How to Ask for Feedback if You Didn’t Get the Job

Not being hired is a major downer, and you may end up feeling discouraged if you get a rejection. The good news is, you can turn that bad experience into a learning experience by asking for feedback to find out why you were passed over.

Getting feedback after a job interview that doesn’t lead to a hire can be important because you can make changes and improvements for future interviews. However, you need to know how to ask for feedback the right way. These tips can help:

  • Talk with the person you interviewed with. The person you spoke to will have the most relevant information about areas where you could improve and things you did well. And, since you established a relationship with them during the interview process, they are more likely to be willing to give you a little bit of help and advice.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time in providing feedback. When an interviewer takes time out of their busy schedule to provide you with feedback, it is important you recognize their effort. You should keep your request for feedback brief to limit the imposition and thank the hiring manager who provides it for giving you the insight you need to improve.
  • Let them know you hope to grow professionally. Many people are eager to help others benefit from their experience and knowledge. If the hiring manager understands your motivation is to improve in the future, they are much more likely to give you honest and productive feedback than if they think you’re just angry you didn’t get the job and trying to demand answers as to why. Be clear when you ask for feedback that your goal is to try to grow as a professional, rather than question the choice they made.

Don’t get discouraged when an interview doesn’t lead to getting hired. Instead, get proactive.  Give High Profile a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to let our skilled staffing service help you find a job that is right for you.