How to Ask for Feedback after an Interview
Post-Interview Feedback Can Be Really Helpful
Feedback, presented in the right way, can really help job candidates improve their interview skills and career success. However, so many job applications don’t ask for it and hiring managers don’t give it. Why?
In today’s busy work culture, many employers won’t take the time to give constructive feedback to candidates who didn’t make the cut–without being asked.
Respect Everyone’s Time
The hiring process can be lengthy and time consuming for employers and frustrating and drawn out for candidates. Everyone has time issues, so it is important to be sensitive to everyone’s time–on both sides of the table.
Once you are notified that you did not get the job, send an email so they can respond when they have time. I know this is a tough time, and our human pride can get in the way. But you have a lot to gain by getting some good feedback.
Your email can be very simple and short. For example:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to apply for [position] at [company.]
If you have time, I’d really appreciate some feedback about my interview skills and overall qualifications. I’m always looking for ways I can improve, and I value your insight as I continue my job search.
Thank you again for your time.
Asking For Feedback Indicates Maturity
It can be hard, but it’s worth it. Even if you weren’t the perfect fit for this particular position, the way you handle the entire interview process (including the rejection) could set you up to be considered in the future.
Asking for feedback shows that you are willing to learn and improve. It is also a great opportunity to let your positive attitude shine through.
You Might Discover Something You Didn’t Know About Yourself
Feedback and constructive criticism can be particularly hard to hear if you think you aced the interview. That is why it is really important to ask for it. You might discover you have an annoying habit you are unaware of. Maybe you tap your foot constantly and fidget. Maybe you looked at the clock too much. Maybe you interrupt people when they are talking. It might just be that you lacked certain skills or the hiring manager felt you weren’t the perfect cultural fit. The point it, you don’t know until you ask. Instead of torturing yourself by wondering–ask!
Additional Job Search Help
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Good luck out there, and happy hunting.
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