Feedback! Feedback! Feedback! Feedback!🗣
Please ask for feedback particularly in cases where you made it past the initial phone screen, had a face to face interview or completed a particular take-home task for the company.
Respond to the rejection email by politely thanking them for the process, highlight perhaps one or two takeaways you got from the process, provide them with some candidate experience feedback (unfortunately most companies don’t ask for this but if you particularly enjoyed or disliked some parts of the process, you can politely communicate this to them in order to encourage them or motivate them to improve their process.).
Afterwards, ask for some feedback about their impression of you and the areas for suggested improvements. I’ll advise against asking them to ‘specifically tell you why you were not selected, this might discourage them from responding to you.
There are 2 primary things that can happen;
- You get a response! That would be amazing and this would help you in your future interviews and might also be relevant to your next job.
- You don’t get a response! 🙁 that’s also fine and perhaps this is perhaps the reason why most people don’t request feedback.
On a final note; the feedback you get will not only ‘feed your story’ but it might be the last tip you need to complete the puzzle! 🙂