You thought you had the job opportunity in the bag, only to get a rejection letter in the mail. Should you a) shoot off an angry email to the hiring manager, b) write off the experience altogether or c) follow up.
The answer, of course, is “c”.
As one of the leading employment agencies in Phoenix, PrideStaff can tell you just because you didn’t get this particular job doesn’t mean you aren’t the right fit for another position within the company. And the best way to put yourself in the running for future opportunities is to follow up.
Here are some tips to help you:
Address the letter to the person you interviewed with.
If you interviewed with a department manager, but received a rejection letter from HR, address your follow up to the department manager. This is the person or one of the people making final hiring decisions, not HR.
Plus, if you’ve already interviewed with a hiring manager, then you’ve established a personal connection with them.
Express why you want to work for the company.
If you were rejected for a certain position, but still really want to work for the company, say so. Skills can be learned, but passion and enthusiasm for a job and an organization cannot.
By staying positive about the company – and why you want to work there – even after getting rejected, you’ll stand out in the mind of the hiring manager who will hopefully refer you to other opportunities that open up.
Ask what you can do to make yourself a better fit.
A hiring manager may ignore this inquiry. Or they may let you know that the person they did hire had more experience in a certain area, held industry certifications you didn’t, or simply did a better job interviewing.
Whatever feedback you can garner will prove invaluable next time you interview at this or other companies.
End on a positive note.
While it’s ok to let the hiring manager know you were disappointed you didn’t get the job, be sure to congratulate them on their final pick and wish them luck in the future.
You’d be surprised at how many candidate send angry or nasty letters or emails after not getting hired. Yours – if you play your cards right – will make you look graceful, professional and could be your ticket to a future opportunity at the company.
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