How to follow up after receiving an interview rejection email?

Thank you for your time attending an interview with us. I regret to inform you that…

Yes, that’s it! The interview rejection email has landed in your inbox. You didn’t get the job…

When you hear that you haven’t secured your dream job, you’ll be disappointed. It’s normal! 

Take some time to digest the news. And always remind yourself that rejection is good. 

Good? OK, not as good as getting the job, but better than not trying at all. 

When you’re ready and have come to terms with the decision, it’s time for you to send a follow up email and ask for feedback on your interview

I know, you might not feel like it, but it’s the only way you can make the most of your rejection and be better next time. 

Here’s how you should approach it:

  1. Thank them: not for not choosing you, but for their time and consideration. 
  2. Take the rejection gracefully: express your disappointment but focus on what you enjoyed about the experience.
  3. Reiterate your interest: don’t beg for the job but tell them that you’d love to keep in touch and are still interested in working with them.
  4. Ask for feedback: if they have already explained why you didn’t get the job, you can skip this. If not, you need to show that you’re someone who wants to learn from their mistakes and improve.
  5. Wrap it up: one more thanks and goodbye!

Easy?

Use this template as an example to get you started:

Hi {{Name}}

Thank you for your message and consideration for the role of {{Job Title}}. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss with {{whoever you spoke to}} and learn more about {{Company}}

While I am disappointed to hear that I wasn’t selected for the role, I am still very interested in joining your team and would appreciate your consideration should another job opportunity become available in the future. 

If possible, I would like to hear any feedback you might have on my interview to help me with my job search. 

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

Best regards, 

{{Your Name}}

{{Your Contact Details}}

That’s it. 

Now you can move on with your job search. 

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