. It also looks good from a recruiter or employers point of view if you ask for feedback since this shows you’re willing to learn from your mistakes. Therefore, this increases your chances of being considered for other future roles.
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